commented on Here's why The Sims 4 won't have pools or toddlers
And eventually they'll admit the truth. Sims 4 was supposed to be always online and push social gaming like Simcity did, and was stream-lined and cut-down to accommodate it. However following the immediate and growing backlash to Simcity they decided to hurriedly re-tool the game to an off-line only experience but didn't have enough time to alter the changes they'd made. They admitted the year before that there were NO offline games in development, and one look at Sims 4, compared to Simcity's stream-lined, cut down gameplay, makes it obvious what their real plans were. It's basically Sims 1.5....stuck somewhere between Sims 1 and Sims 2 in both form and function (BASE Sims 1 and Sims 2).