If you’re a fan of the life simulation game known as The Sims, then you’re going to be over-the-moon to hear that EA are to be released the much anticipated expansion pack, Cats and Dogs!

This November, you’ll be able to get your paws on a whole array of animals in order to make your family whole. I, for one, am relieved I can finally make the entirety of my real life family – pets and all.

Here are the new features:

Create cats and dogs. Use the powerful Create A Pet tool to customise your Sims’ perfect cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. Choose from a variety of breeds, give them distinct personalities and directly manipulate their features. Easily personalise their coats with unique patterns to create your real-life pets, dream pets or something more fanciful. For the first time, complete their looks with expressive outfits and accessories.

Bond with your pets. Experience the companionship and fun that furry friends bring to your Sims’ lives. Cats and dogs have minds of their own and form special relationships with Sims based on their daily interactions. Your Sims care for, train and play games with their pets who all exhibit distinct and sometimes bizarre animal behaviours.

Become a vet and run a clinic. Build a veterinary clinic, hire a dedicated staff and further your career as the town’s most promising animal doctor. You’re in control of daily operations from the services offered to what you charge. Your Sims can diagnose and cure pets with critical surgeries or treat fleas and other afflictions with simple medications.

Explore Brindleton Bay. Discover the coastal shores of Brindleton Bay, a new world where your Sims and their pets can live and enjoy outdoor activities. Play fetch near the harbour docks, take a walk to the lighthouse or visit a park to setup an obstacle course and meet other pet-loving locals. Be on the lookout for stray pets that your Sims can take in as their own.

Some of you may be disappointed that it’ll only be cats and dogs joining you on your journey in The Sims, but I wouldn’t get downhearted just yet. EA seems to make a habit of releasing something that just feels incomplete, for their games. Think back to the original release of The Sims 4 – almost the entire community felt let down that EA had taken not just toddlers, but swimming pools away from their grasps. Or, well, not given them in the first place. It didn’t take long for them to implement both of these things, however, which means, if you’re hankering for a rabbit, guinea pig, or hamster in your latest save, you might only have to wait a little while longer.

Needless to say, we’re totally excited for this. One of the best parts of any Sims game is creating the families, and now that we’re getting some furry friends by our sides, it’s going to make the experience a whole lot more fun.

The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs is due to be released on November 9th 2017.

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