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EA’s CEO confirms a next generation Sims game; might have both Single-Player and Multiplayer

First we wrote about career listings that hinted about the production of the next Sims game. Then we had some more clues adding up that the game is in development. And now, we have an official confirmation from Andrew Wilson, EA’s CEO about the plans for THE NEXT GENERATION SIMS GAME!

In the Third Quarter of FY2020 earnings call, Andrew Wilson was asked a question if Maxis has any plans of relaunching an online version of The Sims – like The Sims Online that was present from 2002 to 2008. Andrew Wilson gave an interesting answer, saying that Maxis is continuously thinking about The Sims for a new generation and that features from The Sims Online will become a part of that experience “in the years to come”.

Throughout his answer Andrew shared that, although they will always stay true to creation, escape, motivations and more (hinting at some of the keywords of an offline game), that they will also start to embrace a new social experience such as social interactions and competitions (as they were present in The Sims Online years ago) in a Sims experience in the years to come.

Check out our full transcript of the interview as well as the full audio recording:

Question: Any thoughts on relaunching an online version of the franchise given its large popularity? (referring to The Sims Online that was present up until 2008)

Andrew Wilson (EA CEO): Great question on The Sims! The Sims will be 20 next week. That Maxis team and the team that’s been a part of Maxis over the years continue to deliver unbelieavably innovative and creative content for a constantly growing Sims community globally. As we think about The Sims – again, I reference the motivations of why we play the games – inspiration, escape, social interaction, creation, self improvement, competition. Typically what The Sims has done is really focus on fulfilling the motivations and inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement and not necessarily focus as much as on social interaction and competition.

But a few things are in fact true over the years. One is that the Sims community continues to grow and with the broad of social platforms continue to connect with each other and share what they do – in and around the game they play. And we’ve seen that manifest in The Sims Online which was a more social experience for us. And we’re also seeing that the competition nature of The Sims is also rising and we’re seeing people compare and contrast. Not competition in an original sport sense but how they create and what they create and how they use their imaginations and what they’re able to build inside of these Sims universes.

As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – cross-platforms and a cloud of a neighborhood world, you should imagine while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, motivations – that this notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many many years ago – that they will start to become a part of The Sims experience in the years to come.

We are very excited. This is a game that really doesn’t have any competition in its category for delivering and fulfilling these motivations for players and we think of the tremendous growth opportunities for us for many many years to come.

So, what are your thoughts on the next generation Sims game and what should be included? Let us know in the comments!

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  • I have played the Sims since the Sims 1 through to Sims 4. I am horrified at the thought there is a chance of multiplayer. For me the Sims is an escape that allows me to forget what is making me anxious or just to relax when my kids are in bed. I don’t want to be interacting with a person I don’t know. I am anxious enough as it is I don’t need anymore. I want to play as a SINGLE PLAYER. If I wanted to go online with it currently I would use the gallery but majority of the time I don’t as am uninterested. Multiplayer games are so common now that finding a game to play is hard enough as if it is not the Sims it has a story line. Multiplayer would ruin the franchise for me and make me lose a game I love all because of this. Also with it being a multiplayer game, as it clearly doesn’t need to be, means subscription instead of buying a base game and expansion packs. This would hammer the nail in the coffin for me as I can not afford a monthly subscription but a couple of times a year I save up enough money or use birthday/xmas money to buy one. If this happens I will not be playing past the Sims 4 for sure as none of what people have been saying that needs improvement is being listened to but things like multiplayer are is…my brain can’t cope with the logic EA is coming out with. Btw my opinion

    • The Sims Online was so fun! I hope they add multiplayer! Even if it’s just creating your own worlds that you can and your friends play together. Some of the features of TSO and the social creativity involved were amazing! I’m sure they could easily add features to make your “lot” private, invite only, and only allow friends, or noone at all. Bring us Sims 5 multiplayer! If you don’t want online play, Sims 3 and Sims 4 have plenty for you!

      • We’ll just agree to disagree. You’re the only person I’ve ever heard say that it was fun. I, and my friends, thought it was a huge snoozefest. But then, I also hate Facebook.

    • Same here. There’s absolutely no way I would ever play it as a multiplayer game. I never, ever play those type of games. Ugh. I refuse to even use Origin to launch the game (yes, that’s possible if you know how to set it up). I never use the gallery either, if I want content there are plenty of other [better] sites to get it.
      I guess they forgot what a failure the online thing was the first time around.

  • Things I want in the Sims 4, first…detail to the baby life stage, and more furniture – changing station, baby bath etc as well as more objects for children and toddlers || Return of the private school headmaster visits, for private and boarding schools || Horses, other farmyard animals, farming and a whole lot of new build/buy stuff to support it || Fairies, Werewolves and moon phases (but no thanks to zombies, enough of that!) || Cars and teen driving lessons || Different culture-styled worlds as in French/Chinese/Egyptian in World Adventures || More depth to University, at least being able to go to graduation and sports games || Follow your child and teen Sims to School || For operatic, theatrical, cinema, sports games not to be rabbit holes || Play as the pets || More depth and detail to relationships and memories || More focus on Generations/Ancestry and a more detailed family tree (at least going as far as cousins || Ladders, spiral stair cases n for flap’s sake, bunk beds! And once you’ve finished all that, gradual ageing and the return of the Open World in a ‘Sims 5’-type title. If after all that you still wanna put in online, go for it. :p

  • If they do go with multiplayer they better have an amazing anit-bullying mechanism in place. There are people who will buy the game just for the joy of harassing and putting down every one else. Look at the comments in the gallery if you don’t believe me. Harmful comments aren’t hard to find there and it is supposed to be moderated. Like a lot of people I play sims to get away from the real world. I don’t need random strangers invading my game and life. Also anyone using multiplayer would not be able to use mods or other custom content created by other players.

  • I’m hoping for a multiplayer game , it’d be interesting to see how it would work. I’ve been playing sims since the beginning of it all and always loved the weird little quirks and things the game had. Sims 2 on the PlayStation was SO FUN! They had aliens (which I know they still do), weird foods, overall just more fun and different elements. The aliens could abduct you in sims 2, things like that made it game play way more fun and interesting. I wish EA would bring these little fun quirks back to the sims.

  • I do not want online experience. I have been praying sims for over 10 yrs and I like building and decorations more than the actual game play. When I do play, I don’t want to play with other gamers online. I play to escape people & reality. Playing online completely destroys this for me.

  • Don’t get your hopes up, we have better chances of having Sims 5 be a F2P MMO with loot box mechanics and paid season passes than getting an actual improvement from Sims 4.

  • Oooh! A TSO 5 possibility??! Yay!! I was a big fan of the original TSO and was very upset when it closed down a few years back.

    • What would be the actual point of playing online? You’d be stuck with all Maxis-created content and stifled creativity, wouldn’t you? Not to mention putting up with other player’s… um… stuff. I ditched it pretty quickly last time. I get you enjoyed it, but I genuinely don’t understand why.

  • Is the sims 5 actually going to come out because everything I’ve read about and in the titles of videos says it’s confirmed but never says it’s ACTUALLY confirmed

  • Si el próximo Sims llega tener mejor jugabilidad y online sería muchísimo mejor. Tienen que ver los viejos juegos de Sims y recolectar lo bueno que dejaron atrás. Es un juego que tiene potencial de ser algo mejor pero no lo saben aprovechar. Espero que para el próximo venga muchísimas cosas diferentes siempre e sido gran fan de la saga The Sims, pero estas últimas entregas me han desilusionado mucho. De echo me gustaría contactarme con ellos y hablarles sobre todas las ideas que tengo.

  • Think about all the kids and teens playing it. Wouldn’t this open up a whole new opportunity for pedophiles and online predators to grab hold of innocent young people? I mean if you think about it there’s a lot of sexual content in the sims and that’s not ok for anyone to pose as a boyfriend/girlfriend to anyone who is a minor when you’re some 40 yo man living in your mom’s basement. You know this WILL happen if it’s like… online/MMORPG. Anyone can lie about age and this is already a serious problem. At least there’s no threat with single mode. Online predation AND bullying is real and growing, especially with games where you chat with other players. It’ll be super interesting to see but just warning you, it will open a lot of opportunities for bad things to happen too.

  • Sims 3 worlds are much better than in Sims 4 …
    The Sims 4 game The cities are smaller in play as in the Sims 3 game. Will the Sims 5 game be an open city at all? LOL

    • Sims 3 is definitely better.
      Weaknesses The Sims 4 game.
      Despite being a full-fledged sequel, there were still objects and opportunities in earlier sections that just disappeared. I specifically missed the free movement within the city. Simem on foot, by taxi or even with his own car, could get anywhere in the city where he lived. In The Sims 4, it was a huge disappointment that if I leave my home, I can visit some sites but just my neighbors; when I want to go further, I have to wait the same way as in The Sims 2. No, I disagree!

      There are no cars, no bicycles, no means of transport that can be used by a simmer. Sometimes a car appears in the city or is now a tram, but I can not use them. Jobs have not even been seen in the form of a building, just like a bookstore, a grocery store and other catering or community facilities.

      Sims 3 is fun with all accessories. Sims 4 is interesting for maybe 1 week, and then becomes tedious because there is nothing in it.

      • Sims 3 is definitely better.
        Weaknesses The Sims 4 game.
        Despite being a full-fledged sequel, there were still objects and opportunities in earlier sections that just disappeared. I specifically missed the free movement within the city. Simem on foot, by taxi or even with his own car, could get anywhere in the city where he lived. In The Sims 4, it was a huge disappointment that if I leave my home, I can visit some sites but just my neighbors; when I want to go further, I have to wait the same way as in The Sims 2. No, I disagree!

        There are no cars, no bicycles, no means of transport that can be used by a simmer. Sometimes a car appears in the city or is now a tram, but I can not use them. Jobs have not even been seen in the form of a building, just like a bookstore, a grocery store and other catering or community facilities.

        Sims 3 is fun with all accessories. Sims 4 is interesting for maybe 1 week, and then becomes tedious because there is nothing in it. Will the Sims 5 game be an open world at all? LOL

  • I would love sims 4 but I would love it even more if I got to have a multiplayer mode like I love playing by. Myself but it gets boring. I’ve played since the very beginning have 2 player would be very cool cuz I want me and my sister play lol instead of taking turns while we wait for someone’s twin to go to work. Like just make multiplayer

  • I personally am not looking forward to a Sims 5, I’ve spent too much money on the Sims 4 to want it to be over, but that’s just me. What I really want is for them to work on the Sims personalities, a farm with cows, chickens, sheep, and horses, SECTIONALS, bunk beds, changing tables, and I am not sure if I am missing something but shouldn’t I be able to have sims buy drinks from me at a bar if I am bartending? Get tips like when I play with an instrument? Finally, the garden club should not be stealing my harvest lol

  • It would be nice to have online sim world, or Sim city where we can talk meet and up are skills at the same time.
    TS5 must be for all people of many worlds of community communitcation for all.