With The Sims 4, the newest version of the world-renowned life simulation video game, gaining over 20 million players, Electronic Arts (EA) is planning to relaunch an online version. CEO Andrew Wilson hinted on bringing back features of The Sims Online, according to EA’s latest financial report. Thus, it’s good news for all the fans out there— “The Sims for a new generation” is most likely to have an online play!
A gist of EA’s latest Earnings Call Transcript
CEO Andrew Wilson pointed out the tough competition in the third quarter of the financial year. Yet The Sims 4 remained strong, which resulted in earnings exceeding their predictions. As The Sims 4 hits 20 million players worldwide near its 20th birthday, Wilson shares his excitement about the growth opportunity by switching to online play. The Sims has turned into a platform for players to compare and contrast what they’re able to build inside of their Sims universes. Hence, Wilson insists on staying true to “fulfilling the motivations of inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement” while providing an online hub for players to share their imaginative creations.
Blake Jorgensen, the Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer adds that The Sims’ incredibly engaged community makes it easier for them to understand what the players want. Thus giving them “a fabulous opportunity to continue to feed what the community wants.”
A new version in the making?
It is unclear if “The Sims for a new generation” means The Sims 5 is in the making. It could imply that Maxis is expanding The Sims 4, which released in 2014 yet continues to have new expansion packs. However, since Wilson highlighted that most players like sharing their creations and compare with others, the “new generation” could turn multiplayer. With a game like The Sims that requires you to survive in a society, it only makes sense if the game gives us that option.
Although EA does not show any signs of releasing a new version of The Sims, seeing its history, it could be a possibility. The Sims 2, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4 had a 5-year gap between their releases, respectively. In the meantime, EA continued to launch expansion packs to support each version. Thus, with The Sims 4 turning 6, the company might just surprise us with The Sims 5!
Let’s see what EA has in store for us.
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