The Sims 5 may be a live-service game as rumours intensify

The Sims 5 rumours that the game will be announced in October are intensifying.

EA and Maxis recently confirmed that, coinciding with The Sims 4‘s base game going free, there will be a “special-edition stream” on October 18, where they will discuss “what’s in the works” for the popular life-simulation franchise.

Amid heavy fan speculation, Giant Bomb journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb has claimed that the next entry in the series will be unveiled during the event – and it could be a live-service game.

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Discussing the upcoming stream, Grubb said on his Game Mess Mornings show: “The Sims 5 is also coming.

“At this thing next month, they almost certainly will announce it then. The announcement is coming soon, and I’ve heard it’s likely next month. That all lines up with what they’re saying.

“Expect to hear about The Sims 5 soon. Do not expect to be playing it soon. The game is still a very long ways off, apparently. They’re going to tell you that it’s coming. In the meantime, you can enjoy a lot of stuff in The Sims 4.”

Grubb also addressed the fact that a new numbered Sims sequel means moving from a game that’s full of content to one that is essentially starting from scratch and needs to be built up over time.

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To break that cycle, Grubb suggested that making The Sims 5 a live-service game is a path that EA has been considering.

“I think they understand that, after learning the lesson from something like Battlefield 2042 – which tried to straddle this line and tried to be this live-service game that they were going to charge you $70 for. They got their butts spanked after that game.

“So I think they’re ready to change how they approach their big numbered sequels going forward including with The Sims. And that audience, I think, would be more than happy to do it with that game.”

The Sims 4 is available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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