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Paddling Ghoul: The Sims 4 Patching In Ghosts And Pools

The haunting squeal of an ethereal whoopee cushion.

Ghosts were missing from The Sims 4 at launch, but we all know that just because we haven’t seen a ghost, that doesn’t mean one’s not there. Going invisible is sorta their ‘thing’. Not seeing a ghost is almost proof that you have one. The Sims 4 definitely does now. Maxis made ghosts materialise with a ritual content patch yesterday, the first of three big free monthly content updates planned.

November’s patch will bring back swimming pools — dear murderous swimming pools! — while December’s update is set to add new career paths and rewards.

Like most ghosts, those in The Sims 4 pop into existence when someone dies. They’ll still have their old personality but also abilities and behaviours related to how they snuffed it. Ones who died from laughter might make nearby sims mirthful, while those got zapped can possess and short out electronics. Ghosts start as NPCs going about their afterlives, but can become playable, joining your Sims household, finding a job, and even getting married. Why not?

None more goth.

Oh, and yesterday’s patch added more eye colours too. And some Star Wars costumes. I don’t know. Look at the announcement. I don’t know.

“We’ve designed The Sims 4 to be a live service, so we can continually evolve the experience, add new content, and incorporate as much of your feedback as possible,” Maxis said yesterday. And apparently so they can add things they didn’t have time for. Previously, before launch, Maxis had explained the missing pools (and still-missing toddlers) by saying that their many ambitions meant “there would be trade-offs, and these would disappoint some of our fans.”

Pools are such an iconic Sims feature that Maxis would obviously add them to TS4 at some point, but it’s nice they’re not a paid add-on or part of an expansion pack. Their absence was not the only problem with The Sims 4, mind, going by Wot Richard Cobbett Thought. Now you’ve had a month to settle in, how are you finding it?

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