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Sims 4 Release Date Still Set For Fall

If you’ve been worried about the lack of Sims 4-related announcements from EA, you need not worry, as the game’s release date isn’t going to get pushed back. It seems the Sims 4 will still be launching in Fall 2014, and while we still don’t have an exact date, we have official confirmation that the game is still coming.

Recent Twitter activity from EA and Maxis members have confirmed that Sims 4 isn’t going to be seeing delays, a fact understandable, considering EA’s goal of exploiting the holiday gifting season for sales this year.

The last time we’ve heard something about Sims 4 was at GDC 2014, where the developers of the game explained how AI has been improved for the next Sims game.

Maxis developers went to great lengths to explain that Sims will now be able to multitask in Sims 4, and that these changes will provide players with a much more immersive experience. Sims 4 has been eagerly anticipated by Sims fans, as Sims 3 was somewhat of a let-down. All signs would suggest we’re really getting a better title this year, although it’s unclear what exactly we should expect. The most notable changes will be coming in the terms of gameplay, activities, user interface changes and some visual upgrades, although don’t expect Sims 4 to look revolutionary.

Still, visual changes are coming, and it seems that Ambient Occlusion will be tuned up considerably for Sims 4. "Ambient occlusion is used to determine how an object on screen will react to light to realistically brighten the object and cast shadows on the object itself based on where the light is hitting it," explained a recent SimsVIP post, reassuring fans that the game will indeed look better and feel more vibrant and realistic.

Why multitasking in The Sims 4 makes characters feel 'more believable'

A sim's ability to perform more than one task at any given time helps make the character feel more natural, according to software engineer Peter Ingebretson during a recent Game Developers Conference 2014 panel.

In "Concurrent Interactions in The Sims 4", Ingebretson explained that Maxis' goal with the upcoming game was to make it "the most natural iteration" of the series. Part of this required implementing one of the series' most frequently requested features: multitasking.

"When we looked at the sims and tried to decide what would make them feel more natural and more believable, one thing that we realized is that in the real world, people do things at the same time all the time," Ingebretson said. "For instance, people stand around in a bar drinking drinks, sitting down. Sometimes people will stand and sit and talk to each other. It seems very natural when characters in a game can multitask."

According to the software engineer, multitasking gives the illusion of doing several things at the same time. It requires less complex demands than actually doing separate, simultaneous behaviors.

"It also turns out that it's in some ways realistic," Ingebretson said. "In the real world, people's brains work this way. There's a lot of psychological research that shows people multitask by switching between different things."

Multitasking, however, can be inhibited by several technical of the game, such as how the sim is positioned or what they're doing with their hands — this could keep a sim from drinking a soda, for example, or change their options when sitting or standing.

The Sims 4 is expected to launch this fall worldwide for Mac and Windows PC.

Harry Potter-related Expansion Pack Surveyed

The survey that EA has been conducting on expansion packs and pricing of The Sims 4 is now reaching more people it seems. A user posted on Reddit some time ago claiming that he has received a similar survey. He didn’t post any images but he shared plenty of interesting features about the upcoming game. In the context, the player explained that the survey asked him to choose the expansion packs that he would love the most which includes a pack that will allow the Sims to go study in magic colleges.

They will be trained to become wizards and witches which is hugely inspired by the Harry Potter series. The pack is being referred to as the Dragonology which could very well be an official Harry Potter expansion pack and players were asked to vote for it.

Other interesting packs include a superhero theme where the Sim could become a powerful individual with superpowers, a disaster expansion pack and the usual ones including university, seasons among others.

The poster also revealed that he came across specific stuff packs which included a beach setup, a celebrity stuff pack and activity pack. The survey had detailed questions on the pricing for The Sims 4 and it questioned whether they will buy the game at a specified price limit. Going by this repeated survey news, it seems EA is definitely working on it and a Fall release date is quite possible.

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