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With the release of Sims 4 slowly approaching, it has become apparent that two regular features will be missing in The Sims 4.
Sims will now skip their usual toddler phase and instead, move directly from baby to younger. Swimming pools will also be omitted as well.
Once word of these missing features caught wind, a vocal campaign was created to inform EA of their dislike. EA finally responed a month later with the following:
“The fact is, we owe you a clearer explanation for why pools and toddlers will not be in The Sims 4 at launch,” executive producer Rachel Franklin wrote in a new blog post.
“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.”
I for one find it irksome that such a feature will be be included in the main game of The Sims 4, but the added features when compared to its past iterations should more than soften the blow of these missing features for the time being. This doesn’t mean that future expansions won’t include such features in for foreseenable future.