'The Sims 5' release date delayed, development may depend on sales of 'City Living' DLC for 'The Sims 4'

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Players may have to wait a little longer for “The Sims 5” from Electronic Arts, as the development of the game will apparently rely on the sales of the latest available title “The Sims 4.”

According to Neurogadget, with another downloadable content (DLC) pack coming for the fourth installment, the fifth entry is deemed to be delayed. The news outlet shared that based on previous reports, game developers from Maxis and The Sims Studio may not create another game in the franchise if the current one continues to have poor market performance due to allegedly declining sales.

When asked about the possible development of “The Sims 5,” members of the team have yet to confirm any concrete plan. In a correspondence with a fan on Twitter, it has been suggested that they may not even be in the stage of pre-production, “By the time it comes time to start work on The Sims 5, maybe we can do that – no promises, though.”

“No news on future content and patches at the moment – stay tuned, though, as we’ve been keeping busy!” they added in a separate post.

Despite the lack of an official announcement, some fans are said to be hoping to see the game have support for virtual reality (VR) technology. Meanwhile, others claim that “The Sims 5” may have augmented reality (AR) technology and will become available as a mobile game similar to Niantic’s “Pokmon GO.” When it comes to the release, it may arrive sometime in 2019 for next-generation of consoles.

Available information should be taken with a grain of salt. As fans wait, they could first get their hands on the upcoming DLC for “The Sims 4” dubbed “City Living” slated for release on Nov. 1.

The expansion pack allows gamers to explore the diverse city of San Myshuno and discover new neighborhoods adorned with bustling activities, unique situations and exciting festivals. The players will be living in an apartment with the goal of working their way up to penthouse living. Players can now pre-order the new DLC for the price of $49.90.