‘The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack’: Maxis Details Mood Swings, Parenting Skill, Toddler CAS Assets And More

With a week left before the launch of The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack, the folks over at Maxis tease fans with snippets of details about the downloadable content (DLC).

As revealed by Electronic Arts, this new Game Pack will add a new layer to the family-focused gameplay by allowing Simmers to experience the challenges of being a parent.

The Sims 4 DLC will have mommies and daddies deal with ill-behaved kids, rebellious teenagers and everything in between. The approach that players use in handling such situations will have a long-term effect on their game.

Simmers who make an effort to teach their children good manners will likely help them grow up with new Traits that will “positively affect their lives forever.” On the other side of the spectrum, of course, there will be consequences in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack for parents who do not take the time to correct the mistakes of their kids or teach them right conduct.

Maxis producer Dave Miotke and a game designer that only goes by the name Meg recently took some time to answer questions that The Sims 4 players have about the upcoming DLC for the hit simulation on Twitter. Through this, they revealed some interesting details about the Parenthood Game Pack.

On the gameplay side of things, Miotke said that there are “a few” Create-A-Sim (CAS) assets for toddlers in this The Sims 4 DLC. He also said that pimples are only exclusive to CAS and explained why such is the case and how they will work in the Parenthood Game Pack.

A screenshot from the new 'The Sims 4' game pack

When asked why they were only made accessible in the CAS instead of having them at random like The Sims 2, he said that they simply went with “what we think is the most versatile.”

“You choose when to place them on and to what degree and the game doesn’t try to tell you it’s a bad or unclean thing or anything like that. So an adult can have acne in the game and it’s not something gameplay considers negative in any way.”

Meanwhile, Meg teased that part of the things that parent Simmers will deal with in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack involve their little ones biting their elder siblings and basically anyone within their reach.

Parents will also have to handle the mood swings that their teenage children will have in the DLC, adding that the associated walk style that comes with it is “pretty funny.”

During the official announcement of the DLC, it was stated that parenting in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack will also involve the fathers and mothers helping their kids with their homework and school projects.

In line with this, the DLC will aid aspiring medical professionals to start early by allowing them to use the stethoscope on their teddy bears. Miotke explained that Parenthood Game Pack will not recognize it as a skill, but a part of playing with the Doctor Set. For the rest of the set, The Sims 4 producer said that kids will be able to “run through a variety of animations.”

A screenshot from the new 'The Sims 4' DLC

As far as the Parenting Skill of adults is concerned in the DLC, it will directly affect the Character Values of their kids, which, in turn, has an impact on the trait the kids get as they age.

The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack also allows elders or grandparents become Caregivers for the children if they’re not their biological parents. It was, however, emphasized that Teens cannot parent until they are Young Adults.

Other features in The Sims 4 DLC include the ability of players to pack “just about anything” into a sack lunch. Writing in the diary will also affect gameplay and moodlets.

With regards to the design, Miotke confirmed the addition of a new door in The Sims 4 DLC. He said the details on it change “depending on which variant you select from the build/buy catalog.”

The Parenthood Game Pack will also introduce “a surprising number of placemat options” so players have a variety of design to choose from to match every table and kitchen in the game.

The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack will be released on May 30.

[Featured Image by Electronic Arts and Maxis]