The announcement that The Sims 4 would be missing established series features like toddlers and swimming pools caused an uproar in the Sims community. Fans were disappointed. No longer would they be able to kill sims by removing the pool ladder when their virtual people were trying to impress the neighbors with a midnight skinny dip. EA Maxis has responded to the outcry by clarifying why some features won’t make the cut. Rachel Franklin, executive producer of The Sims 4 explains that implementation of new systems has required “trade-offs” that necessitated the removal of some elements. New systems like more walking animations made it in instead. Why new walks made it impossible to create pools is beyond me, but it sounds like the developers really put a lot of effort into them.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2014/07/08/pools-walking-sims-4/