“The Sims 4 team is completely mismanaged”—Former EA Salt Lake employee Jace Wallace on Twitter this evening giving voice to what many fans have feared given the abrupt halt in the marketing campaign and the uncertainty that has followed.
Hi! I've been a Sims addict ever Sim City and I wanted to ask some questions about Sims 4 - 1. Will the game be able to install with most sims 3 games also installed? 2. When building a house, does the build mode decor gets moved with the furniture? 3. What type of interactions are there? 4. What is the actual correct release date for UK for the sims 4? I know the release was originally early this year but got put back and 5. How many expansions are planned TAR Sims 4? Thanks for your time! Anna
If you have space on your computer! TS3 and TS4 are different games and have nothing to do with each other.
We don’t really have that info yet, but we know that multitasking will be in the game!
Hi! Just curious if Sim traits & Voice Sliders will still be present in Sims 4.
Hi, CherryBunny. Yes, traits and voice sliders will be returning in The Sims 4.
Here’s the long answer:
Traits & Voice Sliders
We learned from Sims Camp that each sex will have three different voice styles to choose from and you can adjust the pitch from low to high for each.
Female Voices: Sweet, Melodic, Lilted
Male Voices: Clear, Warm, Brash
Photo: Trait slots and voice sliders (UI pictured is from Gamescom and subject to change)
With traits Ray Mazza confirmed you can choose up to five like before but your Sims will also be able to unlock special traits by completing Aspirations. Here’s what we’ve read so far about traits:
Whims, Traits, Aspirations
We’re used to crafting Sim personalities with Traits, and those of us that played The Sims 2 even remember when we used to control their Wishes. The Sims 4 lets us get to know our Sims’ thoughts and feelings not just through Traits, but through Whims and Aspirations. Whims are like the thought bubbles that come up when Sims are out in the world doing stuff. They’re often something a Sim wants to do in the moment, like mix a drink or play with a chess set. Fulfilling a Whim grants the Sim something like Lifetime Happiness points to spend on rewards.
Aspirations are more long-term Sim desires, similar to the Lifetime Wishes from The Sims 3. A Sim might want to master a certain skill or career, or own certain items. Unlike The Sims 3, which limited players to only one Lifetime Wish, the Aspirations in The Sims 4 are organized such that every Sim can have as many as he or she wants. Once a Sim completes an Aspiration, they’ll get the corresponding Aspiration Trait that goes along with it. A Sim that becomes a master chef, for example, will get a cooking-based Aspiration Trait. —Meet The Sims 4, The Sims Official Magazine
And the unforgettable Sociopath trait…
The character evolves as you meet her desires. So, if you can unlock the sociopath trait, she will get ‘fun’ from torture.”—Ray Mazza
And to make a long post even longer here’s a little trivia from Twitter…
they did originally plan to release early 2014 and even had pre-orders available so what if the whole delay thing is some sick diversion and ea is going to surprise drop the game like its beyonces album on the 4th
By not taking the extra step to animate opening/closing car doors, I think EA is underestimating our appreciation for what they provide for us. Instead of thinking money, money, money, they should think more about how much WE, the fans, actually ENJOY the game. Sorry, EA's been getting on my nerves lately, though I appreciate what small news they are giving us.
EA has been getting on ALL of our nerves, and not just lately! They have been voted the “Worst Company in America” TWICE. It’s okay…if The Sims 4 is amazing and isn’t 90% DLC, I will forgive them.
Simified: Will Sims be able to have and own cars? Will cars in The Sims 4 have functions similar to The Sims 2 (opening doors, etc.) or will they be like The Sims 3?
Grant: Sims will definitely be able to own and have cars! As far as how they will function, I cannot comment on that yet. I do know that opening doors, like in The Sims 2, would require a lot from our animations team, so this may or may not happen.
It sounds like cars will be animated in the same way as in The Sims 3. This is very disappointing to hear, as I personally can’t stand Sims teleporting into their cars. Little details like opening car doors are essential if TS4 is to feel alive and complete. I just don’t buy that it would “require a lot” animation-wise. Have you guys seen the incredible amount of models, textures and animations in recent games? I think they could manage. I am alright with EA toning down and simplifying the graphics if it allows for more complex game systems…I hope they come through on this!
Nice Blog, Did they announce any other life stages yet?And how do you think the toddlers, children and teens looked in sims 3, i think the toddlers and teens were pretty good, but the children lacked alot..
Graham Nardone clarifies the impact of objects and color on emotions in TS4
“I’d like to clear up one common misconception I keep seeing…
Being in proximity of color does not impact a Sim’s emotions. Being in a blue room won’t make your Sim sad. Wearing a red dress won’t make your Sim flirty. The Sims 4 has never functioned that way.
Our designers can, in specific cases, create objects or special pieces of clothing that enhance an emotion that a Sim is already feeling… For example, a painting with a sad theme could have an impact on a nearby Sim who is already feeling sad.
The color of an object, a piece of clothing, or… heck, even your wallpaper… won’t automatically push a nearby Sim into a different emotion.”
It seem's wierd that EA would open up the bag for ts4 only to shut it for months. Even on the simgurus' twitters it's nothing but "I can't talk about it unless it was shown on gamescom". What an awful way to market a product. A trial CAS like ts2 did would be awesome though.
I completely agree. I heard that they only showed TS4 at Gamescom to get some feedback on the new systems and features before fully committing to them. If that is the case, then I can’t imagine why they would have released trailers and press releases and announced the game on such a wide level. You can’t just drum up all that hype and then stay silent for six months! I mean, you can, but that’s god awful marketing.
Hi, 4eversims. They’re the top part of the new adjustable foundations. Above is a build clip from the First Look Gameplay Trailer that shows them being built.
I like them for the most part but I’m not crazy over the gray color — at least not for all houses — which begs the question of whether they’re designable or not? I asked, of course, so if I get a response I’ll be sure to share.
Update: Ask and you shall receive. This is what Graham had to say:
@HoneywellsNews Can’t provide full detail as it’s still an area we’re working on. There were color variations for foundations at Gamescom.
I noticed something whilst looking at these images, I’m not sure what exactly it is but I’m pretty sure it’s not the foundation. You see that gray bit that surrounds the house?
It can be found on this house also, which already has foundations:
And yet it is nowhere to be found on this house, which also has foundations:
And here’s a house without foundations and the mysterious gray bit:
Could it be some sort of ground-level fencing? If so, I’m surprised that it can sit flush against the walls. Usually fences disappear when they’re built along the same pathways as walls. And judging by the fences and windows that intersect with the rooftops, I feel like we may no longer encounter the ‘cannot intersect walls/objects’ warning as much as we used to.
Whatever this addition is, I like it because it gives the houses a more natural and finished look. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I found myself using it a lot.
About the whole bella being a vampire, considering she wore all that red in Ts1-3, we should've taken note lol. What if riviera was built after strangetown and mortimer is dead, and casandra and alex are elders--im so excited for Ts4
That would be a really awesome way to incorporate Bella Goth (my favorite Sim) into a new time period and location! I love that idea!
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I'm not sure if it's known yet, but will sims bodies act like real ones in the sense that if you flex your arm your bicep expands, it doesn't just mash into your forearm. I hope that they added something like that. It would be nice to see my sims move more realistically. Love that your doing this for all us simmers out there!
They haven’t commented on this specifically, but I can say with absolute certainty that such a feature will not be included in TS4. They are focusing on improving the core game experience, and part of this strategy involves simplifying certain graphics features that would slow down or bug up the game (like custom, multicolored, animated hair). They are also trying to target a larger demographic by allowing the game to run on computers with relatively low specs. More realistic bodies would be a nice touch, but it would slow down the game enough that it would detract from the overall Sims experience, and it would render many players with low-end computers unable to play TS4. I hope this helped! :)
Some potential concept art was recently leaked from Tony Ianiro, who (according to his LinkedIn profile) worked on creating concept art for houses and environments as well as helping to create the overall look of the game. The art was available on Ianiro’s digital portfolio, which has since been made password protected. I normally don’t give much credence to rumours but just from the general look of the art on display and from the support from his LinkedIn profile I’d say this stuff is legit.
Anyway I thought I’d give a general overview of some of the images and say what I think they tell us about the game.
These beautiful house designs keep to the southern US vibe we’ve come to expect from the footage of the game so far. One thing I’m really hoping for is a better system for attic rooms, something that has never really worked in the series so far.
A classic Louisiana riverboat with a stylised flair. This piece of concept art could just be inspiration for the designers or it could hint at the return of boats, a popular addition in The Sims 3: Island Paradise. Personally, I’m hoping this boat is on the riverfront of the Riviera town, I’d like it to be a rabbit hole of sorts, one that you can see inside of and interact with but can’t edit. This would allow the team to create some incredibly impressive buildings that are visually complex but still usable as restaurants or shops. Just a thought.
Some random furniture designs, nothing much to comment on other than the traditional style, this also fits with the older architectural style shown above. The reason why I included the picture though is the minibar, the bar/counter from the original Sims game was perhaps my favourite item in the whole game, it was small but stylish.
Look how cool it is, what a game.
The next image could be for anything but if you ask me it’s to showcase a very different type of house that can be created in the game.
Reminds me of Florida, or an upmarket Strangetown.
This is the same sort of thing, just a different style of building. This Tudor style of building can be seen in the background of the leaked UI image from last year.
Finally we have some logos/signs that will no doubt appear on buildings in one of the towns available at launch (with Maxis being involved again I foresee multiple towns at release).
I love these they’re so charming in a twisted way, just like most things in the original game. I’d imagine this is for Riviera too, the mystical element in most of the signs again reminds me of the New Orleans shown on TV in shows like The Originals and American Horror Story: Coven. I’m pretty sure the catfish is sniffing a pot of gumbo. I really hope from the variety of signs in the concept art that there will be a heavier focus on consumerism in the town centre of the game with plenty of different restaurants and shops. I might use the town more if there’s something to get my sims interested in that they can’t get at home, rather than restaurants I can’t see inside of and a theatre I’m meant to imagine my sims are having fun inside.
I wasn’t going to share these because I was told that they had nothing to do with The Sims 4, but EA keeps forcing them off Tumblr, which leads me to think otherwise. The cute signs and beautiful architecture would add wonderful depth and charm to TS4, so I hope that this art is for the game. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
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.