The first sims game ever, 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, four 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 a total of 21 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 early 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 January 2018, 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  2000  3  7
 The Sims 2  2004  4  8
 The Sims 3  2009  5  11
 The Sims 4  2014  4 and counting  9 and counting

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 2018, 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 expansions to this 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 early 2020 and not 2019? 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 early 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:

2000  2004  2009  2014 2020

21 COMMENTS

  1. The Sims 3 to the future premiered in October 2013 and the sims 4 came out in September 2014. I also remember that The Sims 4 was announced even though the dlc of The Sims 3 Adventure on the island had not come out. All this means that perfectly The Sims 5 can be announced at the end of this year and its premiere at the end of 2019

  2. I m a sims fan, there are something’s i don’t like about all the games, but sims is sims and I love the sims game. All I ask for is to make the sims 5 an open world and let the families be able to move out into their own homes where they can go visit each other and have family to come visit them. It’s no fun having everyone live in the same house. Let the families grow up and move out like sim 2 game and still interact with each other.

  3. Only thing I hate about The sims 4 I hate they need because it seem like you can’t play the game because they have to go to the bathroom or they hungry and you can’t get anything done so I wish that you would change that

    • There is a mod called MC Command Center that lets you tweak a lot of options. If you feel like the days are too short, you can make the time go slower with this mod! Then you will have plenty of time to do all you want in a day.

    • The sims speak “Simlish”, it is a made-up language. The dialogue is in English, I think it would be weird if they were to speak English after 20 years of not..

  4. I want an open world and a colour weel for hair. I want cars Because they don’t have cars in the sims4 which really sucks.

  5. I love all the sims games. I just wish u guys make urbz sims in the city 2 or the sims busting out 2 or the sims 4 castaway. Or make the game that u can go inside there work or have kids that have math clubs in there school. Put college in the sims games. Make Alien in the game in the sims. The sims 4 medieval or the sims medieval and pirates. I have so many ideas wat u can make sims. Make the teens gets pregnant in the game.

  6. I never want them to ever to stop making the sims games. I love playing the game. I want the sims 6 and the sims 7 and the sims 8. I plays sims 4 all the time on my ps4

  7. I never want them to ever to stop making the sims games. I want the sims 6 and the sims 7 and the sims 8. I plays sims 4 all the time on my ps4

  8. I want roads and I want the sims 5 to add height groups. I don’t want a loading screen that takes a long time to visit places. I want there to be more world that you can visit.

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