EA has announced its plans to develop a new Sims sequel, and the obsolete MMO The Sims Online will have a big impact on it. Considering the complex history of The Sims 4 is is never obvious what EA plans to do with the franchise in the future.
Seven years have passed since the last sequel was released, and while there have been clues in EA job listings about a new extension, nothing was definite until now. In an investors meeting last week, the company’s executive Andrew Wilson was asked whether developer Maxis intends to relaunch an online sequel of The Sims remanding MMO The Sims Online, which was discontinued after it named it EA-Land back in 2008.
As per the transcript from fansite Sims Community, Wilson described that The Sims as a ‘new generation,’ and suggested that a new game would merge features of The Sims Online’s social behaviors with the more classical virtual dollhouse elements.
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What he said, in fact, was an almost unintelligible flow of marketing demagogy, but it is obvious that he was talking about a new product that would either be The Sims Online 2 or, most probably, The Sims 5.
“As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – cross-platforms and a cloud of a neighborhood world, you should imagine while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, motivations – that this notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many, many years ago – that they will start to become a part of The Sims experience in the years to come,” Wilson said.
“We are very excited. This is a game that really doesn’t have any competition in its category for delivering and fulfilling these motivations for players, and we think of the tremendous growth opportunities for us for many, many years to come.”
We should mention the fact that the use of ‘new generation’ doesn’t have anything to do with the next-generation consoles, but it is an allusion to The Sims series and new players.