Earlier this month, the genealogy feature was (finally!) introduced to The Sims 4. To celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, the team at EA have brought in this tool which will allow players to track their Sim families. Simple as it may sound, this was a feature that was sorely missed by many players. I know I personally didn’t enjoy the game as much without it. In fact, it was one of the main reasons why I only played The Sims 4 on and off for a couple of months after its release and then kind of just forgot about it.
The return of genealogy and family trees to The Sims series has sparked my interest in this latest game once again. It immediately inspired me to make a brand new family from scratch — and I also decided to do the Legacy Challenge with it! For those unfamiliar with the Legacy Challenge; it basically involves creating a single Sim and starting them out on an empty lot with low funds. The idea is that you build a life and a legacy for this Sim from scratch, aiming to have ten generations of the one family born and raised on the same lot. There are various rules to abide by to make it a bit more challenging — it’s pretty interesting and definitely worth checking out if you’re a Sim player. This is my first time attempting this challenge and — even though I’m only on the third generation — I’m loving it! It’s a different way of playing the game. Sure, I’ve created dozens of families with multiple generations before but the limitations and rules that come with this challenge make it a little more complex. I decided to snap and share my Legacy so far — if you’re also doing the challenge, feel free to share how you’re getting on too!
As per Legacy Challenge rules, I started out with a single Young Adult Sim. Dark and handsome Abel Beauvoir couldn’t wait to have a family of his own! After he got himself a job and earned enough Simoleans to build himself some sort of a shack; he quickly settled down. I had him marry Chantel, a pretty blonde that he met at the local bar — it’s almost like a modern day fairy tale ;-).
Abel and Chantel went on to have two little ones. Their first was a boy named Bran who had his father’s dark features and their second was a girl called Bethany who’s fair like mom.
The kids always grow up so quickly — in no time, Bran turned in to a cheerful but insane teen and Bethany became a little musical prodigy.
Unfortunately, Abel passed away of old age before his son and heir reached adulthood. Bran followed in his father’s footsteps and married at a young age — also, coincidentally, to a blonde he met in a bar (venues are still sadly limited in The Sims 4, ok?!). Also, in the above shot, you can see Bran’s maternal grandparents. As his mum Chantel was already a character in the game, she came with some heritage of her own!
Bran and his wife Olive also had a boy and girl of their own. Charlotte is their first-born but because this is a patriarchy, it’s her younger brother Charlie who will be named heir. How unfair — but as it’s not a strict patriarchy, Charlotte may still stand to inherit the estate should anything happen to the boy…
The rules of this challenge state that you take the bad events with the good. Unless a technical glitch occurs, no restarts are allowed. So when Bran and Olive are caught in a kitchen fire, they tragically expire on the spot and little Charlotte and Charlie are made orphans.
Fortunately their kind aunt Bethany takes on the role of their guardian. Their original home had been largely destroyed in the fire so she bulldozes the entire lot and builds a stunning new abode for this next generation. As her niece and nephew grow up, Bethany decides to add to the family tree with a little girl of her own! Amelie is still a baby at the moment and her cousins love taking care of her. All is well in the Beauvoir household…at least for now! ;-)