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The Sims 4: Cottage Living
The Sims 4: Cottage Living
The Sims 4: Cottage Living
Box art for The Sims 4: Cottage Living
Development
Developer(s) Maxis, The Sims Studio
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Release date(s) July 22, 2021
Technical information
Platform(s) Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Mode(s) Single-player
System requirements Minimum system requirements on TheSims.com
Game features
Themes Farming, Nature, Outdoor, Pets and Animals
Creatures Chicken, Cow, Fox, Llama, Rabbit, Wild bird
Worlds Henford-on-Bagley
TS4 EP11 Cottage Living Icon

The Sims 4: Cottage Living is the eleventh expansion pack for The Sims 4. It was announced on June 10, 2021 and was released on all platforms on July 22, 2021.[1]

The expansion pack is focused on country life, and includes various animals such as cows, chickens, llamas, wild birds, rabbits and foxes. It also features an England-inspired rural world of Henford-on-Bagley. The pack includes elements of The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims 2: Seasons, The Sims 3: Pets and farming sets from The Sims 3 Store.

Official description[]

Raise or Befriend Animals – The cottage cow provides fresh (flavored!) milk for everyone while chickens lay eggs in the coop. Gather llama wool for crafts, but beware of mischievous foxes – the pesky critters love eggs! In the forest, keep an eye out for wildlife like rabbits and birds to earn their trust for occasional gifts and help in the garden.

Live Off the Land – Make cooking and gardening fun for the whole family. New recipes and Lot Challenges require fresh ingredients for each meal. Whether Sims grow their own produce, visit the village market, or forage in the wild, fresh is best! Up for a challenge? Try growing oversized crops to enter into the competition at the Finchwick Fair.

Embrace Village Life – Henford-on-Bagley is a cozy village where everyone knows everyone. So pack a picnic basket and cross-stitch hoop, and head down to The Gnome’s Arms pub to kick back with the locals after a long day. Earn unique gifts and learn about the town’s lore from neighbors, or participate in the Finchwick Fair to show off your most prized cow or chicken.

New features[]

World and neighborhoods[]

Main article: Henford-on-Bagley

The expansion pack includes a new world - Henford-on-Bagley. It is a rural, UK countryside-inspired world with three neighborhoods and 12 lots. The world has a rental lot in The Bramblewood, allowing Sims to vacation there.

Livestock and wild animals[]

This pack features a variety of animals that Sims can interact with. Chickens, cows and llamas can be purchased at animal accommodations like the chicken coop and animal shed. Chickens produce eggs, cows produce milk that can be changed to flavored milk by feeding the cow with certain items and llamas can be sheared for wool.

Foxes, rabbits and wild birds are roaming around the world as wild animals and Sims can build relationships with them. Befriending wild animals grants various gameplay bonuses like wild animals helping with growing harvestables or delivering gifts.

Farming Together[]

EP11 Promo 4

Sims can find and forage in the wild for new fresh ingredients as the lot challenge "Simple Living" makes it so ingredients are required to cook recipes, putting importance on self-sustaining farm living. Sims can now have crop fields that can grow normal and oversized crops for plentiful fruits and vegetables, Sims will also find it easier if they work together to cook their meals. Making livestocks also provide for the family for eggs and milk for food, and the wool for Sims who wanna sit back and cross stitch beautiful designs and clothes for animals.

Town Fairs and Errands[]

The-Sims-4-Cottage-Living-Village

Sims can partake in the Henford-on-Bagley fairs that put many things to the test from best chicken to best oversized crop, interacting with the locals can help intermingle in the village's townsfolk relationships and lives. Sims can perform one off jobs called errands to help get extra work done for the town.

New additions[]

New Objects

New Traits

  • Animal enthusiast - These Sims are obsessed with animals, and will seek their company often. They will have an easier time caring for animals and getting closer to them.
  • Lactose intolerant[2] - These Sims will become sick if they eat dairy, but will feel great if they have avoided it for a while.

New Aspiration

  • Country Caretaker (Nature) - Country Caretakers want to tend the countryside and befriend all animals and critters!
    • Campestral Curator - Purchase 1 Cow, Chicken, or Llama on Your Home Lot · Socialize with a Fox, Rabbit, or Bird 5 Times · Purchase 1 Garden Patch for Your Home Lot · Visit Finchwick, Old New Henford, and the Bramblewood Neighborhoods in Henford-on-Bagley
    • Agrestic Savant - Befriend a Chicken, Cow, or Llama · Place 1 Wild Rabbit Home or Flock of Wild Birds on your Home Lot · Fertilize 3 Plants or Oversized Crops
    • Critter Keeper - Give 3 Gifts to Foxes, Rabbits, or Birds · Craft Animal Treats 5 Times · Harvest 1 Perfect Quality Oversized Crop · Forage 5 Items from the Bramblewood
    • Legendairy - Reach Maximum Relationship with a Cow, Chicken, or Llama · Receive 3 Gifts from Rabbits or Birds · Win a Competition in Henford-on-Bagley's Finchwick Fair
      • Reward trait: Nature Conversationalist - Nature Conversationalist Sims have improved relationships with animals, allowing their animals to live longer, happier lives. Rabbits and birds will bring them more gifts. And they can interact with plants in unique ways, receiving more yield from harvests. They will also receive free grocery delivery, and, when residing in Henford-on Bagley, a discount on their bills.

New Skill

New Radio Station

  • Cottagecore

New NPCs

New Families

New Collectibles

  • Plants
    • Blueberry
    • Charming Mushroom
    • Chocoberry
    • Lovely Mushroom
    • Mysterious Mushroom
    • Nightly Mushroom
    • Spicy Mushroom
    • Raspberry
    • Verdant Mushroom
    • Wild Mushroom
  • Chicken egg
  • Cow milk
  • Llama wool
  • Village Fair Ribbons

New Activities

  • Befriending birds, and wild bunnies
  • Canning
  • Crafting with wool
  • Collecting eggs, feeding, and hatching chickens
  • Growing large and oversized produce
  • Having picnics
  • Milking cows
  • Ordering groceries
  • Participating in the Finchwick Fair
  • Shearing wool from llamas
  • Running errands for the locals

New Lot Challenges

  • Simple Living lot challenge - Makes cooking cheaper, but it also means recipes depend entirely on what you've got in your inventory. Forage in the nearby woods for mushrooms and berries, borrow some milk and eggs from your animals, and keep your garden full.
  • Wild Foxes lot challenge - This makes foxes more prevalent on a lot. They can often be seen lurking around, trying to steal eggs from chicken coops or attack bunnies.

New Recipes

  • Bangers and mash
  • Beef wellington
  • Canned food
  • Jars of jam
  • Milk bread
  • Pastries
    • Crumpets
    • Pie
  • Yorkshire pudding

New Types of Death

  • Death by Killer Chicken
  • Death by Killer Rabbit

Integrations[]

The following list shows how several existing packs integrate with The Sims 4: Cottage Living:

Horse Ranch

  • Hired ranch hands will care for chickens, cows and llamas.
  • Mini-goats provide Sims with milk when milked.
  • Mini-sheeps provide Sims with wool when sheared.

Trivia[]

  • Cottage Living reintroduced the pre-order bonus for expansion packs. The last expansion pack in The Sims series to include such a pre-order bonus was The Sims 3: Into the Future.
  • While llamas have only been referenced in the previous games, they make their first physical appearance in Cottage Living.
  • The reveal trailer features a Simlish version of "Be Sweet" by Japanese Breakfast.
  • This pack introduces Agatha Crumplebottom, a cousin of Agnes Crumplebottom.
  • Just like The Sims 4: Snowy Escape, a physical edition wasn't released in Australia. A digital download for the PlayStation 4 was released though and is available on the EB Games website.

Gallery[]

Music[]

Cottagecore[]

  • MAY A - Apricots
  • Japanese Breakfast - Be Sweet
  • Osei The Seventh - Café Delux
  • Julien Baker - Faith Healer
  • Kari Kimmel - Forever To Hold
  • Lucy Dacus - Hot & Heavy
  • Vagabon - In A Bind (Batry Powr Remix)
  • Beabadoobee - Last Day on Earth
  • Lexi Jayde - Newbury Park
  • Sara Kays - Remember That Night?
  • Chloe Kat - Zooboe Bryyboe

References[]

"The Sims" Chronology
Preceded by
The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator
June 1, 2021
The Sims series PC games Followed by
The Sims 4: Industrial Loft Kit
August 24, 2021
Preceded by
The Sims 4: Snowy Escape
November 13, 2020
The Sims 4 expansion packs Followed by
The Sims 4: High School Years
July 28, 2022
The Sims series expansion packs


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