The Sims 4

Kotaku: Adding Pools To Sims 4 Isn’t Easy, Claims EA

The Sims 4 isn’t going to launch with pools or toddlers, and people are pretty upset about that. But you know, toddlers are complicated. Makes sense that the developers might want to put that effort elsewhere. Pools, though? They’re just water. How hard could it be?

I asked producer Graham Nardone why it’s so tough to dig a ditch and fill it with water in The Sims 4‘s new engine, and he broke it down. The short answer? The game’s engine, as is, simply isn’t built to support things like digging into ground or Sims easily moving up and down within it.