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When is The Sims 5 released? Platforms, UK release and latest news

Everything we know about the return of EA's iconic series.

Sims 5

The Sims 5 has been a topic of discussion for quite some time now, with fans of EA’s life simulator franchise starting to get very hungry for a new instalment.


After six years of expansion packs for The Sims 4, which have taken our digital avatars everywhere from university to a career as a social media influencer, the Sims is due to get a full numbered sequel anytime now.

So practice your Simlish and prepare to recreate your home all over again, as the best-selling video game series with no discernable goal enters the next generation.

Here’s everything we know about the next chapter in EA’s simulator series.

When is The Sims 5 release date?

There’s no release date for The Sims 5 just yet, but a 2021 release is what we’re hoping for. That being said, considering that EA is yet to formally announce the game, perhaps 2022 is a more realistic bet. As soon as we find out more, we’ll be sure to update this article and let you know when The Sims 5 is coming.

What consoles and platforms will The Sims 5 be available on?

Like its predecessors, The Sims 5 will almost certainly be cross-platform eventually, including a likely release on PS5 and Xbox Series X. As is usually the case, an initial PC release could be the first thing that happens, with players on Windows 10 computers often being the first people to try out each new version of The Sims.

Players who prefer Apple devices will hopefully be able to play The Sims 5 on Mac, which seems probable, considering that The Sims 4 did get a Mac release. The only people who might miss out are gamers on Nintendo Switch – to this date, The Sims 4 has not launched on Switch, which makes it seem very likely that The Sims 5 won’t come out on Switch either.

Rumoured gameplay changes: What is The Sims 5 about?

You probably know how this one works by now – The Sims is essentially a life simulator, in which you create digital avatars and control every aspect of their life from their house and job to the smallest detail of their lives.

As a brand new numbered entry, The Sims 5 will not only have improved graphics but a bucketload of new features. Not much is known yet, but the game has been confirmed to have online features – meaning you’ll be able to visit your friend’s creations for the very first time. There is also hope that content cut from The Sims 4 will return in this sequel, including an open world, vehicles and full neighbourhood customisation.

Other rumours suggest that we could see a story mode coming to The Sims 5, which would allow players to follow a tailor-made narrative path through the game. For newcomers and people that are never sure what to do with their Sims, that would be a handy addition for sure!

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