The Reason Why The Sims 4 Omitted Pools and Toddlers

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Executive Producer Rachelle Frank at E3 2014 Gameplay

If you are a real Sims fan and you found out that there will be no toddlers and pools in Sims, how would you react? Let me guess, rage? Definitely!

In a blog post by game producer, Ryan Vaughan, he expressed his excitement of seeing Sims 4 do unexpected and unplanned things again at the launch and at the same time he addressed the anxiety of the game?s fans towards the different scheme they are about to witness in Sims 4.

Gamers voiced their despair when the Sims developers omitted two of the games seemingly fundamental features, the pools and toddlers. ?It is but right that the game?s fans will question, ?Why is it that they remove something from the base games when producing a new game??

Executive Producer Rachel Franklin told one of the fans on the Sims official website that Developer EA Maxis omitted pools or toddler-aged Sims in The Sims 4 at launch because of the new systems built into the game. “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 starts. “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.”

In addition Vaughan wrote, “And though pool building won’t be available in September, we do have a new Fountain Tool so you can create sophisticated landscapes. Whether you were a novice builder in The Sims 3, or an experienced pro, I really think you’re going to love The Sims 4’s build mode.” Moreover the omission of toddlers mean skipping that stage of development.

Of course, fans responded in sites Reddit and Sims fan sites to express their disappointment and concern. It may seem overreacting but there has been a petition created (and signed by nearly 2,000 people already) to get the two features put into the game.

EA is still hopeful fans will change the way they look at the change when they have already played the game this coming September.

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