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Debunked: Routable Water in The Sims 4!

UPDATE: It’s been confirmed by one of our readers that the depth of water puddles was present since at least the Get Together patch came out!


The search for hints, clues and newly inserted pieces of code with each patch is part of the “sport” of playing the Sims for many people. Here, is one more clue. The Sims 4 now has navigable water outside of pools, baths and hot tubs. On the streets of the Willow Creek neighborhood that is home to Goths, there have long been puddles. Indicative of maybe a bout of rain before your sim arrived or perhaps a sprinkler system. While they have always provided a cosmetic bit of realism, these puddles now provide depth in addition. There is now routable water in the Sims 4!

I sent my sim Reg and his son Max out to play in the puddles. As you can see in the pictures below the water is approximately ankle deep near the curb. While the second picture also shows a graphical illusion of the water growing more swallow as it spreads outward from there.

So, what do you think? Is this indicative of anything? Swimming in lakes and rivers, Seasons, Pets, Cars, Toddlers? Oh wait scratch that last one. I forgot to update my auto list of rumored additions-lol! Whatever it may ultimately tie into, it’s one more indication that the Sims 4 is still fluxing and growing even when it’s not officially announced. And even when it takes us a bit of time to notice it. Comment below with what you think this means. Then go in game to check it out for yourself! Also, keep watching the Sims Community for more news. As promised by the Maxis team, it has been an exciting year and we still have the second half to go. Thanks for reading!

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JasonSterling

I'm a "LifeSimmer" playing since the start in 2000. I live in the American Middle West. I'm married with an 8 year old boy. I love all the Sims iterations. Here with the Sims Community I'll be focusing on build related articles primarily, illustrating tricks and tips to help your build reflect the player you are and the sims your sims are. Thanks for visiting! Follow me on Twitter @JasonSterling70 and Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChTcEUgP2u4sMiEonW88uuw

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  • In Willow Creek, the lot next to Spencer-Kim-Lewis has a beachy area, and for a long time if you direct a Sim to walk from one spot to another by the water, the Sim might choose to route through the water. It’s enough to want a swimsuit even, but the Sim doesn’t notice, get wet, etc. I knew I should have shared that a long time ago. I still have video and pics.

    It’s not a *future* hint or ground-breaking, so I wasn’t sure the interest level. Also, I wasn’t doing anything special, just having Sims walk around. I thought others would notice it.

  • These puddles have existed since the base was released, and they haven’t changed since. If you flatten Oakenstead, you’ll find your sims’ feet under the same water near the center of the lot. I doubt that they have any intention of making these functional.