The Sims 4 Strives to be a Leaner Experience

Maxis responds to criticism over the lack of select features in "The Sims 4."

If you’ve ever wanted to swim with toddlers, The Sims 4 won’t be your top game of the year.  

As fans have been outraged at recent omissions from the Sims franchise, Maxis has started to respond to some of the uproar: Rachel Franklin goes on to say in a recent “The Sims 4” blog post,

“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.” Maxis has had to make cuts to their development process according to Franklin, but these are supposedly for the greater good of The Sims franchise. 

It’s not only the lack of toddlers and pools that have avid Sims players aggravated, the new Create A Style system from the Sims 3 won’t be making a comeback either, leaving “Simmers” to speculate what will be left for add-on packs down the road. At the end of a Sims day, the changes are said to have been made for stability and increased levels of realism within 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.” 

Maxis seems to be doubling down on the new interactions that your Sims will have with the world around them. By taking away some “milestone” features, “The Sims 4” strives for gameplay that feels natural with an improved UI and animations to streamline the gameplay.

Changes in The Sims Styles

“In The Sims 4, there are seven unique walk styles that you can choose from to help your Sims express themselves. To make those walk styles come to life, we had to create around 75 distinct animations. And it doesn’t stop there.

Every emotion in The Sims 4 comes with a visible reaction or even another special walk style. No more looking at the UI to figure out how your Sims are feeling – just look at their faces, posture, movements. That’s where you’ll see about 320 new emotion-based animations, as well as over 600 reactions to objects.”

The Sims 4 is set for release on September 2nd in North America -- frequent Sims players will be eager to glean any more information about future changes to the beloved Sims franchise as the release date nears. 

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Games The Sims 4 Genres CasualSimulation Platforms PCMac Tags electronic arts
Published Jul. 10th 2014
  • Matt_3841
    The fact that you "want DLC" really just shows that you're the kind of person EA targets with this game

    The sims 4 is nothing but an unfinished building platform for a plethora of overpriced DLC that's sure to come, to fill in the gaps of the literally hundreds of things that were stripped from the franchises old features.

    No toddlers? no pools? well that's dumb.

    No vehicles, no emergency services, and like 10 random careers?

    another franchise bites the dust
  • Entmoot
    I'm a shill
  • Pyxell
    I can only guess they're gonna do some money-hungry EA move and make it so you need to buy the "Early Child Development" DLC pack so your Sim's children don't come out of the womb as a Three-Year old.
  • Alex D'Alessandro
    Featured Contributor
    That is the largest concern amongst the "Simmers" that Maxis is talking about. I want DLC for Pre-natal development

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