On a slow news day (cough new game pack cough) and in a content drought, one of our favourite things to do is to trawl the EA job boards to see if there are any clues that might give us insights into what to expect from The Sims 4 in the near future.
While the job postings do not give much away, the often contain interesting bits of detail. Like this one from earlier in the year where knowledge of old architecture was listed as a requirement.
In the last few months, there have been a few new postings on the EA jobs portal which got us making those emoji eyes.
While Simmers are eagerly anticipating the launch of the new Sims 4 game pack, that will most definitely not the end of the road for the popular simulation game.
The future of The Sims 4: Lots more to come?
Much unfounded speculation has centred around the next instalment of The Sims franchise – The Sims 5. We know nothing about it at all, really. But many Simmers have been wondering how long The Sims 4 will still be around.
In 2020, Simmers were given a six-month road map which is now nearing its end. For many, it suggested that this would be the last year of The Sims 4, but that is unlikely.
At the end of June, a job post appeared for an Assistant Producer to work on The Sims 4. More specifically it said “compelling new features for upcoming The Sims 4 games“. Games. Plural.
At the end of July, there was also a job for a game designer, specifically for The Sims 4. That job advert read:
The Sims 4 has a very unique player base with 60% of our audience being women between the ages of 18-24. We are looking for someone with deep insights on how to create the best experience for our players.
As a Designer on The Sims, you’ll report to the Design Development Director and work with a team of enthusiastic industry craftspeople from all walks of life. You will use your passion and knowledge to design and implement player-first experiences from end to end that surprise, delight, and invite millions of gamers around the world to Play with Life.
And far more recently, The Sims 4 was also looking for an object modeller. The advert posted on 22 August – super recently. Here’s a snippet from that advert:
The Sims 4 is looking to fill a role for Object Modeler. Architecture, furniture, machinery, vehicles, vegetation; as an Object Modeler you create all of these and more..
Major responsibilities include:
Create and debug assets in The Sims 4 while maintaining technical standards.
Model and texture high quality modeling assets.
Work with multiple development disciplines, including non-art specific groups, to assess and improve assets.
Maintain technical and aesthetical coherence with the Sims brand.
The Sims 4 will celebrate its sixth birthday in September, one which everyone hopes will be celebrated with a bit more pizazz than the damp squib hot tub players got for the franchise’s 20th anniversary earlier in the year.
With Gamescom scheduled for this weekend and several new games and DLCs set to be premiered and announced, we can only keep hoping.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.