The Sims 4: Toddlers and Pools Were Cut to Ensure Larger Features

By   /   Jul 5, 2014

Today saw Maxis responded to agitated fans who had been questioning the developer’s decision of the exclusion of toddlers and pools from The Sims 4.

Features like these have been present in The Sims since the very first title in the franchise. Upon knowing that the developer plans to not incorporate it in the base game, they naturally suspected that Maxis would instead release it later on as part of an upcoming paid expansion.

You can imagine why fans were not too happy in knowing that standard features like toddlers and pools have been cut out for monetary gains.

Graham Nardone, producer of the game, explained their decision in the Mod the Sims boards where a user asked how exactly do items like trams and cupcake machines take precedence over pools and toddlers.

“You can’t weigh features by how much you want them in the game, you have to consider how many development resources it takes to create them,” replied Nardone. “The tram? A couple of days from one of our FX guys and it’s finished… very low risk, very low complexity (using entirely existing tech), and adds a nice visual punch to the neighborhood. I can’t recall ever scoping against FX… they always have time to be adding more stuff.

“Our FX folks submitted their own long list of things they wanted to work on because there wasn’t enough for them to do. Now, you can’t take the FX team and ask them to add pools to the game. They don’t have the work skills to do it; neither do I. Pools, toddlers… they’re extremely complex features that require months of man hours of work across multiple disciplines and introduce significant risk.

Nardone then explained how the studio was in a position to either cut many small features or just a single “significantly larger feature.” The studio decided to opt for the former and ensure that all ‘major’ features of the game were there.

The last SimCity from Maxis was a nightmare for the studio. They’ll be making sure not to open any more umbrellas inside for The Sims 4.

The Sims 4 is scheduled for release on September 2 for the PC.