If you haven’t noticed by now, there are no toddlers or pools in Maxis’s upcoming The Sims 4. Like, at all. We’ve heard about resolutions being cut down and frame rates being halved but artificial bodies of water and little babies missing? That’s a new one.
Maxis’s Ryan Vaughan thought of clarifying exactly why that’s the case. “The fact is, we owe you a clearer explanation for why pools and toddlers will not be in The Sims 4 at launch.
“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.”
So there you have it: The new technology for The Sims 4 simply doesn’t support pools or toddlers. And quite frankly, that explanation is gonna have to do for now.