Community Blog: You Chose the Eco Living Theme! Now Pick an Art Style

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The Sims team has released the second part of their “Create a Stuff Pack” campaign. In this round you will vote on your preferred art style for the pack. Click here to vote.

Last week, we announced a brand new project where those of us here at Maxis will work hand in hand with all of you in the community to create a new Stuff Pack that represents players’ desires. After counting votes from Sims players across the world, you’ve selected “eco living” as the theme for the upcoming Stuff Pack that we’ll be developing together. Today we start the next major step in development, as we’re asking you to help select this pack’s art style.

If you’re just discovering this project today, then welcome! There are many decisions still to be made where your input will help shape what we create. What you’ll see in the survey below is what we call a “pack brief.” It starts with our Art Director, who gathers reference images and works with our concept artists to sketch the rough “room views” that you’ll see. These room views represent a slice of the furniture, décor, and clothing we hope to offer within this pack. It’s important that we select an art style before we task our concept artists with creating a full set of content. On a typical Stuff Pack, the Art Director would meet with Producers and Designers and we’d come to a decision as a group regarding the art style we want to move forward with. But as with everything on this project, we want your choices to guide us forward.

After we gather the results of this art style vote, our concept artists will start to draw a variety of objects and clothing that fit the art style that you’ve selected. The Objects & Clothing Vote, which starts May 18th, is where you’ll see the result of our concept artist’s work, and you’ll choose your favorite objects and pieces of clothing that will be included in this Stuff Pack. As a reminder, here’s the full schedule of upcoming votes. Come back on these dates and make your voice heard!

  • Art  Style Vote (April 10th – April 12th): Select between proposed art  styles for the pack, which will guide our concept artists in the objects  and clothing they create.
  • Objects  & Clothing Vote (May 18th – May 21st): Browse through the concept  art we’ve drawn for the pack, and select your top choices to help us  determine which objects and pieces of clothing are included.
  • Feature  Vote (June 23rd – June 26th): Select the top gameplay feature(s) you  want to have included in the pack.
  • Pack  Icon Vote (Fall): Peruse different icons and select the one that will  appear in the pack’s box art and within the in-game catalog.
  • Pack  Title Vote (Fall): Select a title that best summarizes the pack’s  atmosphere and content.

In between votes, you’re invited to engage in discussion and respectful debate in SimGuruGraham’s Corner on our official forums. Here you can chat with fellow players, ask questions to the dev team, and discover behind the scenes information regarding the pack’s progress from the developers.

FAQ – FORUMS – SURVEY (at the bottom)