The next Sims title is currently in development
Maxis and Electronics Arts today confirmed that they've begun work on The Sims 4 at The Sims Studio. If all goes to plan, the next major installment in the highly popular Sims franchise will launch to PC and Mac systems sometime in 2014, though it's unknown if the Maxis and EA are targeting an early, mid, or late year release. What we do know is that there will be new and intuitive tools to play with, along with the ability to share items with friends.
We also know that The Sims 4 is being designed as a single-player title to be played offline. Maxis and EA say they want players to have a deeper connection with their on-screen characters, as well as be able to personalize their worlds like never before.
"The Sims franchise is fueled by the passion and creativity of its millions of fans around the world. Your 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," Maxis and EA stated in a blog post .
One thing that's interesting is that there's no mention of a console release, though such an announcement could come at a later date. If you want to be one of the first to know about The Sims 4, you can sign up for alerts on a special page designed for the game.