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 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:
- 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.
- 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.