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The Sims 5: release date speculation, platform predictions and latest news

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

Published: Monday, 17th January 2022 at 5:36 pm

The wait continues for the release of The Sims 5 and despite many of us thinking we would have it by now, we still have very little information on what to expect – including regarding the launch window.

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The last game in the ever-popular series, The Sims 4, was released back in 2014 so eagerly awaiting the next one is understandable. But alas, there has been no big news on it for some time.

But The Sims 4 is still going strong and the Cottage Living expansion has been even more fun than we had thought it would be – that release being recent should give you an idea of how far off Sims 5 could be.

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

When is The Sims 5 release date?

The Sims 5 release date has not been confirmed yet, and it does not sound like one is imminent, so we would not expect to see a new Sims game released this side of late 2022

We could be waiting even longer than that given that the current focus is on The Sims 4 Cottage Living and other expansions to the pre-existing Sims game.

At least we know that a future Sims game is in active development, so we should hopefully get some updates on it soon. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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 and making this franchise a single-player and multiplayer experience is an enticing one.

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