The Sims 4 coming to PC and Mac in 2014, is single-player and offline [Update]

The Sims 4 will be coming to PC and Mac in 2014

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Updated with new details from Maxis.

After nearly two hundred expansion packs* for The Sims 3, Maxis is finally moving on to the next generation of The Sims. The predictably named The Sims 4 will be coming to PC and Mac in 2014, the company has announced.

(*Not true. Exaggeration.)

Here's the original announcement:

The Sims franchise is fueled by the passion and creativity of its millions of fans around the world. 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.

There's no mention of "connected" or "always-on" or "social" in the announcement. We're certain that Maxis wants to avoid a repeat of SimCity's launch fiasco--but who knows what kind of design they'll take next for the next trap-people-in-bathrooms-and-watch-them-die simulator.

Update: The Sims 4 is an offline game. In an updated post, Maxis points out that The Sims 4 "celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience."

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    May 6, 2013 8:14 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, The Sims 4 coming to PC and Mac in 2014.

    The Sims 4 will be coming to PC and Mac in 2014

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      May 6, 2013 8:18 AM

      I thought 4 was already out

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        May 6, 2013 8:28 AM

        Oh ok 3 is still going right now. Hope they bundle all the 3 dlc at some decent price

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          May 6, 2013 8:32 AM

          57 expansions for the low low price of 250$!!

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          May 6, 2013 8:35 AM

          lolol Sims 3 + all DLC = $419.83 on Steam

          http://store.steampowered.com/app/47890/

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            May 6, 2013 8:42 AM

            well, i mean i hope 4's release will discount 3

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            May 6, 2013 8:45 AM

            If that doesn't encourage piracy, I don't know what would.

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            May 6, 2013 9:18 AM

            Wrong, that 419.83 doesn't include the core game. Not worth it now

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              May 6, 2013 9:36 AM

              Fuck that, deal breaker. /puts wallet back in pocket

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            May 6, 2013 5:01 PM

            Heh, the Sims 2 and all expansions on Origin is about $120 or so IIRC

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            May 6, 2013 5:18 PM

            It's been something like 66% off a few times recently. I know it was during the winter sale.

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            May 6, 2013 5:57 PM

            That doesn't include the $10,000 or so in SimsStore DLC.

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            May 7, 2013 12:06 AM

            hahaha

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          May 6, 2013 8:41 AM

          Doubt they'll bundle it all together but distributors have just received word of two more Sims 3 compilations out this month. I'm not sure what's in them; one is called Starter Pack for $29.99 and the other Worlds Bundle for $19.99. I'd assume the Worlds Bundle is just the add-on neighborhoods rather than expansion packs. I also doubt EA would put more than two expansion packs in the Starter Pack so I'd guess the game, two expansions, and maybe a stuff pack or two.

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      May 6, 2013 8:19 AM

      Oh boy, here we go.

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      May 6, 2013 8:19 AM

      Yep, but the game's being designed around only using one floor of a house and pooling resources with people who live above and below you.

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        May 6, 2013 9:43 AM

        Heh.
        Let's not forget Warren Spector's ideal game takes place in a single city block though.

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      May 6, 2013 8:20 AM

      F2P, but every piece of furniture is an IAP.

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      May 6, 2013 8:22 AM

      That's surprising

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      May 6, 2013 8:26 AM

      i hope they made the game more casual. TS3 is too complex

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        May 6, 2013 8:36 AM

        It worked for SimCity!

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          May 6, 2013 11:05 AM

          i hope they do a simcity social thing where we're all playing in the same world. that would be cool. i don't care if it's always online as long as the game works

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            May 6, 2013 11:25 AM

            i want that too. i want my gross giant nosed sims to impregnate every fertile female in my friends' towns

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        May 6, 2013 8:58 AM

        It's true, if your sim plays the sims on his computer for too long, he might pee himself. It's so hard to manage :(

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      May 6, 2013 9:32 AM

      I wonder what features they will cut to save for expansions.

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      May 6, 2013 9:51 AM

      Normally this type of announcement would get me excited, but after Sim City (which seems a little more broken to me after 2.0 patch) I am more than likely going to leave this one alone. I wouldn't be surprised if they incorporated some sort of always online, but did it quietly. And I wish they would incorporate weather into the core game, I always enjoyed the changing of the seasons in the Sims 2, but didn't pick up the expansion pack for it in Sims 3 because I didn't want to pay for it again.

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      May 6, 2013 11:02 AM

      And so EA continues playing Weekend at Bernie's with the fly-blown corpse of Maxis. Couldn't pay me to buy this.

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      May 6, 2013 11:04 AM

      It was gonna be called, "The Sims: Online 2" ... then just went with the 4 instead so they wouldn't get the backlash.

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      May 6, 2013 11:14 AM

      Update: The Sims 4 is an offline game. In an updated post, Maxis points out that The Sims 4 "celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience.

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        May 6, 2013 11:31 AM

        Sim City should be single player and The Sims should be social :( they have it backwards

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          May 6, 2013 11:52 AM

          Seriously wtf. Think of all the shit they SHOULD do with your sims when you're not playing. They could go off and live those lives and make friends with other people etc etc etc.


          Its probably because the #1 demographic of the sims is 13 year old girls and theres no way anyones gonna let an army of 13 year old girls be forced to play online. It would get more rapey than an XBLA Uno chatroom.

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            May 6, 2013 6:28 PM

            Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was actually a serious issue with the online Sims game from like, the early 2000s.

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      May 7, 2013 9:51 AM

      I hope they don't dumb it down or anything.

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