With the news that swimming pools and toddlers will be missing in The Sims 4, EA and Maxis have assured players that those features will not be forgotten in at least one of the fifty expansion packs that will be released over the next few years.While many feel that The Sims 4 might be lacking in content, EA has already announced that there will be over a hundred pieces of content strewn throughout fifty expansion packs. If a player feels like their gameplay is lacking in variety, they can simply download four or five expansion packs to really change things up.
“If players really miss the pool, they can easily buy the swimming expansion pack for hours of swimming related Sims activities,” explained an EA spokesperson, “And to make it even more fun, they can add in the backyard barbeque expansion to host poolside barbeques for the entire Sims family. For even more variety, players can buy the nighttime expansion pack to swim under the stars.”
Some players question the direction The Sims 4 is taking due to how drastically the gaming landscape has changed since 2009. Maxis promises that The Sims 4 will not succumb to the temptations of modern gaming and hopes to create a successful new entry in a classic series much like how EA continues the legacies of Dungeon Keeper and Command & Conquer.
“The Sims 4 is a natural expansion of what The Sims 3 brought to the table in terms of increasing the amount of content available to players,” said producer Ryan Vaughan, “So why did we decide to remove swimming pools, the Create a Style feature, and toddlers? The answer is simple. We want players to be more creative. Giving them too many options actually limits what their imaginations can do. Maybe players will find something more fun than personalizing every object in the game.”
The Sims 4 will not only include expansion packs, but will also include an online store that allows players to buy unique items and features that can’t be found in any of the expansions or pre-order DLC. The following is a list of items as well as tentative prices that give a taste of what The Sims 4 can offer (all prices in USD).
Australian skin color…1.99
Crew cut hairstyle…2.49
Gangnam Style dance moves…2.99
Most players still remain skeptical about The Sims 4 especially after the new SimCity. However, EA has made it extremely clear that they can not afford to have players skip out on this game and they will do everything in their power to make sure players purchase The Sims 4 and at least ten expansion packs.