Electronic Arts (EA)’s Game Changers have the green light to preview the new Sims 4 game expansion pack for the public and I’m green with envy.

The Sims 4 at a gaming convention in Germany
The Sims 4 at a gaming convention in Germany
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Recently, EA announced Eco Lifestyle – the brand new fresh expansion pack for The Sims 4. This green-friendly expansion will introduce the neighborhood of Evergreen Harbor. Initially, I was unimpressed with the announcement, but I’ve since changed my tune. Here’s why.

The first announcement for this Sims pack left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Only a few months ago the Tiny Living stuff pack advocated for green living for our sims. When equipped with the micro, tiny, or small home lot trait our sims skills and gardens grew faster. Depending on the lot type, our green footprint increased and got rewarded with lower bills.

With these perks already in place, I questioned why the Eco Lifestyle expansion pack was necessary. However, after seeing the EA Game Changer’s coverage of the new items and ideas in the pack, I’m sold. Hook, line, and sustainable sinker.

Between the new Create A Sim looks, Build and Buy mode items, and exciting new skills, it’s hard to be anything but excited about this pack. The new hairstyles look fresh and cute, especially paired with the hipster clothes included in this expansion. I’m most intrigued by the recycling aspect of the pack. There are tons of new craftable items that our sims can sell or use to furnish their eco-friendly green homes.

A Green, Eco Friendly Logo
A Green, Eco Friendly Logo
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Along with recycling, the Freelance Crafter career in this pack looks promising. This new career encourages creatively going green with handmade candles and organic fizzy juice. The candles burn in real time, and our sims drink the juice! Plus, we see the return of the “juiced” emotion from The Sims 3.

We also get the new ability to dumpster dive in this pack to gather supplies for our sims upcycling escapades. And like any good expansion, we get another place for our sims to woohoo. That’s right, I’m talking dumpster. Woohoo. And the animation is hilarious!

To increase our green footprint and decrease our carbon one, our sims get alternative ways to reduce their energy waste. Bills are reduced, or eliminated, with the use of solar panels and wind turbines to create the ultimate house run on green energy.

Game Play Trailer for The New Expansion Pack

All this being said, we also have the option to increase our carbon footprint in this expansion instead. Our sims have access to all this incredible green, eco-friendly content, but we can make Evergreen Harbor a smog-filled world too. For every green choice we have, there is an equally less green option we can play with too. Clearly, I’m the person who wants to save the world, not make it worse.

This new expansion pack, including all these novel features and more, is available for pre-order now. The official release date is June 5, and you can find a fully detailed list for the new pack here.