Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle is out now, if you need a break from Animal Crossing

Up-cycle, grow your own food and transform the Sims world in Evergreen Harbor.

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Find ways to live sustainably in Evergreen Harbor.

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The Sims 4, the life simulation game from Electronic Arts and Maxis, is back with the new Eco Lifestyle expansion pack, and that's good news if you're getting burned out on catching fish and catching bugs in Animal Crossing. The base game with the expansion pack became available to play on PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One systems on June 5, and it costs $40. Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle transports you to Evergreen Harbor, a bustling town focused on alternative energy sources and sustainability.

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With the expansion pack, Sims can decorate their homes with up-cycled furniture and dress in clothes made from reclaimed materials. They can install solar panels, wind turbines and dew collectors to help them produce their own water and electricity. Don't forget to build a garden so the fridge is stocked, too. 

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Your Sim's every choice directly influences life in Evergreen Harbor. Sims can take action to implement positive change like supporting green initiatives, setting up community spaces and taking care of their neighborhood. As Sims pick up trash, tend their gardens and use sustainable materials, the water will be clean, nature will thrive and the skies will be clear.


Evergreen Harbor will flourish if you take care of it.

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If your Sim doesn't take positive action, Evergreen Harbor will show that as well. Junk will accumulate on property, nature will retreat and air pollution levels will rise.  

"We're thrilled to give players the opportunity to explore an eco-friendly way of living in The Sims and play the change they want to see," George Pigula, Eco Lifestyle producer, said in a release. "By discovering and practicing sustainable habits, like using solar panels or wind turbines to power their electricity, or upcycling materials to create new furniture, players and their Sims can play with life in all-new ways." 


Implement positive changes in the community through the new Community Voting Board.

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Until Eco Lifestyle's release, Sims fans can still take environmentally conscious steps in their digital world with the Island Living expansion pack, announced at E3 last year. Your Sims can live in sunny Sulani and get a job working in conservation. Take care of the island and you'll see the fruits of your labor over time. If you don't, you'll see that too.

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