‘The Sims 5’ Release Date, News & Update: ‘City Living’ Expansion Ramps Up Calls For Next Installment

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Sep 20, 2016 12:45 AM EDT
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EA and Maxis have yet to shed light on the fate of “The Sims 5” but the official announcement of the “City Living” expansion pack may have just ignited new rounds of expectations. With the upcoming DLC, “The Sims” players are now under the impression that a fifth installment is in the works.

Five-year cycle sticking

Going by the numbers, the realistic wait for “The Sims 5” is actually 2019. The basis for this is the usual five-year cycle that EA follows when it comes to releasing the next installment of their life simulation game.

The only thing lacking is confirmation. It has been repeated time and again that with the faltering sales performance of “The Sims 4”, affected are plans to unveil “The Sims 5”. Added content have been pegged to help out the cause but the efforts have not rendered anything positive.

In fact, some “The Sims 4” players are reportedly unimpressed with the expansion packs. That said, the possible revelation of “The Sims 5” becomes all the darker.

Row hasn’t dampened “The Sims 5” expectations

Despite the precedents to a possible “The Sims 5” release, EA and Maxis may want to consider calls for a sequel. The misfortunes of “The Sims 4” have not doused water on a possible new game installment meaning it could all be a matter of falling short of expectations.

Among the leading features that most are expecting for “The Sims 5” is arming it with virtual reality support. But would it be an effective add-on?

Worth noting as well is “The Sims” is played via third party view. Augmented reality similar to “Pokemon Go” could be more feasible but it is hard to imagine how game developers can pull it off.

“The Sims 4” has so far been limited to the PC which brings to mind the whole game console version once again. With no credible plans for one, “The Sims 5” will likely have to see first how it fares on the PC before moving to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles for game play.

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