Now you’re probably wondering: What on earth does this mean?
Well, it shows that it’s likely that Electronic Arts is planning on launching an official website for The Sims 5, just like they did with earlier generations. It also suggests that they are working on the next generation for real! That’s some exciting news, right?
We’ve also compared the registration details for TheSims4.com, and it shows the exact same details. It’s owned by Electronic Arts Inc. with its headquarters in Redwood City, California.
You may have noticed that there are rumors about The Sims 5 popping up all over the place. Many of them are just fake news. Sometimes we come across something that may not be fake. Our colleagues at Sims Community shared some very interesting news about the fifth generation!
PlayStation Magazine UK, the official PlayStation magazine, came up with a list of games that are expected to be released in the future. The interesting thing is that they have also listed ‘The Sims 5’, as you can see on the image below:
According to the magazine, the game will come to PlayStation 5 (PS5), as can be seen on page 29. However, this doesn’t mean that it will not be launched on PC, Mac, Xbox Series X or possible other platforms. PlayStation Magazine also mentions that Maxis and The Sims Studio will be responsible for developing the game and that Electronic Arts is the publisher.
According to PlayStation Magazine, we have to wait a bit more for the official release of the game, as it shows that it will take 12 months or more. They didn’t list an official release date, but it’s quite sure that it will not happen in 2020.
Usually there is about a year between the official announcement and the actual release of a new Sims generation. This would mean that the fifth generation will not be launched before the summer of 2021, simply because there hasn’t been an official announcement yet.
PlayStation Magazine also shared that The Sims 5 will include online features, such as interactions and competitions. This seems to be correct, as the CEO of Electronic Arts, Andrew Wilson, shared earlier in 2020 that the fifth installment will contain elements that are based on The Sims Online. Unfortunately, this game was shut down in 2008. But… maybe there is a chance that it will return?
For now, we just have to wait for the official announcement of the game by Electronic Arts and Maxis!
Our colleagues over at Sims Community recently discovered a new interview with Electronic Arts’ CEO, Andrew Wilson, who confirmed that EA is actually planning on releasing the next generation Sims game. Nothing more has been confirmed yet, but it is very likely that EA’s CEO Andrew is referring to The Sims 5!
And just to be clear: this is official information, not fake news!
During the Third Quarter of FY2020 earnings call, Andrew Wilson was asked if Maxis is planning on relaunching an online version of The Sims (comparable to The Sims Online, which was released in 2002 and was shut down in 2008). Andrew’s response to this question was rather interesting as he mentioned that “Maxis is continuously thinking about The Sims for a new generation and that features from The Sims Online will become a part of that experience ‘in the years to come’.”
Andrew also said that “although they will always stay true to creation, escape, motivations and more (hinting at some of the keywords of an offline game), that they are also about to embrace a new social experience such as social interactions and competitions (which were part of The Sims Online as well) in a Sims experience in the years to come.” This quote shows that EA and Maxis are seriously looking at adding multiplayer and single-player elements to the fifth generation.
Here is the full transcript of the interview with EA’s CEO. The video with the interview can be found below the transcript!
Any thoughts on relaunching an online version of the franchise given its large popularity? (which is a reference to The Sims Online)
Andrew Wilson (EA’s CEO):
Great question on The Sims! The Sims will be 20 next week. That Maxis team and the team that’s been a part of Maxis over the years continue to deliver unbelievably innovative and creative content for a constantly growing Sims community globally. As we think about The Sims – again, I reference the motivations of why we play the games – inspiration, escape, social interaction, creation, self-improvement, competition. Typically what The Sims has done is really focus on fulfilling the motivations and inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement and not necessarily focus as much as on social interaction and competition.
But a few things are in fact true over the years. One is that the Sims community continues to grow and with the broad of social platforms continue to connect with each other and share what they do – in and around the game they play. And we’ve seen that manifest in games like The Sims FreePlay, which was a more social experience for us. And we’re also seeing that the competition nature of The Sims is also rising and we’re seeing people compare and contrast. Not competition in an original sports sense, but how they create, and what they create, and how they use their imaginations, and what they’re able to build inside of these Sims universes.
As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – across platforms and a cloud-enabled world, you should imagine while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, motivations – that this notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many, many years ago – that they will start to become part of ongoing Sims experience in the years to come.
We are very excited. This is a game that really doesn’t have any competition in its category for delivering and fulfilling these motivations for players, and we think of the tremendous growth opportunities for us for many, many years to come.
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