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The Sims 4 Adds Toddlers, Vampires Coming Soon

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More than two years on from release, Maxis continues to expand The Sims 4, adding the toddler life-stage to the game as part of a free update earlier this week and announcing more content for the near future.

The update, which has been available since January 12, adds toddlers as a stage between babies and children and brings with it a slew of new interactions, animations, clothing options, and objects. As expected, the overwhelming majority of these additions apply to the toddlers, though some are reserved for more grown up Sims, including the ability to teach and bond with the toddlers. The developers released an adorable video introducing toddlers, which is embedded below.

The lack of the toddler life stage, alongside basements and pools, at the game’s launch was heavily criticised, as they had been baseline features in previous iterations. Maxis defended the cuts at the time, saying that the studio’s resources had been directed down other avenues, such as the game’s revised building tools and new emotions system.

In addition, the studio also announced a new game pack, which will add vampires. Set to release on January 24, this pack will be paid DLC and will add a new playable region, called Forgotten Hollow, which will adhere to a Gothic aesthetic. Furthermore, the ‘Vampires Game Pack’ will include new outfits and objects to fit the theme. Finally, vampiric Sims will have specific needs, as well as powers, including the ability to disguise themselves in various forms. A glimpse at these new options can be seen in the trailer below.

The work that Maxis has put into The Sims 4 since release is commendable, particularly given that some of the most requested content has been released free of charge. Unfortunately, several of the paid updates, like the base game, have been received less favourably than those of previous iterations.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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