EA & Maxis announce The Sims 4 in a very un-SimCityish way
Start clearing space on your calendars, Sims players. You’re going to be busy next year. EA and Maxis have officially announced The Sims 4, and they already know the first question you’re going to ask. Read on to hear their answer.
The announcement came earlier today on EA’s official blog, “The Beat.” The Sims 4 is currently being developed by Maxis, and is scheduled for release sometime in 2014. Both Mac and PC versions were announced, and unlike SimCity, it appears that EA is planning on a simultaneous release for both platforms. EA promises that The Sims 4 will give players a deeper connection to their creations, and calls the game “the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever.” The game will also feature new and intuitive tools which will allow players to better personalize their worlds.
To many Sims fans, however, the most important part of today’s announcement were these four simple words:
single-player offline experience
That’s right, The Sims 4 is a single player game, and will not require an online connection to play. That gust of wind you just heard was millions of Sims fans breathing a sigh of relief. After the backlash that EA and Maxis received over the radical changes made to SimCity, including a focus on multiplayer and the requirement that the game always be connected to EA servers, it seems as though they wanted to get the message out quickly that The Sims 4 will be a very different experience. A developer Q&A posted over at SimsVIP.com does say that the game will include social online content, but insists that the core game is designed to be played offline.
That’s about all we know for now. EA hasn’t released any in-game images or footage, but they have launched the game’s official website. There, you can sign up for a newsletter and maybe translate some Simlish.