Munchkin Land (Sims 4 Toddlers)
Ever since the beginning of The Sims franchise, players have long adored the ability to play through long legacy lines, and family stories. The Sims 4 released in Sept. 2014. Simmers immediately noticed something was wrong. Toddlers were missing! Babies were more of an object. They could not be removed from their cribs. This pulled away from a lot of the game play aspects that so many simmers had fallen in love with. Why? Why would EA and Maxis choose not to include toddlers in the release? Turns out, toddlers were such an ordeal to put into the game that they didn’t want to disappoint simmers by not giving toddlers the full attention they deserved.
“The fact is, we owe you a clearer explanation for why toddlers will not be in The Sims 4 at launch, so here goes. It begins with new technology and systems that we built for this new base game for The Sims — a new AI system, new animation system, new audio positioning tools, new locomotion logic, new routing intelligence and much more are all entirely new in this game.
The vision for The Sims 4 is a new experience that brings your Sims to life in deeper and uniquely personal ways — through emotions, personality traits, behaviors and interactions. To do that, our technology base needed a major upgrade. So, rather than include toddlers, we chose to go deeper on the features that make Sims come alive: meaningful and often amusing emotions; more believable motion and interactions; more tools in Create A Sim, and more realistic (and sometimes weird!) Sim behavior.” – SimGuru
So simmers waited, impatiently, for 2 years. In January, 2017, EA finally released toddlers in a free game update. Toddlers are improved from the previous sims games, including new traits (Angelic, Fussy, Wild, Independent, Silly, Charmer, Inquisitive, and Clingy), moodlets, emotions, interactions, toys, and objects. Parents of the little bundles have new moodlets, including a sad/happy moodlet about the tots growing up too fast. Toddlers learn to walk immediately and have new skills (imagination, movement, thinking, communication, and potty). The toddlers are more than most simmers could have wished for. The overall opinion is that they were worth the wait. Players are now looking forward to the new content EA and Maxis can bring to their game play experience.