‘We have to go deeper’, deep into the epidermis of our Sims apparently, according to Ryan Vaughan who’s a producer on The Sims 4 because in EA and Maxis’ new game we’ll be able to prod and pull their faces like they’re the most gorgeous of Elastoplast. They’re clearly aiming for the very best looking Sims ever in the God-hand series and I think they might have just pulled it off. Don’t take my word for it though, watch the new Sims 4 Create A Sim trailer after the break.
Sims, They’re Just Like Us!
Yes, they’re swaggering, lumbering, sauntering representations of our actual lives and The Sims 4 Create A Sim mode lets us have a right old tinker at how well they represent us (walks and all) making a pretty huge difference over the fiddly sliders of the last few games which practically gave you a migraine if you were playing The Sims 3 on a console. Not only will they be just like us in the personality sense either as Vaughan was more than clear about races in The Sims – which are never stated in the game, only by design – so now if you’re a person of colour you’ll be able to customise your Sim more than ‘a little bit more or less brown’.
As a mixed-race person that’s a nice change to hear because The Sims 3 (and most games that let you play around with race, if I’m honest) give me the options of ‘as dark as can be’ or ‘white person with a tan’ which isn’t even close and obviously if you’re not white and not black either then the addition of more skin tones is something to be rightfully chuffed about.
The Sims 4 Create A Sim (For Every Type of Body)
Another sizeable issue with The Sims in the past is just that; the size of the characters. Toned bods couldn’t be curvy bods and bigger bods couldn’t be toned ones either, not from the offset anyway, but The Sims 4 is finally understanding that every body is different and weight/muscle mass is a non-exclusive thing.
In short, while there are options for a base level bod (e.g you can pick what your body looks like before you pull it into shape), you can pull at body parts with a click of the mouse and sculpt your Sim into a toned lady with a jiggle in her behind, a rotund guy with a faded pack of abs or anything above and in between, the choice is very much ours.
Everyone’s other favourite Sims design feature, house building, will reportedly be looked at in a new video soon so be on the look out for that on the blog when it’s released!
The Sims 4 will be released in Autumn 2014 for PC. (There’s no word on a console release for the game just yet!)