Maxis and Electronic Arts announced The Sims 4 this morning, revealing that the next chapter in the popular life-simulation franchise will be released for the PC and Mac sometime in 2014.
A post on the studio’s website reads:
“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 game that has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.”
No further details about The Sims 4 were provided in the announcement, however, Maxis promised that more information would be revealed sometime later today.
The big question for The Sims 4 will undoubtedly be whether or not Maxis and EA are planning to go down the same road that they took the new SimCity, and make the game an always-on nightmare for customers. Here’s hoping that both the developer and publisher have learned a lesson over the last few months, and The Sims 4 is a much more consumer-friendly game.
As more official information about The Sims 4 is announced we will update this post with all the details.
[Update 1] Maxis has announced that The Sims 4 will be fully playable offline. The exact statement from the developer reads:
“The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans.”