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Despite The Sims series reaching 20-years-old next week, the Maxis’s remarkable series has shown no signs of slowing down, that’s according to EA’s recent earnings report.
The Sims 4, the most recent iteration released in 2014, has been reported to have achieved 20 million players on all platforms as shown in the latest document. While this does not actually add to total sales, as the game is included on the EA’s Origin Access subscription on PC and EA Access service on consoles, it nevertheless demonstrates the game’s enduring presence.
The Sims 4 is the longest-running title in Sims history, hitting its sixth-anniversary milestone compared to the five-year post-launch support from The Sims 2 and 3. Nevertheless, its memorable moment in the sun will come to an end soon, as EA CEO Andrew Wilson has indicated that at some point in the future the game would receive a next-gen installment.
During an audio recording of Sims Community’s latest earnings call from EA, Wilson reveals that Maxis is continuing to “think about The Sims for a new generation,” referencing recent advances in technology, like cross-platform play and the cloud to extend your neighborhood with other players. As a prime example of where the series can be going, he specifically mentions the long-since-dead The Sims Online, which shut its doors in 2008, additionally reiterating their focus remains on “social interactions and competition.”
We’ve understood Maxis has been experimenting with a new game since at least September 2018, when Sims Community revealed job listings for talented artists to work on “an early-in-development AAA title” which “required research on characters, fashion faces hair and cloth. While that description may have been for anything, many believe it to fit the brief perfectly for The Sims.