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The Sims 4 gets Star Wars costumes, ghosts and swimming pools in free updates

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Electronic Arts and Maxis are adding new content to The Sims 4 in a series of free patches that will bring features like swimming pools and careers to the life simulation game by the end of the year.

In an update to The Sims 4 hitting today, EA is adding ghosts, gnomes, eye color options and a batch of Star Wars-themed costumes, according to a report from Sims VIP. On the official Sims site, the developer details how ghosts work. When a sim dies, non-player character ghosts become attached to tombstones or urns. Players can then befriend the ghosts, turning them into playable sims.

How the ghost died, whether from laughter, anger, electrocution, fire or other means, determines some of their personality and abilities. Maintaining a happy ghost sim will come with benefits; they'll help around the house while your living sims focus on their goals.

Swimming pools, a feature that was missing from The Sims 4's original release (an exclusion that didn't sit well with fans of the franchise), are due to hit this November. Careers will arrive the following month.

For more on The Sims 4, read Polygon's review of the PC game.