The Sims 4 levels up the emotion with new SmartSim (update: can play offline)

The next installment in Maxis’ life-simulating game, The Sims 4, will feature a new technology called SmartSim to "create and control a new generation of Sims," EA announced at its Gamescom 2013 press event today.

Demonstrated by Rachel Franklin, VP executive producer, SmartSim will make it "easier and faster" for players to create homes exactly how they want through the option of selecting pre-designed rooms and crafting them together to create a house. Decor will have an effect on Sims emotions and feelings.

In the Create-a-Sim feature, Sims will feature 18 touch points, players can write on Sims faces and bodies, and customizing characters "is like playing with clay" due to the ability to sculpt custom faces and physiques. In the latest installment due to arrive next year, players can also control the way the characters walk and Sims will also have new places to  "WooHoo" (get amorous). To see the The Sims 4 in action, be sure to watch the trailer below.

Update: The Sims 4 require an EA/Origin account to install the game, but users will be able to play the game offline once installed.

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