Fun fact: there are at least TWO people on the NAG team that have no problem admitting that they love and have spent an unhealthy amount of time playing The Sims games. (Spoiler: I’m one of them; Geometrix is the other. Now you know. You’re welcome.) The Sims 4 is out this September, which some of us are pretty excited about. (Spoiler: it’s Geoff and me. I know, I know, you didn’t see that coming at all. Strange that.)

With the game about to top the local PC sales charts  for the next six years, Electronic Arts is starting to discuss some of the title’s aspects in detail. To that end, “Sim Guru Ryan” has written a blog post over on the official Sims website. While the tone of this post is undeniably upbeat and public relations-ey, it’s bummed out a lot of people in that it’s revealed that swimming pools and the toddler phase won’t be making it into the game.

Along with the removal of the wildly popular “Create-A-Style” tool (which allowed you to apply the game’s fabric and texture images to almost any item of furniture and clothing in The Sims 3), fans of the series aren’t particularly happy. In fact, nearly every comment posted underneath the blog entry expresses disappointment and dismay at what EA is doing.

“Build Mode truly is the most powerful, and fun, Build Mode we’ve ever created,” begins Sim Guru Ryan’s post before he casually slips-in the bad news. “And though pool building won’t be available in September, we do have a new Fountain Tool so you can create sophisticated landscapes.”

At least, however, the post does acknowledge that people are likely to be upset about this:

“You can see we’ve made some key decisions to focus on new aspects of the game – things like our all new Sims, vibrant neighborhoods, and powerful creative tools – just a to name a few. And while we recognize that some of you will be disappointed that pools and toddlers won’t be available when The Sims 4 Base Game launches in September, you should know that we’re building an incredibly strong foundation that is capable of fulfilling every one of your desires in the years to come.”

In other words: get ready for us to add back all the missing features via paid-for expansion packs! Hooray!

Source: The Sims official website

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