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Maxis and EA respond to cut content from The Sims 4


About two weeks ago there was an Internet kerfuffle sparked by the revelation that The Sims 4 won’t include swimming pools or toddlers. Said kerfuffle was so fuffley that it culminated in 16, 000 people signing an online petition over on Because as we all know, online petitions change everything.

Considering the level of fan dismay that this news caused, EA and Maxis have had to address the issue head on. This has resulted in Rachel Franklin (who is part of the team working on The Sims 4) writing up a post over on the official webpage for the game. In that post she explains the reasoning behind the decision to remove swimming pools and toddlers. The gist: the content was cut to make way for improvements in other areas that result in the game being better.

“…when we sat down and looked at everything we wanted to do for this game,” Franklin explains, “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.”

It almost sounds like a limited resources thing, but whether that’s game engine resources or development budget resources is up for debate.

“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.”

So that’s the official response as to why two long-time features have been axed: it’s to make the game better. Anyone else having flashes of SimCity here? Guess the only thing left to do is wait to play the game and see for yourself whether the lack of toddlers and pools leaves a gaping hole in your enjoyment. Or your heart. Probably your heart, you big softy.

Source: The Sims

  • Squirly

    Did anybody expect EA to come out and say they’re keeping the pool out for the inevitable Pool Party DLC?

    • joe

      I’m just waiting for the almost inevitable “called it” post in a few months time now ;)

    • Miklós Szecsei

      I can guarantee that’ll happen. The scuttled features will return via one of the inevitable 3 billion Sims 4 expansion packs.

      • James

        Only 3 billion this time?

    • BinaryMind

      It’s basically too obvious but people will still buy it. As we know, the majority of people on the planet are idiots. So sad the world we live in.

      • Agent w

        You make me so sad

        • BinaryMind

          Haha, sorry. I’m always reminding people how bad things are :P

  • El-Cyanide

    My wife would be one of these angry people “kerfuffling”, good thing she is terrible at following gaming news…

  • Ryan James Noble

    or they could just release completed, fully developed game….

    • Koosler

      EA Would never do that. they make to much money of the DLC’s. After 1 month there will most probably be a DLC for “pool tools” at 100Rand and a week later Pool items at 100bucks and then a DLC for the Toddler expansion and then one for all the other stuff that they will leave out of the game or add it in an expansion or some crap like that. EA like that strategy more than they like Command and Conquer

  • Dylan van der Merwe

    I don’t mind the loss of toddlers too much, but the fact that there’ll be no pools is pretty ridiculous. I really hope that an expansion pack or update for the Sims 4 includes pools.

  • 13thDiablo

    It’s amazing that almost all the previous sims games had these features but now, years later with more resources, they can’t have them.

    What’s the excuse going to be when they do include these as DLC?


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