The Mary Sue reports that in a new Sims 4 press release, EA stated that there will not be toddlers or swimming pools in the base game, set to be released on September 2nd. They cited EA's statement:
"And while we recognize that some of you will be disappointed that pools and toddlers won’t be available when The Sims 4 Base Game launches in September, you should know that we’re building an incredibly strong foundation that is capable of fulfilling every one of your desires in the years to come."
If you're like me, you don't play the Sims 3 without a few mods, as being god to a population of of comperized humans just isn't the same unless you can give them skills or kill them on the spot. Such is the joy of being a cruel and uncaring all-powerful being. That, and making people fall in love with each other, thus ruining marriages, friendships, and families. Oh, the Sims. You get me.
I've heard complaints that without pools, it will now be impossible to kill your sim by putting them in a pool and taking out all the ladders; however, this complaint tells me that not everyone has been paying close attention to gameplay in the Sims 3. Imagine my surprise the first time I tried to drown a sim in a ladder-less pool, only to watch her come out of the pool by pulling herself over the side like a normal person would.
I'm also not too torn up about the absense of toddlers. It doesn't really do much, except you get to teach it how to talk if you want, and if you don't get the chance because your sim is too busy having extra-marital affairs, the child won't get a get a good personality trait when it ages up. Ugh, whatever. Sorry I don't think potty-training is all that important, Sims 3.
Anyway, I doubt I'll buy the Sims 4 immediately when it comes out, if only because I like to wait a month or two to see what kind of customization options users come up with for better gameplay. And while I am looking forward to woo-hooing being an actual skill, I'm wondering if this means I am going to have to make my sims go to the library and read woo-hoo books so that they can level up. Hopefully other sims won't be programmed to think that's super awkward.