EA Maxis, the creators of The Sims, has announced their latest expansion will not include pools or toddler stage, at least at launch. This has upset many fans of the series, who see this as a move away from some of the core Sims features.
The language used in the announcement appears to hint at pool and toddler stages coming later in the game’s lifespan. This could come in DLC packs later in the year, something we doubt The Sims fans are too happy about either.
The Sims 4 features a new redesigned Build Mode, for players to create houses and structures without a problem. It has often been the case where building a house on Sims will be more enjoyable than actually keeping it functional.
Outdoor pools seem like an integral part of the franchise and we are not sure why Maxis is taking content away from the user, especially when developing outdoor pools would not be that hard of a task.
Toddler stage is understandable, Maxis might want to work on different parts of The Sims 4 and not include a toddler stage, simply because it is time consuming, but for pools we really cannot see why Maxis do not have enough time.
Maxis has become an EA puppet, many people seem to think. The SimCity fiasco really showed how out of touch they are with fans of the series, implementing an always-on mode that hardly anyone took advantage of and having server issues from day-one.
The Sims is a beloved franchise and one of the favorites for millions of people, Sims 2 is one of the best selling games of all time and both Maxis and EA really need to step up and show their dedication. Selling DLC packs and not implementing features is not a good way to go about securing the fan-base for another release.