May 6, 2013
The Sims Goes To Four
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
While Electronic Arts and Maxis returned to SimCity this year with the fifth release in that series, fans of The Sims can now expect a new game next year. On Monday, EA announced a new version of The Sims was in the works for release on the PC and Mac.
“Today we are revealing to our top fans the fact that The Sims 4 is coming to PC and Mac in 2014. The Sims franchise is fueled by the passion and creativity of its millions of fans around the world. Their continued devotion to the franchise ignites the fire of creativity of the team at The Sims Studio, driving them to continually improve and innovate on one of the world´s most successful simulation games that has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide,” the company posted on its website, while promising more information would be revealed.
It is also being reported The Sims 4 might avoid some of the stumbles that greeted the launch of SimCity when it arrived in March. EA´s classic city-building game was met with numerous server issues, which may have been, in part, a result of the company requiring an always-on connection. Following the release of the game in early March, many players could not access the game because the company´s servers were overloaded.
Venture Beat confirmed on Monday The Sims 4 will not require an online connection.
“I can confirm that The Sims 4 is a single-player offline experience,” Maxis spokesperson Charlie Sinhaseni told GamesBeat.
This is the first fully-fledged sequel to the popular life simulation series since the release of The Sims 3 in 2009. There have been nearly a dozen expansions, including The Sims 3: University Life, which also arrived this past March for the PC and Mac.
Even with a new version of The Sims on the way, EA will reportedly continue to support The Sims 3, and is expected to release Island Paradise, Dragon Valley and Movie Stuff expansion packs in the coming months. Island Paradise will allow players to build and manage a tropical resort, live on a houseboat and even go deep sea diving; while a Survival Pack will be provided to pre-order customers and include items to survive on a desert island.
The recently announced Movie Stuff expansion is slated for a September release and will include movie-themed dÃ©cor, such as furniture and clothing from horror films and westerns.
The cartoon simulation has been one of the biggest hits for Maxis/EA since it arrived in 2000 from SimCity creator Will Wright who has since moved on to other projects. In the game, players create avatars that have realistic needs and desires and it is up to the player to work to meet those needs and keep their “Sims” happy.
Despite the fact The Sims 3 will live on — at least for now — EA did announce it would shutter three of its Facebook games on June 14. These reportedly include: Sim City Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society. Players are being encouraged to spend all their in-game currency in advance of the closure of these games. This announcement comes after EA decided to shut down other Facebook games.
Thus even with Sims there can be the end of the line.