The Sims 4 Scenarios: Official Details and FAQ

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The Sims team has released the first official FAQ for Scenarios, a new challenge oriented gameplay feature coming soon to The Sims 4. This option will be available to all players for free with the game patch coming next week. Check out the official FAQ below!

What are Scenarios?

Scenarios are goal-based stories within the game where a player’s choice impacts the outcome. There are many different outcomes to Scenarios and many different ways to achieve those outcomes. That’s right, there’s more than one way to complete a Scenario, just as in real life! You never know how the story will go. How you get there is up to you!

Two Scenarios in the next patch update

On the day that Scenarios launch, you’ll be able to play two Scenarios: Making Money and Finding Love after a Break up. This first batch of Scenarios have a challenge aspect to them and are called ‘Challenge Scenarios’.

For example, Making Money places your Sim in a situation where they have zero simoleons in their bank account. To complete the Scenario you’ll have to work your way to one million simoleons. How you get there is really up to you! You could choose the noble route and work your way through hard work and dedication or you can get creative and get to a million simoleons in other ways…

How to access and play

Players that download the patch on November 2nd will have access to the brand new Scenarios feature. You’ll be able to access currently available Scenarios via the Main Menu following these easy steps:

  1. Click on the ‘New Scenario’ button on the Main Menu
  2. Choose the Scenario you’d like to try out
  3. Once you’ve selected your Scenario, choose whether you’d like to start a new save, or use an existing save. Please note: In the first version of Scenarios, a Scenario can only be started in a new household. We’re working on bringing existing households into Scenarios for a future update!
  4. Once you’re in CAS, create your household making sure to complete any requirements
  5. Next up, choose your world and lot. Remember, if you’re playing ‘Making Money’ that your household funds will be set to 0 once beginning. So, you may be in for quite the challenge if you choose to start with a bulldozed or unfurnished lot.
  6. Enter live mode, and enjoy!

More Scenarios to come

The party is just starting! There will be more Scenarios with different themes and different styles moving forward. Over time, you’ll notice new Scenarios appearing in the Main Menu. Some Scenarios will be available for a long time while others will be available for a limited time. So make sure to stay connected!

Scenarios FAQ

Where did you get your inspiration from for Scenarios?

We’ve been interested in creating new ways for Simmers to play, and the Scenarios feature was born from this. For our first batch, we looked to our vast community to see how you all have been inspiring others, so we’ve leaned into the concept of challenges as inspiration for this feature.

Can I use an existing household to play Scenarios?

For the first version of the feature you’ll only be able to add Scenarios to a new household in either a new or existing save. We’re working on expanding this out to existing households in the future, stay tuned for more updates.

Will there be more Scenarios in the future?

Yes! More Scenarios, new variations to existing Scenarios as well as new features will be added over time.

How many possible outcomes are there in one Scenario?

There will be several ways that a Scenario can end. We’ve listed a couple of possible outcomes in the description for each Scenario, but there are some that aren’t listed, too.

Can I continue playing with the save file of the Scenario afterwards?

Yes! You’ll be able to continue playing with the save file and the household that you’ve worked on completing the Scenario with.

If you choose a lot without a house will your sim still have 0 Simoleons?

Yes! In Making Money, you’ll be able to start a lot without a house if you’d like. This would be one way to create a more difficult Scenario if you’d like.

Are the challenges timed?

We do keep track of Sim time as you’re playing, so you’ll get to see how much Sim time has elapsed from start to your outcome, however there is no time limit once you’ve started the Scenario. There will be some Scenarios that are only available for a limited time. As long as you’ve started the Scenario before the limited time period has ended, you’ll be able to play the Scenario through to completion.