In recent days I reported on the site that there would be no toddlers and pools in The Sims 4. Following the announcement to this there has been a lot of outcry across the internet from a lot of Sims fans including a little bit from myself in my original post. People were tweeting rants, commenting all over fan posts like this one on Sims VIP which has almost 1000 comments and also even a video was made about it. It was getting pretty crazy!
So today I guess EA felt they needed to respond to all the feedback they were getting from pretty much everyone on the internet about why there are no toddlers and pools in the Sims 4.
Rachel from EA wrote in response:
We’re less than 60 days out from the launch of The Sims™ 4, and I have so much I want to talk about. But let me start with a bit more about the decision we made not to include pools and toddlers in The Sims 4, as we’ve seen some of you have concerns about this.
The fact is, we owe you a clearer explanation for why pools and toddlers will not be in The Sims 4 at launch, so here goes. 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. The vision for The Sims 4 is a new experience that brings your Sims to life in deeper and uniquely personal ways – through emotions, personality traits, behaviors and interactions. To do that, our technology base needed a major upgrade.
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. Focus on revolutionizing the Sims themselves. So, rather than include toddlers, we chose to go deeper on the features that make Sims come alive: meaningful and often amusing emotions; more believable motion and interactions; more tools in Create A Sim, and more realistic (and sometimes weird!) Sim behavior. Instead of pools, we chose to develop key new features in Build Mode: direct manipulation, building a house room-by-room and being able to exchange your custom rooms easily, to make the immediate environment even more relatable and interactive for your Sim.”
-Rachel,read the full post here (it does continue)
In addition to this news we also found out that coming in 2 weeks there will be a new gameplay video for the game. In addition also we will be getting a CAS demo for the Sims 4. You can read about those announcements right here.
What do you all think about the explanation? Will it change your intent to purchase the game?