The Sims 4

MAC, PC / Simulation / Release: Fall 2014 / ESRB: U

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The Sims 4 introduces group conversations

The Sims 4 introduces group conversations

The Sims 4 strives to reflect the subtleties of human emotion. While this will greatly affect individual Sims and one-on-one interaction, Maxis is aiming to overhaul group Sim conversations, as well.

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How The Sims 4 is aiming for more subtle sim behavior

How The Sims 4 is aiming for more subtle sim behavior

The Sims 4 is putting a heavy emphasis on emotions, but the Sims Studio doesn't want to make those play out as broad cartoonish stereotypes. Instead, executive producer Rachel Franklin says the goal is to make the sims a more accurate reflection of real life, with more subtle touches based on human motivation and emotional states.

Read more: 'We've evolved the sims over time, over generations' »

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The Sims 4 designed for lower-end machines

The Sims 4 designed for lower-end machines

Sequels aren't always about raising the bar. Sometimes, you have to lower it as well. For The Sims 4, Maxis is focused on making sure their sequel can reach the most players possible. "We're really excited to say that players on lower end machines are going to have a much better experience on The Sims 4 than they did with The Sims 3," producer Ryan Vaughn said.

Read more: You Athlon XP owners will be fine »

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Sims 4 won't import Sims 3 content

Sims 4 won't import Sims 3 content

Have you grown attached to the few remaining Sims that you haven't drowned in a pool, you monster? You'll just have to keep playing The Sims 3 to continue watching their lives unfold, because The Sims 4 won't import them.

Read more: 'Unfortunately none of that carries over' »

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The Sims 4 gameplay trailer is emotionally manipulative

The Sims 4 gameplay trailer is emotionally manipulative

Word may have leaked out early, but EA went ahead with its big The Sims 4 reveal at Gamescom today. We already knew that it's trying to make sims more emotional, but now we have a gameplay trailer demonstrating that, as well as showing off the fancy new character creator, and, er, having sex in a space-rocket.

Watch: Virtual dudes vying for a lady's attention »

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The Sims 4 leak reveals more emotional sims

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The Sims 4 leak reveals more emotional sims

The Sims 4 is the next leap for Maxis' virtual torture simulation, and a set of leaked screens and info has given us a little more detail on what to expect from this iteration. EA and Maxis are aiming to make the Sims themselves more emotionally apt and intelligent this time around.

Read more: Emotional states informed by other sims, memories, and dress-up »

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SimCity problems led to offline Sims 4

SimCity problems led to offline Sims 4

Shortly after SimCity's online requirement backfired on Electronic Arts, the company announced The Sims 4--notably without any similar online requirement. EA's head of labels, Frank Gibeau, says that's no coincidence, and the decision was made due to the SimCity problems.

Read more: 'We listened to feedback on SimCity' for Sims 4 »

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The Sims 4 coming to PC and Mac in 2014, is single-player and offline [Update]

The Sims 4 coming to PC and Mac in 2014, is single-player and offline [Update]

Updated with new details from Maxis.

After nearly two hundred expansion packs* for The Sims 3, Maxis is finally moving on to the next generation of The Sims. The predictably named The Sims 4 will be coming to PC and Mac in 2014, the company has announced.

(*Not true. Exaggeration.)

Read more: 'Improve and innovate' »

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