The Sims 4 community is buzzing with anticipation as Electronic Arts (EA) unveils two new downloadable content (DLC) kits set to release this week. These additions, the Castle Estate Kit and the Goth Galore Kit, stem from themes chosen by players in a vote last summer, adding fresh excitement to the game.
For players who revel in “The Sims 4” build mode, the Castle Estate Kit is a dream come true. It offers an array of 25 different stone structure options, including majestic doorways, a portcullis, and a variety of glass window choices. The hope for stained glass swatches adds to the excitement.
EA’s preview post showcases a splendid garden estate, igniting the imagination of players who are eager to explore these new architectural elements. The Castle kit is poised to inspire increasingly ambitious and creative builds as players delve into its offerings.
The Goth Galore Kit, however, is receiving a more mixed response. Even for players who spend less time in the Create-A-Sim mode, some items in this kit, such as a leather jacket, dress, and tops, appear to closely resemble existing clothing pieces from the base game or other expansions.
While there are 19 other items in the kit, early impressions suggest that goth enthusiasts may find the selection underwhelming. The community’s reaction on social media is divided, with some excited for the new content, while others express disappointment.
The themes for these kits were democratically selected by the community, reflecting a direct response to player preferences. Many are excited to see their choices come to life, especially those who favored the castle theme over other options like “high tech futurism.”
However, there is an ongoing debate within the Sims 4 community about the value of these kits. Given the game’s robust custom content community, some players find the idea of paying $5 for a small selection of items, without any new gameplay, a bit underwhelming. Many agree that Stuff Packs, which include build items, Create-A-Sim pieces, and new gameplay for $10, offer a better value.
The early 2024 roadmap for The Sims 4 revealed that a new Stuff Pack is in the works, much to the relief of fans seeking more comprehensive updates. As these kits are just the beginning of this year’s DLC offerings, there is a strong likelihood that EA will again seek player input for future themes. For now, both the Castle Estate Kit and the Goth Galore Kit will be available for purchase on Thursday, January 18, each priced at $5.