The Sims 4, the latest instalment in the hugely popular life simulation game franchise, was announced by EA in May 2013 but didn't hit the shelves until September 2014, followed by the Mac release in February 2015.

But when are the next The Sims 4 expansion packs coming out, and what will they be called? Here, we bring you the official Sims 4 Get Famous release date news, and also take a closer look at the new features, screenshots and trailers.

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What are the current The Sims 4 Expansion Packs?

EA launched The Sims 4 on PC in 2014, then in February 2015 for Mac as a digital download from the Origin store. If you already downloaded the game for PC but now wish to play it on your Mac, you can do so simply by using the product code on the box. All buyers of the Mac version will get a PC copy and vice versa.

You can buy The Sims 4 from Origin here, or from Amazon here.

Since then, EA has released several expansion packs and stuff packs for players of The Sims 4, the first of which arrived in April 2015. It was called The Sims 4: Get To Work, and introduced new career paths for Sims. The Sims 4: Get To Work expansion pack is available from the Origin store for both PC and Mac here.

The second expansion pack for The Sims 4 was announced in August 2015. It's called Get Together, and it was released in December of 2015. The third Expansion Pack released by EA for The Sims 4 is called City Living, which arrived in November of 2016. You can buy City Living now here.

That was followed by Cats & Dogs, first revealed at Gamescom 2017 before launching in November 2017. There's more info below, and you can pick up a copy right here

Finally, the most recent expansion pack, Get Famous, is due to launch in November 2018 and will bring new homes, locations to visit, careers and more. We've got more info on what you can expect below, so carry on reading to find out more. 

When is the next Sims Expansion Pack coming out?

The next expansion pack for The Sims is called Get Famous, and EA has announced that it'll be available to buy on 15 November 2018, with pre-orders open right now.

As the name suggests, Get Famous will introduce a number of celeb-centric features, including exclusive nightclubs, fancy high-end homes and new career options to follow your dreams of becoming a star! The DLC also includes a number of real-world stars including Baby Ariel, who will be performing a variety of songs in public places that your Sim can visit and enjoy. 

The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: What's new in Get Famous?

With the rise of social media and a generation of kids that want to be influencers when they grow up, it makes sense for EA to introduce the ability to become famous in The Sims - and that's exactly what Get Famous intends to do. You'll be able to rise to fame in your current career, or ditch the old job and take on something a little more interesting. Whether you aspire to be a world-class actor, actress or influencer, Get Famous has you covered.

As you rise in fame and popularity, you'll attract more attention, perks and starstruck fans that'll want to meet you. You can put in the extra work creating custom costumes, learning lines and more, all with the aim of getting that big break. 

Get Famous introduces the trendy district of Del Sol Valley where your Sims are the talk of the town. Featuring starter homes in Mirage Park to stunning, high-end houses in the hills of The Pinnacles and nightclubs for your celebri-Sim to party in. And as you rise through the ranks of stardom, you'll gain access to luxurious perks including gold-plated furniture or unique statues that reflect various achievements in your career.

The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: What's new in Seasons?

The purpose of The Sims 4: Seasons, as the name suggests, is to introduce seasonal changes to the lives of your Sims. That means you can expect to see crisp snowfall in the short days of winter and sweltering heat in the summer, with seasonal changes affecting your world in unique ways.

Along with the four seasons, you can expect seasonal activities. You can ice skate in the winter, host a summer pool party or, for those rom-com fans out there, share a kiss in a fresh spring downpour. 

You'll also be able to celebrate traditional seasonal celebrations, as well as creating your own holidays on specific dates. You'll be able to gather all your loved ones and celebrate holiday traditions, gifts and "special guests" according to EA. 

Seasons also introduces the Gardening Career, allowing you to follow your flower-inspired dreams to become a botanist or floral arranger.

The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: What's new in Cats & Dogs?

Cats & Dogs brings lots of the elements that we loved in The Sims 3 Pets to the newer version of the game, with a new Create A Pet tool to allow you to personalise your cat or dog's appearance. You can even dress your pet in various cute accessories.

We spoke to Sims 4 executive producer Lyndsay Pearson at Gamescom 2017, who told us that the big focus of the new expansion is customisability.

"We wanted to make it really easy to make your pet. We took a look at how we approached Create A Sim for The Sims 4 in the first place, and really made it feel easy to push and pull things, and make your Sim look like somebody you know, and we took the same philosophy and put it on pets.

Because pet coats are such a big deal, we had to give you that extra level of ‘I need that white spot on the eye, or the white paw, that white tail,' whatever it may be."

Cats and dogs in The Sims 4 have minds of their own, which means you'll be able to train them and watch their personalities develop. Pearson told us that she thinks "people will really be surprised at how much personality comes out."

As for why it's taken so long to get pets into the game? "Cats and dogs, aside from building the game in the first place, are probably the hardest thing we do," she explained. "They are a completely different setup from a human obviously. They don’t share any animations or technologies or models."

The new veterinarian career lets you run your own clinic, hire staff and look after all of the animals in the neighbourhood.

Talking of the neighbourhood, it's new. You'll now be able to explore Brindleton Bay, a coastal town that's perfect for pets, with beaches and a lighthouse and a harbour.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, you can pick up Cats & Dogs right here.

The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: What's new in Get To Work?

The Sims 4: Get To Work brings three new active careers that offer fully playable career venues, which means you'll get to go to work with your Sim. It also brings businesses to The Sims, so you can have your Sim set up their own bakery, clothing boutique, art gallery, bookstore and more.

The three playable careers are Doctor, Police Officer, and Scientist. As a Doctor, your Sim will spend their day treating patients, performing surgeries and delivering babies. As a Police Officer, you'll investigate crime scenes, interrogate Sims and arrest criminals. And as a Scientist, you'll get to build inventions, collect unique specimens and decide whether you want to use your creations for good or evil.

There are many cool things your Sims can do as a doctor, for example. They can determine a co-workers Hotness, determine the gender of a baby on pregnant Sims, cure patients (how many can you cure in one day?), X-Ray scan an Alein, be surprised by outbreaks and other random events, and make house calls for other patients.

The Sims 4: Get To Work also brings with it new objects, new skills including Photography and Baking, and if that's not enough, you also get Aliens (random!).

The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: What's new in Get Together

Get Together, which was the second full expansion pack to arrive for The Sims 4, will introduce lots of new features for the socialites among you.

An all-new world called Windenburg brings with it a new hedge maze to explore, new natural pools and some ancient ruins for the more adventurous Sims. Your Sims can also visit new cafés, pubs and clubs with new objects and activities including foosball, bonfires and dance parties.

New skills include DJ and dancing, and you can throw parties absolutely anywhere.

There's also set to be a new walk-in closet (which is also a new location to WooHoo if that's what you're into), and an exclusive private island to visit within Windenburg.

You can watch the trailer below.

The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: City Living

EA's third expansion pack brings a new city called San Myshuno to the game, and that city features four different neighbourhoods. There are new careers including politition, social media and critic career paths, the latter two of which have never been seen in The Sims before.

You can now move your Sims into apartments, you can take them to Karaoke bars, Geek Con, the Spice Festival and lots more.