The Sims 4 Neighborhood Stories bring life changes to your community
The Sims 4 The Neighborhood Story system is growing with new additions, including the ability to have automatic life changes for neighbors in your community.
While a big accent of The Sims 4 is the release of new premium content such as My Marriage Stories or the recently announced Decor to the max Kit, the developers are also taking the time to add new features to the base game such as food delivery and group cooking. Now, an improvement to the Neighborhood Stories system has been revealed – and this one is a real game-changer.
How? ‘Or’ What The Sims 4 Neighborhood stories work
Previously, The Sims 4 The Neighborhood Story System has unlocked the ability for Sims outside of your active household to automatically have life-changing events without having to change their active household. This system has now been updated (via PCGamesN) and extended these features to your entire neighborhood.
Here’s what can now happen to neighbors in your community, now including Sims not directly related to your family:
- Adopt young Sims into their homes, ages between infants and children.
- Become pregnant with their significant other and eventually give birth. Family-oriented Sims are more likely to do this, while uncommitted Sims are less likely. If a Sim or their SO hates kids, they never will.
- Some Sims can adopt a dog or cat instead (requires The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs).
- Join and leave careers. Sim traits heavily influence these decisions. Senior Sims can choose to retire.
- Households can enter and exit lots.
- Die in different types of crashes, based on risk factors such as age, traits, and career.
Obviously, some of these life changes (like death) can have a significant effect on the game world. This is precisely why the developers also give you the option to configure The Sims 4 Neighborhood story system in multiple ways.
First and foremost, the Neighborhood Stories system is divided into “My Households” (households that you have checked at some point) and “Other Households” (households that you have not checked). The Neighborhood Stories system is enabled by default for Other Households and disabled for My Households, preventing any automatic changes from occurring in Families you have controlled without your explicit permission.
The configuration options go further, however. In addition to the global on/off settings, you can define configurations for life events per household. Want to make sure no Sims in your neighborhood die from this system? You can do it. Want to stop people from leaving their homes? You can do that too. There are plenty of options to fine tune here.
Finally, you won’t have to leave your active game to check in on what’s going on with other families – you can click “Chick Recent Neighborhood Stories” on any mailbox to stay up to date on what’s been going on. changed in your community. You can buy The Sims 4 for PC via Steam now for $4.79 or your regional equivalent and explore this new feature at 88% off until March 28, 2022.