Of course, true fans can’t help but think of the next game even when they’re in the heart of the latest offering. And, while EA has remained mum on the subject of The Sims 5 and when it will be coming out or if, indeed, it is even in development, there are a few rumors out there on the grapevine that help give us some idea of when we can expect the latest game in the long-running series.
One reason it is so difficult to focus on the next game in The Sims franchise is because the game continually pumps out new content to keep longtime players satisfied. Yet there are still rumblings that not only is the next installment in The Sims on its way but also we have a rough time frame of when players can expect the next game to hit shelves.
Keep in mind that EA, for its part, has continually denied that The Sims 5 is even in development. The Sims 4 producer Grant Rodiek is quoted as saying, emphatically, “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.”
Currently, rumors on the street are pointing to a 2020 release year for The Sims 5 with the remaining expansions and downloadable content packs planned for The Sims 4 finally winding up by the end of 2019. This would largely fall in line with previous games which had similar lifespans. A major reason EA is moving quickly on the next The Sims game is because the franchise is a huge seller for the company – and ripe for revamp in the age of digital purchases and content. If there is any single game that could really help EA revamp its approach to online purchases and monetizable digital content, then The Sims 5 is the game for it.
Another thing that developers are taking into account when creating the next game is what the community is saying now about what they would like to see in the next The Sims. Of course, it’s everything under the sun and more but Games Radar honed in on a few specific features that gamers want in The Sims 5.
One of the biggest things that people want to see in The Sims 5 is open-world exploration options. It seems like this is a major theme in every game out there and The Sims 4’s limited exploration of it seems strange in hindsight. We’re sure EA is listening hard and that this is probably at the top of their list of implementations.
Along those lines, players would like improved transportation options as well as the ability to customize the world around them, not just their house. Games like Fallout 4, but on steroids, come to mind. Perhaps you could be a real estate developer Sim and part of that career would involve building new properties. The options are literally endless. As far as what EA will do the future will write that story soon enough.