The first sims game, named simply The Sims, was released in February 2000. By March 2002, The Sims had sold more than 11.3 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling PC game in history at the time. Seven expansion packs and two deluxe editions later, The Sims was discontinued and Electronic Arts released the The Sims 2 in September 2004. For a period of 5 years, Electronic Arts released eight expansion packs and nine stuff packs for The Sims 2. Over 400 exclusive items were also released for this game via The Sims 2 Store.
Electronic Arts released The Sims 3 on June 2009. With this release, EA announced on April 2009 that Will Wright, who designed the original game, had left Maxis to pursue a personal project. Eleven expansion packs and nine stuff packs were released for the third generation of the series. It wasn’t until September 2014 that Electronic Arts finally released The Sims 4. As of January 2018, five game packs, four expansion packs, and twelve stuff packs have been released for the fourth generation of the series.
Will there be a Sims 5?
During the early days of The Sims 4, Maxis made it clear that they were focusing entirely on the success of The Sims 4 before even thinking about a next game. On The Sims official forums, producer Grant Rodiek stated 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.”
So now, a few years later, we can ask: Was The Sims 4 successful? The answer is yes. EA confirmed that The Sims 4 drove solid revenues and delivered excellent margins. With several downloadable content packs delivered throughout the years, as well as game updates that offered more choice and fan-requested features, The Sims 4 community is thriving. In addition, EA announced a new mobile version of The Sims in July 2017. We can assume they wouldn’t have invested in it if the game it’s based on was flopping.
So the release of The Sims 5 is not only speculation, but an eventual reality that holds the future of the franchise. Now people are looking forward to a Sims 5 release date and we expect it will come out in late 2020. Why so? Keep reading to find out.
The Sims 5 Release Date
So why did we start this post with the history of The Sims releases? Well, since there is no official release date for The Sims 5 as of December 2019, we can only make an educated guess. This is the pattern the previous releases have followed:
|Release Date||Years developing expansions||Number of complex expansions|
|The Sims 2||2004||4||8|
|The Sims 3||2009||5||11|
|The Sims 4||2014||5 and counting||9 and counting|
|The Sims 5||2020?||–||–|
There have been at least four or five years between each release of The Sims titles. We know that The Sims 5 will not come out in early 2020, because Electronic Arts would have already announced so. And we see that there have always been an increasing number of complex expansions with each release, so The Sims 4, with only 9 big expansions to date, is not quite there yet.
With all this information, we can conclude that there is a high chance that Electronic Arts will spend 5 or 6 years developing expansions for The Sims 4. And that there will be at least two more expansions for The Sims 4, possibly 3 or 4 more.
So why do I say The Sims 5 will come out on late 2020? For various reasons, but mainly because of the current popularity of The Sims 4, which gives opportunity for more expansions (let’s be honest, EA will try to juice The Sims 4 as much as it can), but also because of the increasing complexity of modern games. With every Sims release there has been a major technological advance: The Sims 2 featured a full 3D environment for the first time, The Sims 3 featured a truly Open World and The Sims 4 introduced the character creator with direct manipulation. So what will The Sims 5 bring to the table? Whatever it is (and I hope it’s progressive aging), it will take time to develop.
Furthermore, on the early days of The Sims 4, fans actively expressed their disappointment with some of the missing features that came “by default” on earlier games (such as pools and toddlers). It is likely, but not guaranteed, that EA will try to avoid this much bad publicity again, so the next generation should have more of the “expected” features from the start, which will also prolong the development.
With all of this taken into consideration, we expect The Sims 5 release date will take place around late 2020.
Not to mention this beautiful pattern, and the fact that 2020 will be the 20th Anniversary of The Sims, but we won’t know for sure until EA makes an official announcement: