The fourth edition of the successful life-simulating game is set to see the The Sims getting in touch with their emotional side.
Shown at the gamescon expo in Cologne, Sims 4 producer Lyndsay Pearson said game developers have concentrated this time round on creating even more believable Sims who can multitask and show believable emotions.
During a demonstration at the EA offices, a love triangle was shown as an example of The Sims’ new emotional side. One Sim was shown to be jealous when his friend began flirting with a girl he was interested in. He was then shown blowing off steam by boxing when his own advances were spurned.
Just about every move that can be made in Sims 4 can garner an emotional response – from the way a house is built to the way it is decorated.
Due to launch next year, an official Sims 4 statement said: “The Sims 4 gives fans an entirely new way to experience the excitement and delight of life’s moments. Built on a brand new technology platform, The Sims 4 empowers players to create and control an entirely new generation of Sims like never before.
“Through powerful new creative tools and dynamic, emotion-rich gameplay, every relationship is interwoven to create a ripple effect that shapes the life journey of the Sims.”
Rachel Franklin, vice president and executive producer for The Sims 4 said the new game would give users “more possibilities and deeper gameplay” opportunities. She said the developments meant that each Sim would now have a “rich emotional centre” that would lead to more “meaningful social interactions”.
It means gameplay choices don’t just influence a particular moment, but have ripple effects down the line, just as in real life.
Players will be able to bring their stories to life in a way which hasn’t been possible before.
The Sims 4 will allow players more freedom when it comes to creating their Sims. Eighteen touchpoints on the Sims’ bodies and faces mean they can be sculpted to create custom faces and physiques. There are also new places where the virtual folk of The Sims can get intimate – or WooHoo, in The Sims terminology.
“The Sims 4 and The Sims in general has always had a really good sense of humour,” said Pearson. “For us, that’s an opportunity for new places for your Sims to have a little bit of fun and WooHoo, and maybe new ways to die. All of those things are funny parts of the game we’ve maintained in The Sims 4.”
The Sims 4 is expected to build on the long-standing success of The Sims franchise. So far, more than 150 million copies of The Sims have been sold worldwide, and it is also the world’s best-selling PC franchise.
Pre-orders are already being taken for The Sims 4, with those who do pre-order receiving a limited edition. But, an exact release date is not yet known.