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. In the sims 5 I really hope the sims plans on doing a little more with toddlers and babies. I mean when you have a baby irl you always carry them around with you, toddlers are always up your butt. Like theres no you time. in the sims 4 theres too much mee time. pregnancy isnt realistic at all. And as for the towns, I wish they had more options. either way sims is the best game around and ill be loyal no matter what. each game always upgrades somehow 😀

  2. I’m having a difficult time finding a place to make suggestions, or a “leave a comment/suggest an idea box” for The Sims 5, so this seems to be the place.

    I feel like the game would benefit from bringing back a “Direct Control” option like they did in The Sims 2 Pets. In The Sims 2 Pets they gave players the choice of the “Classic Control” and “Direct Control” options. At the the push of a button you were zoomed in and able to control each step your Sim took with the Left Stick/WASD Keys and could walk around and click on and interact with things and other sims.

    This would be especially awesome with a “Local Multiplayer / 2 Player Mode” option as The Sims 2 Pets did not have this like the original The Sims game, and was greatly emphasized by players and fans that it was missing a local co-op feature.

    I sincerely hope the developers take/have already taken this information into consideration, and we will see it in the next game in the series The Sims 5.

  3. I’m not a dog or cat fan; I want farm animals that one can relate to, one’s that provide milke, eggs, horses that can plow a field or provide tranportation; the world is made up of more than just pets and humans; a world with no other animals is a fabricated world where there’s no interaction with the planet we live on in reality. I like that some mods have created birds, fish, that can inhabit our homes, too. A grocery store where real organic food is sold, for home preparation is also a better reality, especially for those of us that can’t afford such a lifestyle for real.

  4. My biggest pet peeve with The Sims 4 is that they basically regressed because there were so many features lacking that were present in previous iterations. I have always been more of a builder, so you can imagine how upset I was back then and still am that they didn’t include a colour wheel and patterns. The swatches they present are very limited, and why the hell can’t you alter the bed linen without altering the bed frame?! You could do that in The Sims 2, which was, incidentally, released in 2004. In essence, EA’s mission with The Sims 4 was so find ways to stifle your creativity, not unleash it.

    • Once I found out the original engine for TS4 was meant for mobile I understood why its so limited. EA being EA didn’t want to shelf it so that’s the main reason why we’re stuck with such a limited version. EA wants to milk TS4 as much as it can but it would’ve done better if they had just waited and started fresh but it’s a for profit company so that wasn’t going to happen.

  5. I honestly feel like the Sims5 will be to realistic and I would not like it. I feel like all the videos about the Sims5 are so different from one another, So I would like to a see a real Official trailer from EA, I honestly don’t like the idea of the sims 5.

  6. A lot of you are asking for improvements that are already there, if you aren’t happy with the progression of sims, the sims resource literally has thousands of mods wish modifies your Sim to your wildest dreams. I Think the biggest or the most exciting thing that could possibly be developed is the graphics, they always improve and I’m looking forward to having brain shock! By how realistic everything looks.

  7. Of the sims 5 comes out I think it’ll be more like 2022 rather than 2020 (watch plumbella’s visie she explains it wel). And I think that open neighbourhoods would be good so you could travel to your neighbours house but if you want to no to the gym or club you go through loading so the game doesn’t lag and more sims could be there when you arrive. I also think that you should be able to build multiple house on one lot. Like in England they have the connected houses and there those little house apartments (the places that are multiple houses on the same land plot with like multiple letter boxes out front) I think it would be good for this because it’d feel mire connected.

  8. I’ve been a fan since the very first Sims ever and totally get the loading screens being a pain. I would like to see yet another more mandatory connection within relationships. Per se, your sim’s pregnant .. choose a doctor & allow us to make appts. If your sim has a baby.. choose their pediatric or you’re a pet owner so choose your vet. Within the Spy/Detective career .. there should be ACTUAL sims WE can create that commit crimes (criminal career) and either get caught or don’t. You’ve hired BLANK BLANK as your lawyer and BLANK BLANK is going to be your judge that court day (add as event). Basically give us A REASON as to “WHY” we need to know the sims we know, other than relatives and gfs or bfs. Within those specific type of relationships there could be at least 2/3 special interactions for each. Don’t just make my dog all smelly & green, full of fleas ev 2 days w/o giving me the guilty trip of forgetting to take him to his monthly well-check LOL. Y’all got the calendar system figured out, so let us plan our appts. & set reminders on our S-phones. Long story, finale . . . allow me to have a REASON why I need to socialize with so & so. Realistically, I still feel that the Sims lack when it comes to character. And for god’s sake, if I’m gonna pay for a babysitter or gardener .. you should at least ALLOW me to choose WHO it should be. Same with a maid, if we can do it for parties we can do it for residence duties. Everything else is a plus for me. FIN

    • I’m shook. I never once thought of this but, now that I read it, I want this SO BAD! It makes so much sense. I rarely socialize with other sims or the NPCs and this idea would make it so much more meaningful and I’d probably actually want to spend time with other sims. Love it.

  9. I agree with everyone’s wishes on here…. I think in the near future maybe not with sims 5 but joining rockstar games and kind give the sims a grand theft auto world where you can move your sim around in a big city town or whatever and start off fresh from high school I believe that would make a awesome gameplay for the sims future along with rockstar games….

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