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Pools and toddlers cut from The Sims 4 to make room for new systems

Pools and toddlers cut from The Sims 4 to make room for new systems

The inclusion of new systems and technology in the game has meant the developers have had to leave some fan favourite features on the cutting room floor.

The Sims 4 will not be including toddlers or swimming pools because of the work that has gone into new systems built into the game according to Maxis.

Maxis vice-president and executive producer Rachel Franklin gave the explanation on the official Sims 4 site saying that the trade off was necessary to accommodate all of the new tech the developers wanted to include.

’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,’ said Franklin. Hard pill to swallow, believe me, but delivering on the vision set out for The Sims 4 required focus.’

The new additions to the latest iteration of the virtual dollhouse include new AI systems, new animation systems, new audio positioning tools, new routing intelligence and upgraded logic. This will apparently lead to individual Sims being able to express more emotions, a greater range of personality traits and be able to participate in larger numbers of interactions.

Build mode is also getting an overhaul, allowing houses to be built room-by-room with rooms being able to be swapped out and exchanged, giving more choices and flexibility during construction.

Last month, Sims fans were surprised to learn that toddlers and pools, which have long been an entrenched feature of the series, would not be included in the Sims 4 at launch. The game is set to be released early September.

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loftie 8th July 2014, 12:34 Quote
Will be a paid for DLC I'm sure.
Corky42 8th July 2014, 12:51 Quote
Probably available the day it's released.
dicobalt 8th July 2014, 13:09 Quote
Pools will probably be sold as DLC packs and you will not be able to make your own pool anymore. Just a matter of time before houses are that way too.
mclean007 8th July 2014, 14:03 Quote
What, no young kids playing in swimming pools? Gary Glitter will be devastated.
Guinevere 8th July 2014, 14:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
What, no young kids playing in swimming pools? Gary Glitter will be devastated.

Wonderful. Jokes about the wanton desires of peodophiles.

The high brow of all humour.
Spraduke 8th July 2014, 14:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
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Originally Posted by mclean007
What, no young kids playing in swimming pools? Gary Glitter will be devastated.

Wonderful. Jokes about the wanton desires of peodophiles.

The high brow of all humour.

Welcome to the internet, is this your first visit?
mclean007 8th July 2014, 14:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Wonderful. Jokes about the wanton desires of peodophiles.

The high brow of all humour.
I'm trying to make up my mind if you're also joking or genuinely offended (in which case get a grip - clearly the idea of someone getting off on watching Sim-toddlers play in a swimming pool is absurd) and in need of a sense of humour transplant. Either way, I never promised high brow, and if you're going to criticise my comment, at least spell "paedophile" correctly.
jrs77 8th July 2014, 14:36 Quote
The Sims is developing into the wrong direction since version 1.

No surprise really.

What everyone wanted from the very beginning was a multiplayer mode, where we can interact wth other players, marry them, etc. Instead we get tons of unneeded and expensive addons.
Guinevere 8th July 2014, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
you're going to criticise my comment, at least spell "paedophile" correctly.

I criticise you for making jokes about child abuse.

You criticise me for a making a typo.

Seems perfectly fair to me.
Porkins' Wingman 8th July 2014, 15:08 Quote
All jokes are welcome; typos I can take or leave...
Fizzban 8th July 2014, 15:12 Quote
Did somebody say typos? :)

Doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me, but then I don't play the series. Hopefully if they do later release a toddlers pool party dlc they will have the sense to give it away for free.

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Originally Posted by jrs77
The Sims is developing into the wrong direction since version 1.

No surprise really.

What everyone wanted from the very beginning was a multiplayer mode, where we can interact wth other players, marry them, etc. Instead we get tons of unneeded and expensive addons.

Isn't that called Second Life?
Guinevere 8th July 2014, 15:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spraduke
Welcome to the internet, is this your first visit?

Ahhh... So because the net is inundated with misguided humour and poor taste we shouldn't strive to maintain standards of decency?

I make a comment that is basically me saying that I feel child rapes jokes are not cool, and you're lambasting me?

Sheeesh our species is doomed.

Can we close this part of the discussion down please. I feel abuse / rape jokes are in poor taste. Others think they're okay.

We ain't ever going to agree on this one!
Griffter 8th July 2014, 15:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Quote:
Originally Posted by mclean007
you're going to criticise my comment, at least spell "paedophile" correctly.

I criticise you for making jokes about child abuse.

You criticise me for a making a typo.

Seems perfectly fair to me.


idk man, that comeback from mclean007 seemed killer to me lol
Corky42 8th July 2014, 15:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
What everyone wanted from the very beginning was a multiplayer mode, where we can interact wth other players, marry them, etc. Instead we get tons of unneeded and expensive addons.

With the fiasco that was Sim City do you really want EA to add multiplayer.
Impatience 8th July 2014, 16:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
With the fiasco that was Sim City do you really want EA to add multiplayer.

This.
jrs77 8th July 2014, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
Isn't that called Second Life?
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Originally Posted by Corky42
With the fiasco that was Sim City do you really want EA to add multiplayer.

It wouldn't be have to be like Second Life and it actually wouldn't be, if you leave all the rest of the game unchanged.

And yes, EA seems to have screwed up Sim City multiplayer, but I'm not sure if that was EA or Maxis there screwing it up.

All I'm saying is, that it would be nice, if we were able to play The Sims in multiplayer, making our little sims interact with each other, writing our own little soap opera etc.

Back when I was playing the Sims and Sims 2 my GF was playing it aswell, and we would've loved to play together, especially since we lived some 100km apart from each other during the week and only got to really see each other on the weekends.
Shirty 8th July 2014, 18:16 Quote
I can't belive that there was a Youtube link relevant to the derail. :D
Star*Dagger 8th July 2014, 19:34 Quote
So happy these games exist all these fools are not playing in games that I play. This series might be stupider than WoW, which is saying something.
Pete J 8th July 2014, 20:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
What, no young kids playing in swimming pools? Gary Glitter will be devastated.
Well, you made me grin! Have some rep.
rollo 8th July 2014, 22:09 Quote
Hate it or love it, The Sims will be the highest pc game seller this year if its released that's just a fact. The Sims has made EA billions. Its not for me but the gf will be playing it no dou't as will millions of others.
Anfield 8th July 2014, 23:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
Will be a paid for DLC I'm sure.

And due to the characters ageing players will obviously have to start over so they can make use of the toddler dlc, which means they'll play it for longer and they will also buy more of the other dlc that will no doubt keep coming fast and frequent.
Yadda 9th July 2014, 00:06 Quote
Nope, just read it again and I still don't understand.

Is The Sims like BF3?
Merglet 9th July 2014, 05:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
And yes, EA seems to have screwed up Sim City multiplayer, but I'm not sure if that was EA or Maxis there screwing it up.

All I'm saying is, that it would be nice, if we were able to play The Sims in multiplayer, making our little sims interact with each other, writing our own little soap opera etc.

Apparently you never heard of "The Sims Online" :D What a miserable excuse for trolling that game was.
Corky42 9th July 2014, 05:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
Hate it or love it, The Sims will be the highest pc game seller this year if its released that's just a fact. The Sims has made EA billions. Its not for me but the gf will be playing it no dou't as will millions of others.

That's what everyone says, it's not for me gov honest, it's for my GF/wife ;)

You will feel a lot better once you admit to enjoying it, there is nothing wrong with grown men playing with virtual doll houses. :D I keep telling her that, still not sure she believes me though.
SMIFFYDUDE 9th July 2014, 20:55 Quote
Much like Mr. Glitter I also carry a great burden of shame, and shame is that The Sims 3 is my second most played game in my Steam library, plus I also have an Origin copy which also has many hours logged as well cos that has some DLC with it.
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