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What is the release date for The Sims 5?

Release date: When is The Sims 5 coming out?

Many Sims fans are looking forward to The Sims 5, the fifth instalment of the successful simulation game The Sims. The Sims 4 is the latest instalment of the popular life simulator and was released on the 2nd of September 2014. However, we all know that this game is coming to an end. Considering that each Sims generation lasts for about 4 or 5 years, it could mean that the fifth generation will arrive quite soon already! In this article, we will talk about the possible release date.

The Sims 5 won’t happen if The Sims 4 fails

But first of all: will there be a The Sims 5 game at all? Grant Rodiek, a producer on The Sims 4, said – back in 2014, right after The Sims 4 came out – that the release of the fifth generation all depends on the success of the fourth generation. If that game fails to succeed in terms of sales, there won’t be a The Sims 5 game at all.

“We’re not working on Sims 5. We’re not thinking about Sims 5. If Sims 4 isn’t successful, there won’t be a Sims 5.” – Grant Rodiek

This statement resulted in a lot of anger, disappointment and sadness in the Sims community.

The Sims 5 release depends on success The Sims 4

Is The Sims 4 successful or not?

Grant Rodiek’s statement raises the question whether The Sims 4 is a successful game or not. There have been many discussions on this topic online, especially on the official The Sims forums. One of them is called “The Sims 4 is still a success”. Some other topics highlight the opposite, like “Is this enough proof that The Sims 4 is a flop?”. Both topics are a few years old by now, but the discussion about the success of this game continues.

Popular game news site Kotaku published an article (without a clear source for this claim and without any numbers to support this claim) in 2015 where it was claimed that:

“Neither SimCity nor the recent release of The Sims 4 performed very well, according to a person familiar with goings-on at the studio.”

Electronic Arts, on the other hand, doesn’t reveal any sales numbers publicly. Some fans are worried about the franchise because of ongoing rumors online. This resulted in many forum discussions on the official The Sims forum: “The Sims 4 has sold over 5 million copies”, “The Sims 4 has already sold 5 million copies” and “The Sims 4 sales figures”.

Rumor has it that 5 million The Sims 4 copies have been sold, which has been widely discussed in these forum topics.

Based on these forum discussions, it is difficult to say whether The Sims 4 is a successful game or not. ESA, which reports about sales of PC games sales, has listed the game twice as the top selling game in 2014 (which was also highlighthed by popular game news site GameSpot) and in 2015. Furthermore, famous site Digital Spy showed that in September 2014, right after The Sims 4 came out, it became the first PC game to reach the top of the Chart Track chart since 2012. This shows, to a certain extent, that the game actually is a successful based on sales. However, no numbers are included and digital downloads are not included either.

Some unreliable sources – which have been mentioned a lot in forum discussions – claim different sale numbers. VGChartz, for example, shows 3,6 million sales as of September 2017. However, this number doesn’t include digital downloads, which makes it unreliable. Another source, Wikipedia, shows that the game has sold 5 million copies. It is not clear whether downloads are included in this number or not. Moreover, Wikipedia uses a rather vague Twitter discussion by SimScraper and SimGuruNinja as the source for these numbers. Wikipedia also mentions that their sales list can never be seen as complete.

Another producer on The Sims 4, Lyndsay Pearson, joined the discussion on sales numbers. She said in the Brazilian tv show GloboSat the following:

“Yeah, it’s definitely more than that! We don’t really track specific numbers but there are millions of players who are playing The Sims 4.” – Lyndsay Pearson

In May 2017 Electronic Arts announced its quarterly financial results, showing that the monthly active users of The Sims 4 increased by 33% in the fourth quarter of 2017’s fiscal year, which is the period between January and April 2017. Forbes wrote about this too. These numbers show solid growth.

So when is The Sims 5 coming?

If we’re looking at the release pattern of earlier Sims generations, it is clearly noticeable that each generation lasts between 4 years and 7 months and 5 years and 3 months total. We at DownloadSims5.com made a simple calculation. If we look at the months between each generation (55 months between The Sims and The Sims 2, 56 months between The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, and 63 months between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4) and calculate the average duration of each generation, the average lifespan becomes 58 months. The Sims 4 came out on the 2nd of September 2014. Adding 58 months to this could mean that The Sims 5 will be released in July 2019.

Possible release date The Sims 5: July 2019

However, it doesn’t seem likely that Electronic Arts and Maxis will release The Sims 5 in the middle of the summer. Based on our overview, it is clearly visible that most Sims games were right launched before or after summer.

It seems very likely that the fifth generation will be launched somewhere between June and September 2019. We’re expecting at least a digital download version of the game and perhaps a physical version too.

GenerationRelease dateDays between generationsMonths between generations
The Sims4th Feb 2000
The Sims 214th Sep 20041684 (between The Sims 1 and 2)55 months
The Sims 32nd Jun 20091722 (between The Sims 2 and 3)56 months
The Sims 42nd Sep 20141918 (between The Sims 3 and 4)63 months
The Sims 52nd Jul 2019* (estimated release date)1764* (estimated days between The Sims 4 and 5)58 months* (estimated months between The Sims 4 and 5)

We’ll just have to wait until Electronic Arts and Maxis officially announce the game! We do think that The Sims 5 is in the works. Developing a game takes a long time! We can’t wait for the official announcement!

We will update this website as soon as we know more details.

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After the huge success of the earlier The Sims series, we’re getting ready for the fifth generation: The Sims 5! At this point, many things remain unclear about this game. But one thing is for sure: The Sims 4 will come to an end, whether it is in 2018, 2019 or later.

But… will there ever be a The Sims 5 at all? We at DownloadSims5.com think so! However, The Sims 4 producer Grant Rodiek said in an earlier interview on the 6th of September 2014 the following:

“We’re not working on Sims 5. We’re not thinking about Sims 5. If Sims 4 isn’t successful, there won’t be a Sims 5.” – Grant Rodiek

Note that this quote is more than three years old. The Sims 4 is very successful and is one of the most popular simulations games ever! However, Electronic Arts and Maxis haven’t confirmed anything about The Sims 5 yet. It is very likely that the development of The Sims 5 has begun but there is, unfortunately, no evidence to be found. Everything remains a secret. But for how long?

We thought it would be nice to answer some frequently asked questions in order to clarify things:

When can I download The Sims 5?

The Sims 5 is not out yet, even though some fake sites are claiming this! There have been many discussions about the release date of The Sims 5. One thing is for sure: no one – at this point – knows exactly when the game is coming out.

However, we at DownloadSims5.com have done a little bit of research and figured out that there are about 58 months between the releases of each Sims generation. The Sims 4 came out on the 2nd of September 2014. Adding 58 months to this means that we can expect The Sims 5 somewhere around the 2nd of July 2019! As soon as we know the official date, we will update our site!

Where can I download The Sims 5?

It is very likely that the game will be launched as a digital download through official channels like Electronic Arts’ own game platform Origin, through other famous retailers, including Amazon, and through less-known web shops. We don’t think the game will be launched on other platforms like Steam.

Why should I download The Sims 5?

There are many reasons why you should download this game instead of buying it as a physical copy. For fans of physical copies, this might be a bummer. However, downloads are the future and there are many benefits. Here are some reasons why:

First of all, it is faster to download a digital game. No need to wait for post-delivery anymore and no need to go to a store to get a physical copy and wait in line. Digital downloads are usually also cheaper in comparison to physical games. This is because digital downloads don’t have a disc or box, don’t require storage and don’t need to be shipped to a store.

Digital versions are often on sale. There are discounts all the time, so you can save a lot of money depending on where you buy games. Furthermore, digital downloads save a lot of physical space. Now you can use your bookshelf for other stuff. Downloads are also easy to download and convenient. Moreover, many computers and laptops don’t have disc readers anymore and this will only become more common in the near future.

Downloading has another advantage compared to physical copies. Physical copies can be damaged, scratched or even broken over time. As such, many disc readers can’t read discs correctly. And what happens if you forget your disc, or lose it? Downloads are also better for the environment because no natural resources have to be used and shipping is not needed anymore. Digital versions are always accessible.

Finally, we’ve seen before that many Sims games, including Stuff Packs and Game Packs haven’t been launched as physical copies. It is very likely that this trend will continue, which means that in the future fewer Sims games will be sold physically.

Which versions of The Sims 5 will be available as download?

It is likely that The Sims 5 will be released in different versions, which was also the case for The Sims 4. Nothing is official yet, but we might get a Limited Edition during the first months after the release, as well as a Digital Deluxe Edition, Collector’s Edition or Premium Edition. It is also likely that all games will be available as digital download and some of them as a physical copy.

Many things about the upcoming game are unclear at this point. Will it be a free game with micro-transactions in it, or will it follow the classic structure: a base game with expansion packs, game packs and stuff packs? Will it be a physical game with CD/DVD/box or only a digital download through for example Origin or other web shops like Amazon.

Can I download Expansion Packs for The Sims 5?

Many Expansion Packs, Game Packs and Stuff Packs have been released for earlier The Sims generations, including The Sims 4. Will The Sims 5 have as many additions as The Sims 4? It is unclear whether Electronic Arts and Maxis are going to follow the same release-structure as The Sims 4 or not. However, many Sims fans have been asking for fewer packs with more content.

Regardless of Electronic Arts’ and Maxis’ plans, it is likely that there will be many expansions for The Sims 5 coming up on for example Origin, Amazon or on other game platforms and web shops.

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