The Sims 4 getting vampiric mini-expansion this month

Bela Lugosi may be dead but soon you’ll be able to revive him and stalk around undead undead undead in The Sims 4 [official site]. The next DLC ‘Game Pack’ for EA’s live ’em up will introduces vampires who, sure, will have supernatural powers, drink blood, and own ha-ha-hilarious spookhouses but ultimately live the same as everyone else. That’s the ennui of the vampiric condition for you. The Sims 4 Vampires is due on January 24th so you’ve got a bit to dust off your crushed velvet frock coats, gang.

As EA’s announcement explains, Vampire characters have two forms with different appearances: one regular and one xXdarkvampireXx for when they’re doing their majick tricks. Obviously they come with natty vampiric cosmetic options. That’s half the point of being a vampire, y’know. Vampires can also change into different forms, gain powers, convert other folks into vampires, decorate their homes with a load of new vampiric decor like coffins and organs… they’re vampires, right?

The pack also introduces a diddy new five-lot neighbourhood, Forgotten Hollow, which looks proper spooOoky.

Here, you can see all this in the announcement trailer:

But: will they yell the Simlish equivalent of “Bleh!” when striking? Because they really shouldn’t. Though then you get into difficult territory of which sort of vampires these are. Sure, they do have options to look all Count Orlok-y but given that they’re still Sims at heart I suppose ultimately we’re talking Twilight. Or Dracula: Dead and Loving It?

4 Comments

  1. Blowfeld81 says:

    This will sell like crazy. I wonder, why they are so late on the vampire hype train… Let’s see, if they release a zombie mod in about 5 years from now and a survival edition in about 10.

    They should slowly include a lot more fantasy figures, so the kids can turn this into a inofficial Monster High Spin off. Oh, the moneys, EA, the MONEYS!!!

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      Mungrul says:

      Nah, they’re not late on this train. Vampires have been part of The Sims since the first game, but they’re always introduced in an optional expansion.

      This one is irritating in that it’s nowhere near as generous as the expansion of The Sims 3 that introduced vampires, Supernatural. That gave players vampires, werewolves, zombies, fairies, witches and wizards and a whole slew of other interesting gameplay mechanics.

      I’m not fooling anyone, as I’m currently binging on the game and will probably end up buying this pack no matter what. Having said that, EA seem to be getting more and more brazen with DLC, seeing how little they can sell for the most cash possible.

      The Sims has always been seen as exploitative in this respect, but they seem to be reaching their nadir of nastiness with Sims 4. I wouldn’t be surprised if they intend to release all those other fairy tale life states I listed above as individual “game packs”.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        After playing Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines and Redemption, I desperately wanted another vampire game and kept watch for anything vampire related, which is why I know that The Sims includes vampires. Not the right sort of vampires, though, and I don’t know when I’ll get a game like that. Perhaps Vampyr will sate my thirst, because Paradox haven’t done anything yet with their purchase of the company behind the setting of Bloodlines and Redemption.

  2. carewolf says:

    So the early 2000s are already retro again?