The Sims 4 Patch Adds Lunar Cycle to Game

The Sims 4 Werewolves Game Pack comes out very soon, and in preparation, there is a new gameplay feature with the latest base game Sims 4 patch: lunar cycles. Other new stuff includes a brand-new smaller-sized telescope, more CAS and Build Mode stuff, and the usual bug fixes.

The Sims 4 Patch Adds Lunar Cycle to Game

The Sims 4 Werewolves Game Pack will be coming out June 16th. As whenever there is a major pack release for The Sims 4, the base game has been updated to reflect the latest supernatural Game Pack. With this Sims 4 patch, lunar cycles are the biggest addition, complete with different phases of the moon, varied lighting of the moon, and new interactions for your Sims. That’s not all; also with the latest Sims 4 patch is a newly-designed telescope object, a much smaller variation of the big observatory object (and that’s been updated as well). There’s even more that’s come with this patch, so read on to find out.

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Lunar Cycle

With a Game Pack about werewolves, what does The Sims 4 need for that? A lunar cycle. With the addition of this Sims 4 patch, lunar cycles will affect how werewolves behave, but it will do a lot more than that.

After this patch is downloaded, you’ll notice that the lighting may be different at night. This depends on what phase the lunar cycle is in. This can be seen in almost all worlds in The Sims 4 (excluding certain places, including the Magic Realm from The Sims 4 Realm of Magic Game Pack).

The moon will have an effect on your Sim, depending on their age, occult, and the moon’s phase. Your Sims will get a gameplay boost depending on the phase. By hovering over the moon icon in the bottom center of the screen, it will tell you what the current phase of the moon is. Also, if you want to find out when the next full moon is, you can look in the calendar.

You can find out what phase the moon currently is in by hovering over the moon icon.

You can find out what phase the moon currently is in by hovering over the moon icon.

Occult Sims (not just werewolves) will be affected by the moon, depending on the phase. For example, mermaids will lose less hydration, vampires will recharge their powers slower, and spellcasters are more successful at casting spells. There’s also a new interaction for aliens (and other Sims who are teen or older): moonbathing. Aliens will get a special moodlet for performing this action.

Toddlers get some special moon interactions, too. They can ask questions about the moon phases. They can even say goodnight to the moon! By saying goodnight to the moon, this gives them a special effect. They will have moon dreams, which varies based on the current phase.

Moon Phases

There are 8 phases the moon will go through, which are:

  • New Moon
  • Waxing Crescent
  • First Quarter
  • Waxing Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Waning Gibbous
  • Third Quarter
  • Waning Crescent

By default, the moon’s phase will change every night. However, if you wish, you can alter the length of the phases in the game’s settings. The lengths in days are 2, 4, 8 (default), 16, and 24. There’s also the option to make a phase permanent. Also, you can turn off moon effects. To find the lunar cycle settings, go into the Environment section in the Options menu.

You can change the settings for the lunar cycle in the Options menu in the Environment section.

You can change the settings for the lunar cycle in the Options menu in the Environment section.

New Telescope and Updated Observatory

With the newest Sims 4 patch, lunar cycles being added means that your Sims will probably want to study the moon close-up. To do this, they can use the base game observatory, which has some updated interactions, or they could use the brand-new telescope object. This is a scaled-down version of the much-bigger observatory. The Sims 4 Werewolves will get a second variation of the telescope, but those who don’t get the Game Pack won’t miss out with this new base game object.

With the new telescope, most of the interactions from the observatory can be used, excluding a few obvious ones like WooHoo. You also won’t be able to get space prints as you did with the observatory with the telescope.

This scaled-down telescope features most of the same interactions as the larger telescope, a.k.a. the observatory.

This scaled-down telescope features most of the same interactions as the larger telescope, a.k.a. the observatory.

You should be aware that if you use the telescope at night, be wary of falling meteorites. There is a new death in The Sims 4: death by meteorite! 

The old observatory hasn’t been neglected. You can now get 10 new prints of the moon from it.

These are all the prints you can get from the observatory. Among these are 10 new prints of the moon.

These are all the prints you can get from the observatory. Among these are 10 new prints of the moon.

Create-A-Sim Updates

There are some new Create-A-Sim additions added with this patch. For starters, there’s a new beard to check out.

The next addition regards the base game update that came around the time The Sims 4 My Wedding Stories came out. Two of the base game wedding dresses were updated with new color variations, including rainbow. These dresses have been updated again with more rainbow variations, each affecting different parts of the dresses.

Staying on the subject of the My Wedding Stories update, another item added in the base game then was the wedding hijab with the veil. You can now get the hijab minus the veil.

Look out for these new additions in Create-A-Sim.

Look out for these new additions in Create-A-Sim.

New Wall Pattern and Terrain Paint in Build Mode

There’s more stuff to find in Build Mode. There is a new base game wall pattern: The Brickery Elite – Caution. This complements the original base game wall pattern, The Brickery Elite.

There are also two new base game terrain paints, one with tiny rocks and another with pine duff.

There's a new variation of the original Brickery Elite wall.

There’s a new variation of the original Brickery Elite wall.

Updated Scenarios User Interface

Scenarios are a fairly new addition to The Sims 4. With this patch, the user interface has been updated with some improvements for Scenarios. If you’re a brand-new player to The Sims 4, you’ll get a welcome screen for Scenarios in the main menu. The Scenarios menu has a new tile system that shows what to start with and possible endings. Scenario recommendations will also be shown. The time-limited Scenarios will also be shown at the top of the screen. Also, when playing a Scenario, the tab will better display what actions you should do. 

The Scenarios page, as seen in the main menu.

The Scenarios page, as seen in the main menu.

Wolfsbane Plant

This plant was originally included in The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack, but this patch means you can also find it in Moonwood Mills, the new world coming with Werewolves. You can also get it through cheats and random rewards.

Bug Fixes

As well as new objects and interactions, this patch also includes the usual bug fixes for The Sims 4. Specifically, it addresses issues found in the base game, Snowy Escape Expansion, Spa Day Game Pack, Realm of Magic, Dream Home Decorator, and My Wedding Stories.

That pretty much sums up the latest patch for The Sims 4, in preparation for the Werewolves Game Pack, which drops on June 16th on PC, Mac, PlayStation consoles, and Xbox consoles.

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