EA has officially announced The Sims 4, a sequel to a franchise that just about everyone under the sun expected to see. The game is currently in development for the PC and Mac platforms, and it’s set to drop sometime in 2014.
Right out of the gate, it looks like EA has learned some semblance of a lesson from the brutal SimCity launch and its online requirements. Here’s a line from the first paragraph of this new announcement, the bold emphasis is my own.
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.
Not much else is known now about the game. It’s in development for PC and Mac in 2014, boom, that’s it. We’ll have more on The Sims 4 as it comes. For now, let’s just thank our lucky stars that EA isn’t trying to cram an always-on requirement into another franchise that doesn’t need it.