There’s a new Sims 4 expansion pack set to be announced next week and that can mean only one thing: digging through gaming sites to see if there might be a little leak somewhere to give us a clue about what the new pack might be about.
While we have not come across any hints about the next Sims 4 expansion, we did stumble on the Fakey McFakeFace ‘leak’ for The Sims 5.
Look, we know that even when the leaks are real (as in, the release date is correct and the title is vaguely in the ballpark), online gaming retailers will use old artwork and renders.
One such site, instantgaming, has previously ‘leaked’ a Sims 4 expansion pack. Just last year, the same site listed ‘Tropical Paradise’ as an upcoming Sims 4 expansion. That, of course, turned out to be The Sims 4 Island Living.
What we know about the Sims 5
We know that it will be released at some point in the future. The “leak” on the Instant Gaming site keeps things pretty vague, only listing the potential release date for The Sims 5 as December 2021.
While that is entirely feasibly, no official date has been confirmed by Electronic Arts yet. The “leak” has been listed on the site since February this year.
In fact, there is not even the option to pre-purchase a code for The Sims 5 yet, simply a way to sign up for e-mails about “future stock availability”.
While this is not nearly as bad as some of the other fake leaks we’ve seen (and fallen for) over the last few months, it is good to keep our expectations in check.
There was even a fake Sims 5 trailer video (okay, there are actually several of these) doing the rounds. Earlier in 2020, ahead of EA Play,
Back in February 2020, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson made some comments which raised a few eyebrows. He said in an interview with CNN:
“As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation across platforms and a cloud-enabled world, you should imagine that while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement motivation, that this notion of social interaction and competition… will start to become part of the ongoing The Sims experience in the years to come.”
That’s pretty much all we know so far. Even the notion that The Sims 5 will have a sort of multiplayer gameplay hasn’t really been elaborated on.
If you are desperate to check out the leak that isn’t really a leak, you can head over to the Instant Gaming website.
Or, you know, just keep calm and carry on playing The Sims 4… or The Sims 3. At least, look around for some cows and things in Brindleton Bay in The Sims 4 or have a super throwback to how it started vs how it’s going for The Sims franchise.
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.