'The Sims 5' Release Date, News & Update: Game Delayed or Ditched? EA Basing Decision on 'The Sims 4' Success?

By Louise Bonquin , Updated Nov 15, 2016 05:26 PM EST

Fans have been waiting for "The Sims 5" for a long time now. EA Maxis already published four titles under the Sims franchise. The fourth installment was released on Sept. 2, 2014 and no follow-up game was ever released since then.

For fans, now is the right time for "The Sims 5" to arrive so they have been requesting this from EA Maxis. However, it seems that the game developer will not be able to grant this wish because based on rumors, there are big issues with the production of the fifth installment.

Nevertheless, there has been speculations that "The Sims 5" is just being delayed and will come out later, but others say that "The Sims 4" could be the last in the series. These are just one of the confusing theories regarding the release of the fifth title and this remained as mere hearsay because EA has not confirmed or commented on this.

So what is the truth? Will the game be released and 6?

In 2014, EA has given fans some hope that "The Sims 5" will be a reality. The game developer said that they will be considering the fifth title by tweeting, "By the time it comes time to start work on 'The Sims 5,' maybe we can do that - no promises, though."

After that post on SNS, it was widely speculated that EA is finally releasing "The Sims 5" in 2019. But it has been two years since that tweet was posted and nothing has changed. The officials from The Sims Studio were even saying now that "The Sims" 5 will not happen if "The Sims 4" will not reach satisfactory sales level.

If EA is basing its decision to create "The Sims 5" on the success of "The Sims 4," then the reviews saying that the game is a big failure in the market means that it is not happening at all. The game is not even in the production stage so the chances of the fifth title being released in the near future is slim.

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