Pools are out but walking is in for The Sims 4

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The announcement that The Sims 4 would be missing established series features like toddlers and swimming pools caused an uproar in the Sims community. Fans were disappointed. No longer would they be able to kill sims by removing the pool ladder when their virtual people were trying to impress the neighbors with a midnight skinny dip. EA Maxis has responded to the outcry by clarifying why some features won’t make the cut. Rachel Franklin, executive producer of The Sims 4 explains that implementation of new systems has required “trade-offs” that necessitated the removal of some elements. New systems like more walking animations made it in instead. Why new walks made it impossible to create pools is beyond me, but it sounds like the developers really put a lot of effort into them.

In The Sims 4, there are seven unique walk styles that you can choose from to help your Sims express themselves. To make those walk styles come to life, we had to create around 75 distinct animations. And it doesn’t stop there. Every emotion in The Sims 4 comes with a visible reaction or even another special walk style. No more looking at the UI to figure out how your Sims are feeling – just look at their faces, posture, movements. That’s where you’ll see about 320 new emotion-based animations, as well as over 600 reactions to objects.

Pimp-strut, hobble, shuffle, or skip? It’s good to know that The Sims 4 will have terrific candidates for The Ministry of Silly Walks when it launches on September 2nd.