First of all, for those who don't know, DLC stands for "Downloadable Content" (In Sims 4, this includes expansion packs, game packs, stuff packs).
I keep seeing posts around the forums by people suggesting that toddlers could (or even "should") be included in some kind of pack. But, what many people aren't realizing is that the idea isn't realistic or practical. It's definitely possible (and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if EA did decide to release them that way), but, if toddlers are released in some kind of pack, that's all the content we will ever see for toddlers. Most people are suggesting some kind of "Generations" expansion pack.
People don't realize that toddlers being included in a pack means all their content would be tied to that single pack and nothing else. This creates a huge problem for future possible packs the developers might release. If this were the case, then toddlers would need to have enough content in that pack alone to last for the rest of The Sims 4. This includes outerwear (in case 'Seasons' is ever released), the option to create supernatural toddlers (if 'Supernatural' ever comes out), etc. Including toddlers in a pack would be pointless.
Toddlers should be patched in for free with basic content (like cribs, high chairs, potty chairs, toys, etc) and features (like learning to walk, learning to talk, etc). Then the gameplay can be further expanded in an expansion pack (probably 'Generations'). The patch would need to be pretty big, but it's only fair and practical for EA to do this. The fans shouldn't be the ones having to pay money for content that should've been included in the base game to begin with. Sims 2 and Sims 3 each had toddlers in their base games. The fact that Sims 4 lacks them is NOT acceptable. We don't even have a logical reason why they were removed. In fact, toddlers were indeed originally confirmed to be in the game while it was in development, but they were removed at last minute.
This is how I see toddlers being released:
An announcement of an upcoming 'Generations' expansion pack is released. Prior to the release of that pack, we get a patch for the game that contains toddlers (with the basic content and features that should come with them). Every expansion pack so far has had some kind of patch that brings a decently large feature into the base game (for 'Get To Work', we got basements. for 'Get Together, we got groups). For 'Generations', I can see toddlers being patched in prior to release.
And honestly, if EA knows what's good for them, this would be a good decision to make. Not only would it be pointless to release toddlers as DLC, but it would outrage too many fans. They've already experienced enough backlash for lacking them in the first place. Making players who want them in their games actually pay extra money to have them would only add fuel to the backlash.
In my opinion, toddlers either need to be patched in or not put into the game at all. If EA decides to make us pay for toddlers if we want them, I'll officially be done with The Sims 4. I won't purchase any future DLC and would need to think twice about buying Sims 5 (if they ever create another game).
Also, for anyone who simply doesn't want toddlers in their game, just skip the life stage if it bothers you so much. Toddlers are a feature that has been included in both recent installments of the franchise. It's not fair for EA to suddenly remove them in The Sims 4. It would also not be fair to simply never give us toddlers because some don't want them.
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