I was very lucky to be given the chance yesterday to attend a preview event for The Sims 4 in Sydney Australia. Where I was able to play the game for about an hour and explore some of the new features that the game has and offers just before it is released.
I will be writing up full preview which you can all read in a few days, but for now I would say I was very impressed with how the game looks and feels when you actually sit down with it and play it. I was lucky enough to be given the chance to interview Graham Nardone who is a producer for the Sims 4 on the phone today and was able to ask him a few questions that I had from my time with the game yesterday.
1. One of the things that I do really like about the game having played it now is the art style and look of the Sims in the Sims 4. How important or how difficult was it for the Sims team to create the unique style the game now has?
Well I’m really glad to hear you say that because I feel like in particular that’s kinda been a hot topic online and especially once people start to get hands on with the game and really see how it flows in person I think the game is absolutely gorgeous and you really do have to sit down and play it to kind of fully understand how beautifully everything animates and comes together as this whole cohesive thing.
In terms of we got to that point, I think it’s interesting because you know, looking at Sims 1 to Sims 3 as the franchise has progressed the graphics got more and more realistic with each one and I think with The Sims 4 we finally got to the point where if we continue to kind of push down that direction, you get into this area where you kind of start to experience that uncanny valley effect with your Sim and everything looks a little too like real life and you start to get this strange disconnect where some of the past humour and silliness of the Sims franchise would look strange in that concept. So very early on it was a conscious decision to go in a slightly different direction in the art style for The Sims 4 and really we couldn’t be happier with the result. But I think it’s an absolutely beautiful world that they play in and the Sims look better than they ever have been before and especially once people start to get their hands on the game, I think we’ll see more and more of that.