The Sims 4 teases an English countryside expansion pack

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The Sims 4 is teasing its next expansion and it looks like it'll be based in the English countryside, which has players wondering if the game will finally add a farming element. 

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Popular Simmers and influencers received a postcard from a fictitious town called Henford-on-Bagley, which sounds a helluva lot like real-world English towns that are quite literally built up around rivers (Newcastle upon Tyne or Stoke-on-Trent, anyone?). The picture on the postcard is a gorgeous watercolor of a stone bridge over a river and several houses dotted along its banks, with ample greenery you'd expect from an English village.

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The back of the postcard features a lovely message that reads "we are so pleased you're joining us in Henford-on-Bagley!" Its writers are certain the recipient will enjoy "the quaint countryside life" and asks them to "visit us at our Garden Stall when you arrive!" It's signed 'A & A Crumplebottom' which confirms the return of an iconic Sims 2 family. The Crumplebottoms are very sophisticated and wealthy, so their posh personalities will fit in well with an English countryside expansion.

Naturally, the mentions of a Garden Stall and the quaint countryside have Simmers wondering if The Sims 4 will finally add a farming gameplay element. Players have longed for a farming expansion pack and frequently request it in Sims forums and on Reddit. Modders have added Sims 4 farming expansions, but there has yet to be an official farming addition from EA. As Sims 4 forums Redditor u/Silverinkbottle writes on a post about the expansion pack: "Farming expansion heavy breathing."

The aforementioned postcard also contains a hint at when we'll learn more about the upcoming Expansion Pack: "I heard the mayor talking about a worldwide tourism video for Henford-on-Bagley premiering June 10 at 8am PT." So, if you're looking to get more information about the upcoming Sims 4 Expansion Pack, head to the official Sims YouTube page on June 10 at 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm BST for what will likely be the a proper expansion trailer. As an Anglophile who lived in the UK for several years, I can't wait to see the trailer!

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Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.