Electronic Arts has announced that the latest instalment of its life simulation game, The Sims 4, will be released in 2014 for Mac and PC. The only information that was released was that Maxis will be developing the title. EA said that more details will be released in the near future.
“The Sims franchise is fuelled by the passion and creativity of its millions of fans around the world,” the company wrote on its blog. “Their continued devotion to the franchise ignites the fire of creativity of the team at The Sims Studio, driving them to continually improve and innovate on one of the world’s most successful simulation game that has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.”
Maxis said that The Sims 4 will be going back to the “roots” of the Sims franchise.
“We felt it was important to unlock new ways for your Sims to interact with one another. So we’re focusing on the complexity of Sim-to-Sim interactions and the way your Sims behave.”
A teaser image that was released shows the importance of eyes in The Sims 4.
Beyond Sims reports that The Sims 4 will feature an offline element. “There will be additional fun and social gameplay elements for players who choose to go online (more to come on that later on) but the core game is designed to be played offline. It’s up to the player to choose how they want to play,” the post says. “You will not require a persistent offline connection to play The Sims 4.”
SimCity was released this year and had a bad start. It disappointed gamers as it didn’t include an offline component. The game was knocked offline for a few hours in late-April when an update was released.
The conference call that Maxis held hinted that there will be a fan event held in late August, when we hope we will gain more information.