EA sort-of explains why The Sims 4 won’t let you have pools or toddlers

By Dave Cook
8 July 2014 10:24 GMT

The Sims 4 won’t allow gamers to build swimming pools or have their own virtual toddler, and EA has now explained why. Sort of.


We reported on the absence of pools and toddlers last week, as the news triggered a wave of confusion among gamers.

At the time Maxis member Ryan Vaughan said of the cuts, “While we recognize that some of you will be disappointed that pools and toddlers won’t be available when The Sims 4 Base Game launches in September, you should know that we’re building an incredibly strong foundation that is capable of fulfilling every one of your desires in the years to come.”

This led gamers to believe that toddlers and pools will be paid DLC, which of course everyone in the world hates.

Now, in a new blog post, executive producer Rachel Franklin explained the missing features in more detail.

“The fact is, we owe you a clearer explanation for why pools and toddlers will not be in The Sims 4 at launch,” Franklin wrote.

“It begins with new technology and systems that we built for this new base game for The Sims – a new AI system, new animation system, new audio positioning tools, new locomotion logic, new routing intelligence and much more are all entirely new in this game.

“So the bottom line is that when we sat down and looked at everything we wanted to do for this game, all the new tech we wanted to build into it, the fact was that there would be trade-offs, and these would disappoint some of our fans. Hard pill to swallow, believe me, but delivering on the vision set out for The Sims 4 required focus.”

Does this explanation meet your expectations? Let us know what you think below.

Via Eurogamer.

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