When will The Sims 4 end? Perhaps not in 2021, yet

EA expects that The Sims 4 will have a strong year in 2021, according to the company's CEO.

While there are plenty of rumours (none confirmed) about The Sims 5 and its possible release date, it appears as if The Sims 4 will be with us for a while longer.

The fourth iteration of the popular simulation franchise has grown to have the largest player base for all editions of the game.

While there are many problems with The Sims 4, ranging from game bugs, babies not being ‘free’, burglars not existing (but The Sims 4 team did confirm they are constantly thinking about bringing burglars back) and still no #JusticeForBoneHilda (Plumbella™), the game certainly has some phenomenal staying power.

Snowy Escape, the tenth expansion pack for The Sims 4, will be released on 13 November 2020 with a pre-release patch updating the base game to add platforms to build mode and include sentiments to give more depth to Sims themselves.

In December, the game will also roll out a huge update to skin tones, adding over 100 new swatches and a slider for even further customisation.

The overall sentiment towards the new Snowy Escape expansion has been positive compared to some of the other packs The Sims 4 released this year. A trend EA will hope continues into 2021.

EA expects a strong 2021 for The Sims 4

Speaking on the release of EA's Q2 FY21 financials, CEO Andrew Wilson said that he certainly expects The Sims 4 to have a strong 12 months. In transcripts, he was quoted as saying:

Around the world, our multi-platform Sims community continues to grow, and our Sims 4 player base on PC and console is now the largest in franchise history.

The Sims 4 and Apex Legends show how we build great live services into strong ongoing businesses. This quarter we’ll launch our 10th expansion pack for The Sims 4, along with some important game updates that add even more cultural customization options for players.

In addition, Apex Mobile development will be complete in the new year and ready for launch in FY22. We also expect another very strong year for The Sims 4, a testament to the strength of that community as it enters the seventh year of live service.

The Sims 4 turned six this year and the franchise overall, 20. But both anniversaries were somewhat underwhelming in terms of their celebration. Whether EA means strong in terms of DLC or strong financially or both, well, we'll have to wait and see.

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Antoinette Muller
Antoinette is a recovering journalist. She's a multi-award winner and thinks it's strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she's playing as herself in The Sims.