Sorry if I sound rude , but I personally don't think TS4 should be an exclusive game for adults. I loved making stories with my sims giving them family friends and surrounding them with people who care. A lot of my friends also think eliminating kids is a bad idea. I was wondering whats your opinion on it if they actually continue with the idea?
It is not an idea that has ever been considered by EA or Maxis. It is a complete and utter fabrication. Don’t worry about it at all! It’s clearly an awful idea haha.
HOW will the world and the population of the sims grow without children? Don't tell me there won't be death in basegame. Its definitly one big lie.
Absolutely! There’s no question about it. Will Wright isn’t even working with EA or Maxis anymore, so he certainly would not be revealing sensitive game information during a big period of silence. He likely knows little more than we do about The Sims 4!
Our own correspondent, Neal Hauser had a chance to rap with Will Wright, co-founder of maxis and director of the previous Sims games.
We’ve heard that the new Sims game will not feature children. Is this true?
“It’s a strictly adult oriented game.
In the future we will add babies through teens in an expansion pack to be released later, but the core of the game doesn’t hold such content. We didn’t want it to.”
Why would you remove such an extremely popular component of the game?
"We wanted the game to draw in the current generation of young adults, so making a game without [children] was optimal for that crowd.”
What about the younger audience?
“The new Sims game will have the ‘Mature’ ESRB rating… We’re taking some less-racy elements of the previous games and expanding them to steer [the game] towards a purely adult audience. For example, the ‘woo-hoo’ function is now a lot more intimate, for both the sims and the player.
It’s no longer two sims fumbling under the bed sheets, it’s more of an interactive experience that we think older audiences will enjoy.
And for those who enjoy polyamorous relationships, there is a Menage’ A Trois option.”
It sounds like you’re taking a big leap of faith with your target audience. Do you think it will hinder sales?
"No, not at all. There are so many new and upgraded features of the game, the gameplay alone will draw in a crowd. We think this is a good move.
If you haven’t seen our new Create-A-Sim, you should look into it. We’ve revolutionized simulated gameplay. It helps to think of it as a completely new game, not just a sequel of previous titles.”
Do you think the absence of children and teenagers will make the game boring?
"The first Sims game only had children, it didn’t have babies, and children grew directly into adults. We think that making this game adult-oriented will push the market in a better direction.
If people want to have kids and teens in their games they can buy the expansion pack.”
This "article” is completely fabricated. All of the original life stages have already been confirmed for TS4.
is there really still no news? I've been out of the simming community for 4 months and i come to check ts4 news today to find that nothing's really happened D: A* marketing
I wouldn’t expect anything for a few months. I know, it stinks, but the game is at a relatively early stage in development…we just have to wait. I’ll post the second news appears! Thank you for checking my blog for your Sims 4 news! :)
It seems like you have a love-hate relationship with the Sims 4...or is it perhaps just with EA? Because I honestly wish Maxis and the people helping with Sims 4 could just somehow transfer to some other company, like Bethesda or something. Bethesda's such a nice company, in my opinion.
I definitely have a hate/hate relationship with EA, and a love/hate relationship with The Sims 4. Haha!
It’s quite complicated. Most of my gripes about TS4 (and The Sims franchise in general) come from problems within EA. I really dislike what they did with TS3 (ugly Sims, expansion packs with less content that are more expensive, focus on DLC, clunky and buggy gameplay…etc.), and how they are handling TS4 marketing. They drummed up all this hype and then completely stopped promoting the game. They could at least release a weekly “developer dairies” or something to keep us going.
Looks like we’ll be getting a few more months of silence before any real news.
Those screenshots...if that's not cartoony, then perhaps I know nothing anymore. Maybe use the word "zany"? I thought Sims2 was cartoonish but I feel even that was more realistic looking than this. Thoughts?
It’s definitely cartoony. I just don’t mind it haha. The Sims 2 beta had the best graphics in my opinion, and it was never released. TS4 really looks like The Sims 2 beta, so I’m pumped.
The developers are so hard at work on the game that they don’t have time to talk about it with the fans. They’re so focused on making the perfect game that they don’t want to reveal anything before it is 100% polished and beautiful.
There is no marketing department. The marketing staff for the game were made to participate in a Hunger Games style tournament designed to find the best person to sell the game. None survived.
Can we have a moment of silence for our fallen comrades?
It definitely isn’t #1. There is no way that EA “doesn’t have time to talk about it with the fans.” They are a multi-billion dollar corporation, they could afford to hire a few people to run some social media sites for TS4. It has to be #2.
Yo I left the community around a month ago for a hiatus (to think about things) and I decided to pop back in for some of my favorite blogs. So I check here of course, and there's nothing new except the game got delayed. Thanks EA.
I know, right? Oh well, not much we can do about it. Thanks for considering my blog to be one of your favorites…that means a lot!
what bothered me was that the "BUY NOW!" button for ts4 on the ts3 homepage, was that it didn't say something more along the lines of, "PREORDER TODAY!" since buy now is kind of misleading. we have a YEAR to wait (which is fine, i'm all for waiting so they can get it together), the least they could do is be up front about it
According to a Forbes article, The Sims 4 was set to be released in March of 2014, before it was delayed until the fall.
“This continues what appears to be a growing willingness among major video game publishers to delay games rather than rush them to launch.
EA, in particular, has been known to drive a relentless release schedule thanks to their time-sensitive EA Sports titles. It’s encouraging to see a game like Sims 4 delayed, if only because it indicates a focus on quality over speed of release.”
Though I am disappointed that the game won’t be out earlier, it is encouraging to hear that EA is finally paying attention. One of the biggest issues with TS3 is that EA pushed the team to release the game before it was ready, resulting in less features, more bugs, and an overall unstable game. I am willing to wait for quality!
The only good thing I can see from the delay is that they fix up all the things that's wrong with it (and add stuff to make it better).
I’m pretty sure they just aren’t finished building the game yet. Each Sims game is usually in development for several years, usually starting right after the release of the previous gen game. TS4 missed those years of development, because EA spent over 3 years making the online Sims concept that was completely scrapped.
Yesterday’s blog post on Sims 4 Box Art raised some questions about whether or not The Sims 4 would be an offline game. Crinrict confirmed that the Google translation was accurate; the front of the box label on The Sims 4 does say that an internet connection is required to play.
However, after further investigation on Crinrict’s part it was determined that other games, like The Sims 3 Starter pack, have the same label but can be played offline. Contrast that with the SimCity box cover which states a permanent (bestehend in German) internet connection and Origin account are needed and we believe that’s the key difference.
The lack of a Mac label still appears to be cause for concern (notice the Sims 3 boxes clearly show it’s available for PC and Mac). If we use SimCity again as an example, the PC version was released on March 5th and there wasn’t a version available for Mac until August 29th — nearly 6 months later.
I hate to me dramatic but never in my life have a seen a marketing campaign stop as suddenly as the one for The Sims 4, especially when the game is still in development. I’m sure when new information is released we’ll all forget about this massive dry period but until then I’m becoming more and more complacent about the game. All this has done is give people chance to pick faults with what has been revealed so far and then ultimately stop discussing the game.
I know the developers will be hard at work but what is the marketing department doing at the moment? Please get your shit together EA/Maxis, I’ve got a blog that needs nursing back to a healthy state.
I completely agree. They spend TONS of time and money drumming up hype for the game, only to let the hype shrivel and die in a news drought. Isn’t it obvious that they should be releasing news every week? It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking…but there has been nothing. No promos. No videos. No renders. No screenshots. Not even a hint of new info outside of what was announced at Gamescom.
I know we’ve had challenges getting the afros and wavy hairs in the past. It usually takes a few packs before we’re really nailing our hair pipeline. So for this project, literally, I have been really pushing a range of hairs so hard. We know more of the wavy and ethnic hairs are going to be challenging, but we’re gathering so much ref for them. We’re really pushing hard to make sure we get them in there early and that we get them nailed right.
I can’t wait to see how they’re going to handle wavy hair and I hope by early she means the basegame!
Think about how much faster the game will be, now that it doesn’t have to render dozens and dozens of custom object textures each time you load a building!
Most of you have horrible computers, and complain when TS3 doesn’t work on them. That is largely due to CAST. Without it, the game will be faster. Would you rather have a smooth game, or a laggy game full of custom textures?
I expect EA to make TS4 the best it can be. I believe that not including height customization and CAST were decisions made to ensure that TS4 is smooth and bug-free.
People are still threatening not to buy TS4 because of this.
What do you guys think? Can we finally get past this issue, now that we realize how GOOD this will be for the game?
An Inside Look at How EA is Ruining The Sims Franchise
Here are quotes from Patrick Kelly, someone who was involved in TS4 MMO concept, “Olympus.” This idea was developed from 2008-2012, but was eventually scrapped due to technological limitations.
“The (Sims 4) is a mess, the studio is a mess, and people are so frustrated they are about to revolt. Making games isn’t as glamorous as people think, in fact its pretty cut-throat, but the current generation of Sims designers are taking it to another level.
The most obvious clue that they are scrambling now is the inexplicably boring Sims 4 logo, which looks like it was created in under a minute and designed by a committee of clueless producers.
But believe me if EA could keep (the Olympus concept leaks) under-wraps, they would. I know from personal experience…there’s some reason they’re letting this stuff out now, probably to distance themselves for a design they wasted 3 years developing but no one really liked.
There is a constant struggle between the designers and producers trying to get every great new feature possible into the game and the management who want to cut costs and get the game out as soon as possible.
EA has always forced The Sims developers to release broken, featureless games because they need it released ASAP to make the most money. It really doesn’t seem like we should blame anyone but the management at EA. It saddens me to think that if the designers had control, TS3 would’ve likely had much more features and much less bugs. Imagine TS3 without DLC! *faints*
Shame on you, EA.
(Info collected from honeywellsims4news and ModTheSims forums!)
Here is a really interesting article about animation in TS4. Though we already know all of the facts from SimsCamp, “Steve B” goes into much greater detail about the new technologies we’ll be seeing in the game.
People are pissed that the sims are cartoony in 4, but it makes sense. They can't go more realistic without the tools being impossible and the system requirements being crazy high, along with delaying the release date and raising the price. But if they stayed the same graphics as 3, obviously people would be so much more pissed, and they also eliminated pudding faces with this. What more do you guys expect?
I love the concept, not the execution. But still, we haven’t seen a whole lot yet. Maybe it looks better in person?
Personally I really like how the sims look so far for TS4. I absolutely hated most everything about TS3, especially the sims themselves, except for traits. And ultimately how the sims look isn't going to be a big deal within a few months of release with all the CC that I'm sure will be out there. The only major disappointment for me so far is the lack of hair movement, but I imagine there's still time for them to add it if people raise enough of a stink.
They definitely won’t add it. You guys like to keep giving Maxis and EA the benefit of the doubt, but they don’t deserve it! The game is like 99% complete. The game actually does not change as much as everyone thinks it does from pre-alpha to final release.