It has taken almost seven years since The Sims 4 was first released, but grocery shopping will make a comeback to the game with the upcoming Cottage Living Expansion Pack.
Set to be released on 22 July 2021, the 11th expansion is focussed on a live off the land lifestyle, rather than a full-on farming expansion, but it has so far hit the right notes with most Sims 4 players.
Cows will come home and chickens will roost while llamas, foxes and bunnies will also add an extra layer of fuzzies to Henford-on-Bagley.
Groceries set for a comeback in The Sims 4
The countryside town will also bring back one of the most understated gameplay elements: groceries.
In the official blog post announcing the upcoming pack, it was explained that players will be able to “place an order with the local grocery shop and get all your ingredients delivered right to your doorstep”. Sims will also be able to run down to the local grocery stall to grab ingredients like beef, chicken and other goodies.
Sim Guru Romeo explained further on Twitter that the grocery stall is run by a new local NPC, Kim Goldblock.
Stall is the key word here. That storefront in the reveal trailer might just be a debug shell building. It is also not clear yet if grocery delivery (or shopping for it) will be available in other worlds. Please note: we say might because as is custom with the release of new DLC for The Sims 4, full details of what players can expect usually trickle in during the build up ahead of a pack’s release.
While further details are yet to be revealed, grocery purchases – for the new Sims 4 Cottage Living Expansion Pack at least – be restricted to a stall and not a new Lot Type.
At the time of writing, though, Sim Gurus had not expanded on any new lot traits that might come with the pack or The Sims 4 base game update preceding the expansion.
With the release of The Sims 4 Cottage Living still over a month away, there is much more still to be revealed and there might be a few pleasant surprises in store. Pun absolutely intended.