There are many speculations regarding a release date for a fifth installment in the Sims franchise, especially after the success achieved by the last Sims 4.
One of the greatest things about the Sims 4 is the emphasis it places on emotions. However, there are many fans and players that have complained that while it has the broader emotions feature, it just doesn’t have the same depth as the first Sims games. By that they mean that there are many features that were a huge part of the first Sims games, but cannot be seen in the forth installment.
Some of those elements that are missing from the Sims 4 are the toddlers but they could easily be put back in the game via an extension if fans are stern enough about it. However, since this expansion craze has also hit the Sims developers like it hit many other game developers, it’s very unlikely that we will be seeing a Sims 5 anytime soon.
It’s easier to just add expansions with element and various game modes that to make a whole game that is supposed to be significantly different than the one before it. And there are many expansion packs scheduled for the Sims 4. Some of latest expansions are: Spooky Stuff (Which added Halloween costumes and spooky items), Movie Hangout Stuff (which added home theaters and Popcorn Makers), Romantic Garden Stuff (Which added new garden objects and new gameplay modes) and Dine Out (which allows Sims to visit restaurants and to also build and run their own restaurants by employing staff or experimenting with new foods).
On top of that, there is also the game launch pattern for the Sims games which features launching gaps as big as 4-5 years. This means that we will probably be seeing the Sims 5 sometime in 2018.