The Sims is supposed to about setting up a perfect fantasy life, right? And, for some players, swimming pools are a key part of that. But they won't be in Sims 4 and that's made some players quite upset.

Doing stuff with real estate and person-like characters that you'd can't actually afford or do in reality is part of the lasting appeal of The Sims. But, an EA update mentioned that swimming pools wouldn't be in Sims 4, at least not when the game launches:

And while we recognize that some of you will be disappointed that pools and toddlers won't be available when The Sims 4Base 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.

Concave excavations filled with chlorinated water aren't the only thing going missing from the next Sims title. The toddler developmental stage won't be in the game either, which apparently means that Sims will jump from babies to children.Now, The Sims 4 will have several new features that look promising, like the ability to fine-tune emotions and a build feature that seems more robust than ever before. But taking away already extant features in a long-running franchise is a sure way to annoy diehard fans and that seems to be the case here.


Over on Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr and fansites like SimsGlobe, some players aren't taking the news well—even if some of the reasons are a little disturbing—while others think any outrage is an over-reaction:

As has been mentioned, pools and a toddler life stage are certainly elements that can be added in as future updates to The Sims 4. But, for those angry Sims fans, these are crucial facets that they don't want to wait for.