Following a report from last week that Maxis is currently working on multiple projects, parent publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has teased one of those projects to be a brand new Sims installment for next-generation platforms.
During an earnings call (via Sims Community) for the third quarter ended, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen was asked if there are any plans to relaunch The Sims Online from a decade back for modern-day audiences. He replied that Maxis is definitely thinking about The Sims for next-generation platforms.
In addition, there is an interest to combine online elements from The Sims Online with whatever the new Sims installment is called. That includes multiplayer features to connect every single player-created neighborhood in the world. Jorgensen also noted that incorporating such online features will allow a next-generation Sims to sustain growth as well as a brand new experience for years to come.
As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – cross-platforms and a cloud of a neighborhood world, you should imagine while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, motivations – that this notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many many years ago – that they will start to become a part of The Sims experience in the years to come.
Should The Sims 5 (placeholder title) be in development, many fans would love to see the new installment have a larger world to operate in, as well as having no loading screens at all, something that both next-generation consoles are offering as features to developers. Something else of interest is that EA has published a new Sims game every four or five years. The Sims 4 was released back in 2014, making it five years old in 2019. By that pattern, the next Sims should be releasing in late 2020 or early next year, around the launch of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
The Sims has sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling franchises of all time. Hence, it’s no surprise that Maxis (as well as EA) would be greatly interested in getting a brand new Sims prepped for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.