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EA: putting pools in Sims 4 would have been hard

EA might not have been voted the worst company in North America this year, but it sure does like to test its fans ability to stick with it. Last month it announced to the world that the next game in the Sims series, wouldn’t feature the toddler phase or pools, despite the former being a feature of previous games that many people consider intrinsic to the Sims experience. Now a producer for the publisher has spoken out about the lack of water based folly in the game and apparently, it’s legitimately difficult to add the feature.

“It’s easy to look at something and think, ‘That looks pretty simple.’ When you think about a feature like pools upfront, it looks like a square box on the ground and you put a shader on the top surface and have Sims jump in,” said Graham Nardone.

“”But ultimately, it’s more complexity in terms of what tech’s there and what isn’t there, what we have to build to support this. How do we cut down into the terrain, how do we get Sims going through portals across different levels of pools? There’s so much that’s going on in the background that you don’t end up seeing just to have a Sim go swimming.”

Of course, you can buy the Origin exclusive, Digital Deluxe pack to unlock whatever this is

The problem it seems, as Kotaku points out, is that the engine behind the new game wasn’t designed with The Sims in mind at all, but was designed for the latest SimCity, another contentious title. It means that along with pools not being doable, neither is any form of terrain manipulation. That means that all housing plots are completely flat.

Other confirmed missing features, include the removal of careers like police, medicine, business; there’s no open world, instead loading screenns are required between areas; there’s now only 25 lots per world too, compared with 125+ in previous Sims games and buildings can now only have a maximum of two levels.

When Nardone was later pressed on whether pools would be added at a later date and potentially charged for via a DLC or expansion, he was evasive, suggesting perhaps that that is exactly what’s going to happen.

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KitGuru Says: What will be interesting to see, is how agreeable the game is to modifications. If EA allows them, many of the missing features could just be modded in by the community, but if EA atempts to restrict them like it did with SimCity, then it seems likely it will attempt to milk players for all they’re worth. 

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  • Alistair Hardy

    For all the talk of change, they’re still EA.

  • Porkalicious

    Well… what can you say? EA is not known to be smart :/ Why would they pick a broken engine for something that clearly doesn’t work well for a big franchise like The Sims? Like using that RPG maker engine to make a first person shooter with shaders and stuff :/ And not to mention crippling it beyone belief by removing lots and lots of stuff….


    DLC train is incoming lol , people should boycott the sims , it’s one of the worst for DLC crap.

  • belarc

    Don’t worry goy! The brand new Pool Fun Pack Expansion Stuff™ is just around the corner! Just $29.99 if you buy the Deluxe Edition! (Origin Only)

  • Harry Cunningham

    Au contraire. They seem to be very smart. They intentionally cripple their games and release paid-for DLC and idiots out there STILL lap it up. Sounds pretty clever to me.

  • Porkalicious

    From a business standpoint, kinda smart… until everone hates you and start to protest for real that is 😛 But from a humane, non-assholery and the value for money perspective its a possible definition of “retarded”.

  • texasvet

    Will Wright is rolling in his grave… and he’s not dead yet.

  • Hristo Karaperev

    There are 3 possible reasons why EA is not putting water based folly in the game – they are either lazy, they estimated that the company will lose a lot of money if they try and add pools or they will add the missing feature a month after the game is released and they will charge cash for it. You tell me which is the most probable?

  • Jason Kemeys

    The easiest questions EA has answered is this: “Do we put micro-transactions in the game?” Answer: “Hell yes cause we are cool!” One day EA you will regret crossing the gamers… Don’t you dare stuff up Mass Effect 4! Leave Bioware to do it!

  • Kim Michelle Roberts

    some people like pools i.d find some why to put it in the game so people will buy it


    EA stated themselves that they plan on making lots on DLC the coming year. So ya every game they put out now will be DLC’ed to death.