The Sims 4 has new Infants update, which definitely won’t lead to a slew of virtual child neglect. Honest.
The base The Sims 4 game, which went free to play a while ago, has added infants, meaning you can be just the worst parent. Sure, that’s not what EA/Maxis have in mind, instead stating that “… family members of all ages can nurture the Infant and watch as the little Sim grows.”
Previously, babies would age up to toddlers, but this update adds an additional interim infant stage. Infants will have to be nurtured, changed and so on, being unable to look after themselves. The update also adds infant-specific items such as a changing station and playmat, to ensure healthy interactions with infants.
You can also create an infant from scratch, using the Create-a-Sim feature to tweak their various traits. However, the way the child is treated will also have an effect on it’s development, as in the real world.
And if you just walk away? Maxis doesn’t specify the consequences – we’re assuming that, as with other ages, a social worker will turn up and take the baby away. Yes, we’re sounding a little cynical but this is a series where users have created mazes to torment their Sims. We’re not convinced these little ‘uns will be off limit.
The Infant Update is out now, free on all platforms. There’s also a related, paid expansion in the works, the Growing Together Expansion Pack. This will add Infant Quirks and more, and arrives on March 16th.
If you’ve not dabbled in The Sims 4, it’s free across PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Mac. And if you have, check out our list of the best expansion packs.