‘The Sims 5’ Release Date, News & Update: No New Installment Coming; ‘The Sims 4’ is the Last of the Series

By Laine Lucas , Updated Oct 12, 2016 06:15 AM EDT

"The Sims 4" will soon receive a new game expansion titled "City Living," but fans are still wondering if Electronic Arts (EA) will yet again release another "The Sims" installment.  The fate of "The Sims 5" remains uncertain as several reports suggest that EA is not looking into developing the game following the poor reception of "The Sims 4."

In a statement in 2014, Maxis producer Grant Rodiek has made it clear that back then the team wasn't thinking about developing "The Sims 5." Rodiek also wrote in his post that the game won't happen if "The Sims 4" won't be a success. It turns out that the current game is not as popular as the previous installments, which suggests that Rodiek's statement would mean that it's over for the simulation game franchise.

Despite Rodiek's statement from two years ago, fans believe that EA will come around and eventually develop "The Sims 5." Reports suggest that the next installment might even be Virtual Reality-ready. Some stated that the game will be compatible with whatever technology will become popular by the time the game becomes ready to be released. There are even speculations that toddler Sims will come back for the new game.

At the moment, there's still no official word for "The Sims 5" as the developer is assumed to be focused more on the upcoming "City Living" DLC for "The Sims 4." The expansion pack is slated to release next month, with the exact date yet to be announced. It is expected that "City Living" will be impressive enough to entice more people to play the game.

If the upcoming DLC will contribute to the success of "The Sims 4," who knows maybe EA will decide to finally create the next game. For now, the existence of "The Sims 5" is purely based on speculations and fans should take reports about the game with a pinch of salt.

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