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The Sims 5 Could Be Revealed 'Very Soon'

The Sims 5 Could Be Revealed 'Very Soon'
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Written by 

Tom Chapman

Posted 

16th Sep 2022 16:09

Start practicing your Simlish because it sounds like The Sims 5 could be moving into the neighbourhood sooner than we thought. It's been a whopping eight years since Maxis unleashed The Sims 4 into our lives, and although that cash cow is still being milked for all its worth, that doesn't mean the developer isn't working on what comes next. 

The Sims has been a staple of the PC (and later console) scene since 2000, but with each new entry, the gap between games has been growing. Despite just four years between The Sims and The Sims 2, there was five between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. Even by those standards, The Sims 5 is long overdue... but not for much longer.

Is Maxis Working On The Sims 5?

Buried in the recent announcement that The Sims 4 is going free-to-play, there was a mention of the franchise's future at the upcoming Behind The Sims Summit live stream. You might not expect The Sims to get its own showcase on a par with God of War Ragnarok, but we'll definitely be tuning in on October 18. 

Speaking on his latest Game Mess Mornings stream, industry insider Jeff Grubb claimed that The Sims 5 could be announced very soon. Explaining what Maxis is up to behind the scenes, Grubb said, "Sims 5 is also coming. At this thing next month, they almost certainly will announce it then – the announcement is coming soon, and I've heard it's likely next month. Expect to hear about The Sims 5 soon."

Even if we get an October announcement though, The Sims 5 is likely taking the route of Grand Theft Auto 6 and playing the long game. "Do not expect to be playing it soon," added Grubb. "The game is still a very long way off apparently." This is a cryptic tease of what's to come, but "a long way off" isn't exactly hopeful that The Sims 5 will be going for Game of the Year 2023. 

 

What's Next For The Sims?

Despite a continued flow of content, there's a bit of a Sims-shaped hole in our lives. Grubb concluded, "These jumps from the numbered sequels are always a rough time for them because they're going from having all of the content in the universe to stripping it back down to the basics and then building back up over time." It's true that we've had the recent High School Years DLC that added puberty and body hair into the mix, while the team has promised it will continue delivering updates for the foreseeable future.
Grubb mused about how EA drops all these features and then tries to sell them back to you in the next generation. Whether that money-making model will still work remains to be seen. The Sims set the precedent for simulation games, and even though there have been complaints about a lack of diversity and representation, it's legacy is unsurpassed. To be honest, you could probably give us a revamped version of the OG Sims and we'd still pay through the nose. 
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