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 2021, ten expansion packs, nine game packs, and eighteen 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.

On top of that, in 2018 a lot of new job listings were published on Maxis’ official Careers Page, giving clear hints that a new game was starting development. About a year later, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed in an interview that Maxis is planning a whole new generation of The Sims, possibly featuring both single and multiplayer gameplay.

So the release of The Sims 5 is not only speculation, but a 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 2022. Why so? Keep reading to find out.

The Sims 5 Release Date

There is no official release date for The Sims 5 as of January 2021, so we can only make an educated guess. We’d like to begin by analyzing this pattern followed by previous releases:

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  8 and counting  19 and counting
 The Sims 5  2022?  –  –

As we can see in this table, every new game of The Sims has been milked longer than its predecessor. We expected The Sims 5 to be released by now, but it seems EA doesn’t plan on stopping the development of new expansions for The Sims 4 just yet.

So why do we believe The Sims 5 will come out on late 2022? For two main reasons:

  1. We know that an AAA game takes four to five years to develop, longer if the game is being developed in a new engine, which is the case. As we stated earlier, Maxis began hiring new talent in 2018, so we place the beginning of development around that time. Four to five years from then will happen in 2022.
  2. EA hasn’t officially announced the development of The Sims 5. The announcement of a new video game typically happens one year before its release. So we discard the release of The Sims 5 happening in 2021. However, announcing a new game could reduce the sales of new expansions for The Sims 4, so it’s possible the time between the announcement and the actual release is shorter.

We think the development of The Sims 5 will take at least five years because of the increasing complexity of each game. With every release of The Sims games 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 we hope it’s progressive aging), it will take time to develop.

On top of that, during 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. (Let’s stay positive guys).

With all of this taken into consideration, we expect The Sims 5 release date will take place around late 2022.

148 COMMENTS

  1. I like most of the suggestions… more interactions with the babies are a must, and you should be able to walk around with the infants, push the in strollers and take them for walks…

    Being able to get in the vehicle of your choice and drive to your destination would be awesome.

    Having an actual school for the kids and tee s and a daycare… with careers to match… also, teens should be able to apply for college. They should also be able to graduate from high school.

  2. I think adding to sims 4 is way more important than sims 5, I still go back and play my sim 3 to drive cars and ride horses, sims 4 is good but not great. I have been playing since 2010 and there is enough issue with updates and lack of add ons that until you reach the great level you should not be expanding to 5. If you had a reward program and 5 expand on 4 that would be better. I won’t get 5 until I get everything from 3 upgraded to 4, then 5 should have everything from 3 and 4….. Just saying

  3. I want the sims 5 to be on the ps5 and i want there to be mods on the sims 5 console because it’s unfair how they have it on the pc and not the PlayStation games.

  4. I want there to be a colour weel like the sims 3 more hairstyles cars and everything you can get in the game not just buying packs.

  5. I want it to be were you can pick up babies from their crib not just do basic interactions with them. And like put them on the floor like the sims 3.

  6. The pandemic has put a serious wrench in any plans. While the developers can still work, big release parties are a no-go. Also with so many having last their jobs and the economy being at best unstable, releasing a new game is not a safe bet right now.

  7. They said that unlike last Sims games, you can’t go by past dates. People forget that Sims4 is different in that it’s basically bought and downloaded fully online and updated that way. They don’t use discs any longer. Also, early 2020, they plainly said on Twitter that Sims4 had years of life still left in it. I’m not a Sims 4 supporter, because I loved open world on the Sims 3. They do have placeholders on games like PlayStation 5, but that’s all it is.

  8. I think on sims 5 they should have everything mods and custom content on the game and can be available for all console and ios and laptop and tablets

  9. But do we really need Sims 5? Couldn’t they just focus on making Sims 4 better with updates and new games. I’m clearly no expert but I’m personally fed up of having spent money on building up a game base on one version to then have a new one coming out and have to start over. Clearly I’m not forced to do this or buy the next one but I will end up doing this and they’ll have more money off me and I’ll stop playing Sims 4 more and more and I’ll have wasted hundreds of pounds. Just focus on making Sims 4 what you want it to be!

  10. Hi, if we do have a Sims 5, I would like to see sims with disabilities. Their levels of need would range all the way from those who have very little trouble with verbal communication, to those who are completely unable to communicate in any way, shape, or form. From those who need one on one assistance with feeding, personal hygiene, dressing, or other basic self care needs, to those who are independent with even the most advanced self-care activities. From those who can be left alone for an unlimited amount of time, to those who can not be left alone for even one second. From those who need a wheelchair to get around, to those who can walk very well independently. From those who find it very difficult to read, write, or learn basic academic functions, to those who can handle even the most advanced academic skills. From those who need a hearing aid, to those who have very sensitive hearing. From those who are completely blind, to those who are able to see very well. From those who find it very difficult to connect with the sims around them (or are simply very introverted), to those who enjoy socializing with other sims, and are good at making and keeping friends, but struggle with knowing what is appropriate and when. From those who can function easily in even the most highly skilled employment settings (such as medical, law enforcement, veterinary, journalism, culinary, business, entrepreneurship, conservation, engineering, film, music, art), to those who find it difficult to handle even the most unskilled jobs (such as factory worker, farmhand, grocery bagger, cashier, food service worker, workshop employee, etc.).

    I would like my sims to be able to have disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Bipolar, Intellectual Disability (borderline, mild, moderate, severe, and profound), hearing impairments (hard of hearing), visual impairments, auditory processing, sensory integration disorder, dyslexia, etc.

    I would like my sims with disabilities to have ALL of the same traits as sims without disabilities. The reason for this is because I have Autism Spectrum Disorder (very mild, little to no delay or difficulty with verbal communication, cognitive skills, or interating with others, although I do have trouble knowing what is appropriate and when), and I feel like having a disability should never define who you are as a person, or what personality traits you can have. And just as with sims without disabilities, I would like to be able to choose all of the traits of my sims with disabilities.

    I would also like to see career options such as special education (this can even be added as a branch of the education field), occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, behavioral therapy, physical therapy, psychology, psychiatry, job coach, or other careers working with sims with disabilities.

    Another thing I would like to see is the ability to build private day schools right in the neighborhood. I would like to be able to build private schools for students with disabilities, private schools for gifted children, private schools with a special focus, private schools for special learning styles (ex. hands-on, auditory, visual, multisensory).

  11. Why don’t you add the Arabic language in the game, the Arab people are very big, and the game is terrible, but we cannot understand it. We fear like Arabs

  12. I think sims 5 will come out when the PS5 comes out !! They said PS5 will come out towards the end of the year so I am thinking around Christmas! So I think when PS5 comes out so will Sims 5 I hope !!

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