The Sims 4

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It says a lot about the world when your Sims care more about global warming than the government.

No, you’re not back in the early ’00s — The Sims is still a thing and it’s more popular than ever. Maxis, a studio of Electronic Arts, announced that The Sims 4 had more monthly players this past quarter than ever before, and the video game continues to churn out new content with the launch of The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle.

The ninth expansion pack of the life-simulation game offers players sustainable lifestyle options, introducing the evolving world of Evergreen Harbor, where Sims have a direct influence on the state of the environment. The new worlds include the cluttered Grims Quarry, the middling Conifer Station, and the rundown Port Promise. Players can make their Sims participate in a variety of eco-friendly activities, including producing their own electricity and water with renewable energy resources, growing their own food at home in a vertical garden, using the Recycler to break down unwanted items into reusable components, and dumpster diving to find a new TV, a table, a bed, and other newly recycled decor.


Players can also practice sustainability on-the-go with an Eco Living update for The Sims Mobile. The latest Sweet Treat Showdown event in the mobile game will feature an Upcycled Living theme, in which players can participate in challenges to earn unique in-game decor, furniture, and distressed clothing made from reclaimed materials.

The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle expansion pack is available now for $39.99 on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is rated T for Teen and requires The Sims 4 (sold separately) and all game updates to play. The Sims Mobile is free to download on iOS and Android devices.