What happened to the burglar in Sims? When The Sims 4 cut out the “Sneaky Sim”, Twitter users and Redditors reacted. Here are some of your burglar questions answered.

SimCity, The Sims, all the way to Sims 4

The games franchise has sold 200 million copies worldwide. SimCity kicked off in 1989 as a city-building simulation, but The Sims timeline didn’t start until 2000.

The Sims 2 came four years later, followed by The Sims 3 (2009) and The Sims 4 (2014). Since the release of The Sims 4, gamers have enjoyed nine expansion packs, including Cats & Dogs and Island Living.

A brief history of the Sneaky Sim NPC

Everyone who’s ever played The Sims – from the first iteration of the game through Sims 2 and Sims 3 – knows the burglar.

Also known as “Some Sneaky Sim”, the burglar is an NPC that sneaks on to a player’s lot, generally at night, and tries to steal their Sims stuff. Originally the burglar was male. But in Sims 2 and 3, burglars can be both male and female.

So, what about Sims 4? Where are the burglars in the most recent version of the beloved game?

What happened to the burglar in Sims?

There’s no definitive answer. However, a Sims Forum member known for “inside scoops” said it was because burglars might “trigger” sensitive players: 


Apparently somebody during design felt that, due to the nature of the Sims 4’s focus on the “home space lot”, a burglar invading said space could feel like a violation to players, including inducing anxiety and possibly trigger players who have experienced similar events


EA hasn’t confirmed this, however, and other commenters have pointed out the irony of this claim: “Ah yes, a game where you can drown children but burglars are triggering.” 

Twitter users and Redditors react

Some see the burglar’s absence as indicative of a wider problem with Sims 4. One Twitter user laments the lack of consequences in the game, stating: “It’s utopia – but in a boring way.”

A Reddit user posted the question to the Sims subreddit, which has 370,000 members or “Simmers”. Why is there no crime in Sims 4? 

They made the point that the City Living expansion, for example, would have been the perfect opportunity to inject a dose of grit and realism to the game. “I’m just missing those random events that can throw a curveball in the life of your sims.”

Fans of the burglar have made themselves known via Twitter by dressing up as the sneaky thief:

Speculation about the return of the burglar for the fifth edition of The Sims is rife. In theory, the burglar could also come back in a Sims 4 expansion pack.

That wouldn’t bind Maxis to retaining the character for the whole of the next generation of games. Instead, it would give them an opportunity to gauge the reaction of gamers. The idea has some vocal support. Will it happen?

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