EA revealed the first official trailer for the fourth installment of their wildly popular Sims series at their Gamescom conference today. The Sims 4 will bring a variety of features, though the focus appears to be on the new emotions Sims can experience. There are many ways to affect a Sim's emotions, and the outcome of a social situation can greatly change depending on how a character is feeling.
Lyndsay Pearson, the game's lead producer, led fans of the series through an example of how these emotions can affect gameplay. Her scenario featured two male Sims fighting for the affection of a female character. Violin music sends one into depression, while the other man is made furious via voodoo doll. In the end, the first character overcomes his sadness and becomes flirty with the girl he's after. He takes her to see his rocket, which is strangely not a metaphor, leaving the cranky loser alone to stomp around his apartment.
This is just one example of how emotions can add a whole new level of depth to the Sims franchise. Players can have a Sim take their anger out during an exceptional workout, or use their home's décor to alter the mood. A character's emotions can affect those around them, giving the Sims new ways to interact and play off of each other. With this added focus on personality, it's no wonder the tagline for The Sims 4 is “come to life”. Sims 4 is set to release sometime in 2014.