The Sims 4 will launch without toddlers or swimming pools. EA Maxis confirmed the bad news in a post-E3 announcement. While the developers were keen to let everyone know that the new building mode is the most dynamic and intuitive that it’s ever been, the lack of two features that have been staples of the series (pools were in the base The Sims game, while toddlers were part of The Sims 2 and 3) has longtime Sims fans questioning the publisher’s motives. Will either feature return? Would it be paid DLC or a free update? In addition to the lack of toddlers and pools, the much-vaunted Create-a-Style feature from The Sims 3, which allowed players to replace object textures, will not be present.
The Sims 4 will launch on September 2nd for PCs. A Mac version has been confirmed, but no release date has been announced.