Sims 5 release

One question comes back all the time: When will The Sims 5 come out? Neither Electronic Arts (EA) nor Maxis, the companies behind the successful The Sims series, have revealed any official information regarding a release date yet, but several hints suggest that the game is currently being developed. This could mean that it probably won’t take long before The Sims 4’s next iteration will see the light of day.

Continue reading to find out when we expect the release of the fifth Sims generation!

So… when is The Sims 5 actually coming out?

That’s a good question, and it’s definitely not an easy one to answer. One thing is for sure: the fifth generation will not be launched in 2019 yet.

We believe that The Sims 5 will be released somewhere between June-September 2020 earliest.

How did we come to this conclusion? Here are a few reasons:

Reason 1: Each Sims generation lasts for about five years

If we’re looking at the release dates of earlier Sims generations, it’s clearly noticeable that each Sims generation lasts for about 5 years on average (see table). Knowing that The Sims 4 was released on September 2nd, 2014, this would mean that the fifth generation would be released somewhere around June-September 2019, as most big Sims releases happened just before or after summer.

GenerationRelease dateDays and months between generations
The SimsFebruary 4, 2000
The Sims 2September 14, 20041684 days / 55 months (between The Sims 1 and 2)
The Sims 3June 2, 20091722 days / 56 months (between The Sims 2 and 3)
The Sims 4September 2, 20141918 days / 63 months (between The Sims 3 and 4)
The Sims 5June-September 2020*
(*expected release)

On the other hand, there are currently no signs pointing in the direction of a release in 2019, but it’s quite clear that The Sims 4 is getting closer to its lifespan of 5 years. However, EA seems to be moving away from the traditional release schedule, which suggests that the game does not necessarily have the be launched in 2019.

Besides that, it’s good to note that it usually takes more than a year before a new generation gets launched after officially announcing it. The Sims 4 was announced on May 6th, 2013 and was released much later, on September 2nd, 2014 to be exact. The Sims 3 was announced on March 19, 2008, and was launched on June 2nd, 2009. This shows that, even after announcing a completely new game, it might still take up to 1,5 years before fans will be able to actually play it.

Reason 2: EA keeps pushing The Sims 4 (a bit longer)

EA and Maxis have recently announced that they are about to release several more expansion packs for The Sims 4 in 2019. The Sims 4 Island Paradise will be available in June, followed by a Realm of Magic Game Pack and a Moschino Stuff Pack later this year. This indicates that both companies will continue with the fourth generation at least until the end of 2019 and that The Sims 5 will not be launched this year.

Grant Rodiek (one of the producers for The Sims 4, who recently moved to a new position in Maxis), mentioned the following in May 2018: “We aren’t done. I’m literally working with the team RIGHT NOW for YEARS out. Stop. Saying. We’re. Done. We. Aren’t.”

In February 2019, EA published its quarterly financial report. In this report, which highlights the upcoming plans for next fiscal year (FY20, which starts at April 1st this year, and runs through March 31st, 2020), it was stated that: “We continue to have strong expectations for The Sims going forward, and in FY20 we’re bringing at least 20 new content drops and expansion packs to our Sims games across PC, mobile and console.”

However, it is not completely sure how many of the content drops will be launched for The Sims 4 on PC or Mac, and how many of them will be proper expansion packs.

More recently, on July 2019, Electronic Arts announced a brand new look for The Sims 4. In an FAQ about the brand refresh, the following statement was written: “We will continue to invest in The Sims 4 so it remains fresh and relevant for years to come.”

Reason 3: Many of the most important expansion packs have already been released

Despite the fact that EA and Maxis will be pushing The Sims 4 for some more time, nearly all of the most popular and standard themes have already been released, including Cats & Dogs, Seasons, City Living, Get to Work and Get Famous. Besides that, numerous game packs and stuff packs have been released, covering the most popular topics. Right now, only a few popular themes are left, including University Life and Farm Life.

Knowing that most packs have already been brought out or will be coming soon, this could mean that EA and Maxis have already put extra resources on the development of a completely new game. This suggests that the fifth generation is on the horizon and that it will be launched sooner than we think.

Reason 4: Recruitment for a new AAA game has started, a new game is currently being developed

As you may have guessed, The Sims 5 is likely in development at this point. Another big hint which shows that EA and Maxis are currently working on something new and something big, is the fact that they published several job postings on their career website. In September 2018, a new interesting vacancy appeared online, where the text mentioned Maxis was looking for a Character Modeler for an “exciting new game in the best-selling Sims franchise.” It is very likely that the hint in this open position refers to the development of The Sims 5.

During the same month, EA and Maxis published even more interesting job openings for its offices in Redwood Shores, California. This is where Maxis’ The Sims studio is located. In one of the job descriptions, it was mentioned that Maxis was looking for a Senior Concept Artist to work on an early-in-development AAA title: “We are looking for a talented and experienced Senior Concept Artist to join a veteran team of developers working on an early-in-development AAA title at Maxis in our Redwood City location. This is an opportunity to help craft the initial vision for a new, innovative and immersive Maxis experience.”

What’s special about this vacancy, is that it shows that Maxis is actually working on a new AAA title. The term AAA (pronounced Triple A) classifies whether a game will get higher development and marketing budgets. AAA games usually cost a fortune to make, which suggests that the companies involved will be putting a lot of effort into developing it. Developing The Sims 5 will definitely cost a lot of money, that’s for sure! The fact that EA and Maxis are talking about an “early-in-development AAA game” and an “innovative and immersive Maxis experience”, suggests that The Sims 5 is already in development.

One important thing to note here is that Maxis hasn’t developed any other games other than The Sims 4 and The Sims Mobile over the last 5 years. This suggests, once again, that both job postings are focusing on a completely new installment in the Sims franchise (in other words: The Sims 5!).
It is also good to mention that Maxis has been responsible for developing all mayor Sims generations starting with The Sims in 2000, followed by The Sims 2 in 2004, The Sims 3 in 2009 and The Sims 4 in 2014. As one can see, it is very likely that Maxis will be working on the fifth generation as well.

Maxis has not released any successful games since 2003 other than Sims games and SimCity 4. Spore was launched back in 2008, followed by Darkspore in 2011, both of which flopped. SimCity 4’s successor, SimCity 2013 (also known as SimCity 5), flopped as well after a catastrophe of a launch. SimCity never recovered, unfortunately, especially after Paradox Interactive launched Cities: Skylines, a massively successful SimCity-like game.

One thing is for sure, Maxis needs to step up the game to avoid a flop. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it would make much more sense to continue working on a massively successful format, which is The Sims.

Grant Rodiek, who was the Lead & Associate Producer for The Sims 3 from September 2005 until November 2010, as well as the Producer & Senior Producer for The Sims 4 from 2011 until 2019, recently changed his role at Maxis as well. SimGuruLyndsay, the Executive Producer for The Sims, tweeted on April 30th, 2019 that Grant Rodiek “is still working on a number of important and awesome Maxis things.”

Grant Rodiek himself confirmed that he will not be talking about The Sims 4 anymore because he believes that it’s “just isn’t appropriate” to talk about the game after he changed his role. “I don’t want to get in the way of what Duke and the team are up to”, says Rodiek in a tweet.

Given that Rodiek moved to a new project within Maxis, and Maxis hasn’t brought out any other games than The Sims 4 and The Sims Mobile over the last few years, this suggests that he has joined the team that is responsible for developing The Sims 5. Rodiek has also been involved in the pre-production and development of the fourth and third generation, so it is very likely that he’s working on the development of the upcoming generation as well.

Reason 5: 2020 is The Sims’ 20th anniversary

2020 will be an exciting year, as it is The Sims’ 20th Anniversary! This would be the perfect occasion to announce and launch the fifth generation. The first-ever Sims game was released on January 31st, 2000. What better way to celebrate this than to launch a completely new generation? We’re sure that EA and Maxis will be coming up with something big to celebrate this huge milestone!

What do you think: When will The Sims 5 be released?

Will 2020 be the year in which we will finally be able to play The Sims 5? Let’s hope so! Until then, we have to wait for the official announcement.
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