The official Sims website has announced that swimming pools will finally be added to The Sims 4 in a free November update. According to a report by Kotaku, it’s taken EA so long to add pools because the game engine wasn’t built to support them.
“It’s easy to look at something and think, ‘That looks pretty simple.’ When you think about a feature like pools upfront, it looks like a square box on the ground and you put a shader on the top surface and have Sims jump in.”
“But ultimately, it’s more complexity in terms of what tech’s there and what isn’t there, what we have to build to support this. How do we cut down into the terrain, how do we get Sims going through portals across different levels of pools? There’s so much that’s going on in the background that you don’t end up seeing just to have a Sim go swimming.”
EA have also stated that career paths will be making a triumphant return in a December update.