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As we have noted in this site before, a Sims 5 release is inevitable. Or is it?

Just like a fan avidly waiting for George R. R. Martin to release The Winds of Winter, we might have to wait a bit longer for Sims 5 to be unveiled (or if it ever will). After all, Maxis does take years to release the next installments of the game. And there’s always that possibility of not releasing a new installment ever. The logic might be, why release a new one when the current version can be improved through expansion packs and such?

The first Sims was published by Electronic Arts (EA) on February 2000, and for the Microsoft Windows platform. Two years later, sales of the game reached more than 11 million copies.

2004 saw the release of The Sims 2 which took place in a full 3D environment and is set about 25 years after the original game. Sims 3 didn’t arrive until 2009, five years after the previous installment. The latest version, The Sims 4, was released in 2014.

It’s 2016 now, two years after the release of the current Sims version. As of now, all we are hearing are rumors about a possible release date. In other words, nothing has been verified by EA. But if we were to base it on a four to five year gap between versions, we can expect the fifth edition of the game to be released in 2019.

So what can be verified at this point? Producer Grant Rodiek who said, “If Sims 4 isn’t successful, there won’t be a Sims 5.” Then again, this is in terms of sales. Sims 4 was always expected to bring in the cash knowing how well loved the game is.

But reception is a completely different thing. A movie can be a hit at the box office and bring in millions of dollars but may fail with critics. The Sims 4’s ratings on Metacritic is 70/100, indicating mixed or average reception. A couple of game reviewers have praised the latest Sims installment but also had complaints from having less content to being riddled with bugs.

We’ve seen films that have flopped critically but got a chance for a sequel. The same can be true for The Sims franchise. After all, it is a widely popular game and gamers might still be interested in what it has to offer.

So will we or won’t we see a Sims 5? Only time will tell.

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