Posted on August 29, 2013, Ian Miles Cheong The Sims 4 Has Weight Loss and Weight Gain, Fitness Modeling
Fitness will be an important facet of gameplay in The Sims 4, which allows its virtual inhabitants, known as Sims, to change their body shape through living experiences. This element is known as fitness modeling and has an actual impact on gameplay well beyond aesthetics.
“Sims can naturally change over time in the game. If they overeat they’ll become overweight. If they never exercise, they might become overweight. But if you eat healthily or eat properly or you exercise, your sims will lose weight,” said Maxis’s Grant Rodiek in an interview with PCGamesN.
Interestingly, or perhaps troublingly, Sims will react emotionally to changes in their body.
“We have the ability for them to be unhappy about their weight. It’s tricky with the emotional state being based on people’s weight. We want to make sure we’re not making a statement or telling people what’s right or wrong, but you can tell a story with those tools,” he said.
“We give you all the pieces you need to tell that story if you want to do that.”
“Your sims might react, like, when they get bigger you’ll notice they’ll look at themselves and react. How well we change their emotional state based on it, we don’t want to make a statement about things like that because that’s not our place to do that.”
At this point in time, it’s unknown what mechanisms the developer will be implementing into The Sims 4′s fitness modeling system. It wouldn’t bode well for gameplay if Sims suffered from perpetually low self-esteem if they weren’t deemed “fit” by the game.
The Sims 4 is slated for a 2014 release on the PC and Mac.