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'The Sims 4' adds emotional, multitasking Sims

This undated publicity photo released by Electronic Arts/Maxis shows the video game, "The Sims 4." The fourth edition of Maxis' successful life-simulating game will include more expressive versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. (AP Photo/Electronic Arts/Maxis)This undated publicity photo released by Electronic Arts/Maxis shows the video game, "The Sims 4." The fourth edition of Maxis' successful life-simulating game will include more expressive versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. (AP Photo/Electronic Arts/Maxis)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Sims" BC-US--Games-The Sims 4are getting in touch with their feelings.

The fourth edition of Maxis' successful life-simulating game will include more emotional versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate.

This undated publicity photo released by Electronic Arts/Maxis shows the video game, "The Sims 4." The fourth edition of Maxis' successful life-simulating game will include more expressive versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. (AP Photo/Electronic Arts/Maxis)This undated publicity photo released by Electronic Arts/Maxis shows the video game, "The Sims 4." The fourth edition of Maxis' successful life-simulating game will include more expressive versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. (AP Photo/Electronic Arts/Maxis)

"The Sims 4" producer Lyndsay Pearson says the developers have focused on crafting more believable Sims who can perform multiple actions — like walking and talking — at once.

The sequel also will make it easier for gamers to build homes for their Sims by picking pre-designed rooms and plopping them together to create a house.

Pearson says "The Sims" franchise has now sold more than 170 million copies worldwide. The Electronic Arts Inc. people simulator is the best-selling PC game franchise in history.