During Electronic Arts’ Q3 FY20 earnings call, CEO Andrew Wilson hinted that The Sims 5 may indeed be on the cards.
EA is busy at work with one of its most-beloved franchises, The Sims. This real-life simulation video game is one of the best-selling video game series of all time.
With its latest installment of the Sims 4, a newer version of the game is inevitable. The only question is when will EA drop the game?
Single-Player And Multiplayer Mode
Wilson was asked about the possibility of launching an online version of The Sims given the hype towards the game. He hinted about how the next version of the franchise could indeed include both single-player and multiplayer components.
“Typically, what The Sims has done is really focus on fulfilling the motivations of inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, and not necessarily focus as much on social interaction and competition.”
There is a growing competition between players, but Wilson clarifies he’s not referring to competition in its traditional sense.
If anything, he points to how players compare and contrast their sim creations.
A quick visit to the online gallery or the Sims 4 subreddit will show various community-created content you could ever think of.
Players showcase their creative house builds, interior design efforts, and even take part in design challenges such as redecorating an abandoned school bus into a tiny home.
Wilson further hinted at what fans could expect in the next installment of The Sims:
“As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation across platforms and a cloud-enabled world, you should imagine that while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement motivation, that this notion of social interaction and competition – like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many years ago – will start to become part of the ongoing The Sims experience in the years to come.”
There’s also the idea of “a new generation across platforms”, sparking theories about what systems would TS5 land on.
A PC version is obviously a given, but it may also find its way on consoles (such as the new-generation Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5). Just like when TS4 was released on the PS4 and Xbox One upon release.
At this point, it can be confirmed how The Sims 5 is still in the conceptual, pre-production phase.
There’s been a steady flow of The Sims 4 downloadable content, most recently with the Tiny Living Stuff pack. Hence, the release of The Sims 5 may not be anytime soon.
The project may still be in its pre-production phase and may yet to start the proper stages of development yet.
Fans speculate that for the game to be created suitable for new systems, TS5 may drop sometime in 2023 or 2024, if not earlier. These are also purely speculations, though.
But TS4 was released six years ago in 2014. It’s only about time to be thinking about the next new installment and the future of the well-loved series!