Update: Just to prove that this Preview is vaild, SimGuruRyan tweeted that he’s currently in NYC for a special preview of the latest version of The Sims 4!
GamesNGuide had a chance to see the new version of The Sims 4, featuring Pools! Check out what they have to say about different Pool levels, sitting at the edge of the pool, peeing in the pool and more!
During the event they demoed a new build of the game with the pool update installed. We were shown the easy new customization system, which allows you to create characters just by tugging at various body parts of theirs, as well as the new Star Wars outfits. They’re quite proud of these, which allowed the three characters to don Darth Vader, Leia and Yoda outfits, the kid looking pretty cute with her little Yoda mask and giant green feet.
We were shown a nice house on a beautiful sunny day, a happy day without a hint of murder in the air. They were about to get a new addition to their home, however.
The pools are just as easy to create as the buildings. You pick a shape and drop it into the world, and you can expand it to whatever design you want, even changing the depth of the pool from “pretty deep” to “I hope there aren’t any sea creatures living in here” as you please.
Vaughan started us out with a rectangular pool and added a little circle to the end to spice up the look. He sent his Sims family into the pool, where they waded and splashed happily in their new swimsuits, a new (and, as with everything else, completely customizable) addition to the game. We were shown how the Sims could sit on the edge of the pool- a series first- and even pee into the pool if they so chose. All signs pointed to a wonderful time, but nefarious plans were afoot.
Vaughan carved out a little square pool a little bit away and put our Vader cosplayer in there before building four walls around him. He was trapped. Now- the wait. He would take a while to get exhausted and drown but thankfully a quick tweak of the developer’s mode and our poor hapless Sim was struggling to stay above the water, and soon he was no more. A little urn with ashes appeared near the walled-off pool, and his family members were sent to cry and grieve over it and lament hiring H.H. Holmes as their designer.
When I mentioned how nice it was to add the possibility of drowning to appeal to the more sadistic gamers, Vaughan laughed. It’s not their intention to tell gamers how to play, just to provide options for every single way you could ever want to. Even if that includes wet, cold-blooded murder.
Thanks Zerbu for the find!