Neither Electronic Arts (EA) nor Maxis, the companies behind the successful The Sims franchise, have revealed any official information regarding a release date yet, but several hints suggest that the game is currently being developed.
This means 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 the fifth generation will be expected!
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 or 2020 yet. Why? Each time EA and Maxis announce a new generation, it takes about a year until the actual game comes to market. Considering that it’s 2020 already, it would mean that the game definitely won’t be launched before 2021.
We expect that The Sims 5 will be released somewhere between June-September 2021!
How did we come to this conclusion? Here are a few reasons:
Each Sims generation lasts for about five years
When 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 the table below). Knowing that The Sims 4 was released on September 2nd, 2014, this would mean that the fifth generation would be released in 2019 or 2020, but that will most likely not happen because the fifth generation hasn’t even been announced.
|Generation||Release date||Days and months between generations|
|The Sims||February 4, 2000|
|The Sims 2||September 14, 2004||55 months (between The Sims 1 and 2)|
|The Sims 3||June 2, 2009||56 months (between The Sims 2 and 3)|
|The Sims 4||September 2, 2014||63 months (between The Sims 3 and 4)|
|The Sims 5||June-September 2021*|
There are currently no signs pointing in the direction of a release in 2020, but it’s quite clear that The Sims 4 is getting closer to its lifespan. The game is almost 6 years old, which is older than each of the earlier generations.
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 or 2020.
It usually takes more than a year before a new generation actually gets launched after officially announcing it. The Sims 4 was announced on May 6th in 2013 and was released much later, on September 2nd in 2014. The Sims 3 was announced on March 19 in 2008, and was launched on June 2nd in 2009.
This shows that, even after announcing a completely new generation, it might still take up to 1,5 years before fans will be able to actually play it.
EA will continue to push The Sims 4 (a bit longer…)
EA and Maxis have announced that they are about to release several more expansion packs for The Sims 4 in 2019 and 2020. In the first six months of 2020, a new expansion pack, stuff pack and game pack will be released.
This suggests that both companies will continue to push the fourth generation in 2020 and that The Sims 5 will not be launched this year.
Besides that, 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.”
Guys. We aren’t done. I’m literally working with the team RIGHT NOW for YEARS out. Stop. Saying. We’re. Done. We. Aren’t. ❤️
I mean, just think of the stuff we haven’t made that we know you want! https://t.co/h0WTdeibSf
— Grant Rodiek (@SimGuruGrant) 26 mei 2018
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), the following was mentioned:
“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.” — Electronic Arts
However, it is not completely sure how many of the content drops will be launched for The Sims 4 on PC or Mac only, 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.” — Electronic Arts
This is another sign that shows that the fourth generation isn’t over yet.
Many 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, Get Famous, University and Island Living.
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 Farm Life.
Knowing that most packs have already been released 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.
A new AAA title 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. The text suggested that 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 described 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.” — Maxis
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 titles 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. Unfortunately, SimCity never returned after this flop. Paradox Interactive, a competitor of EA and Maxis, took over the crown after they launched Cities: Skylines. This game became a massive success.
One thing is for sure, Maxis needs to step up the game in order to avoid another flop. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it would make much more sense to continue working on a massively successful format: 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 in 2019 that Grant Rodiek “is still working on a number of important and awesome Maxis things.”
I want to welcome @SimGuruDuke to TS4! Joining us from TSM, he’ll be our Sr Producer for TS4! Don’t worry, @SimGuruGrant is still working on a number of important and awesome Maxis things. It’s going to be a great year for The Sims and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store!
— Island Lyndsay 🌴☀️🐬 (@SimGuruLyndsay) 30 april 2019
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.
Not about The Sims 4. Sorta like how former presidents often don’t chat about policy – I don’t want to get in the way of what Duke and the team are up to. Just isn’t appropriate. https://t.co/XLFjZ2rgeq
— Grant Rodiek (@SimGuruGrant) 30 april 2019
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 fifth installment.
Rodiek has also been involved in the pre-production and development of the third and fourth generation, so it is very likely that he is working on the development of the upcoming generation as well.
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 the fifth generation.
The first-ever Sims game was released on January 31st, 2000. What better way to celebrate this than to announce a completely new generation? We’re sure that EA and Maxis will be coming up with something big to celebrate this huge milestone!
Poll: When do you think The Sims 5 will be released?
Will 2021 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. Please be aware that there are a lot of rumors floating around everywhere, so be cautious.
Do you think The Sims 5 will be released in 2021? Or will it be 2021, 2022, or perhaps even later? Let us know what you think by voting below! Be sure to ask your Sims friends to vote as well.
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