KEY POINTS

  • Maxis is the game developer behind "The Sims 4"
  • It has not said anything about "The Sims 5" yet
  • Recent job ads posted by the developer have sparked rumors that "The Sims 5" is in the works

EA is optimistic about the future of "The Sims 4" and it has confirmed that more content would be released in the game very soon. Despite this, fans still could not help but speculate about "The Sims 5" and what EA and Maxis are planning for the next installment of the successful simulation title. These speculations were further triggered by a recent report claiming that the game could be in development because of the new career opportunities posted by the game developer.

These job postings were first reported by the Sims Community website, which seemingly suggests that either a new "Sims" game or "The Sims 5" is in development. One of the job ads listed by Maxis states that it is looking for an XD Designer. A part of the job listing reads, "Ee are looking for an XD Designer who will focus exclusively on UI for a minimum of 2 years of the project development. After this period this role could become a hybrid UI/UX role."

Before this job ad, the same site reported having spotted several career opportunities at Maxis, which could indicate that it is working on something. The job ad for a Senior CAS artist mentions new and existing IP. Another job listing for Game Designer says something about the "development of Creative Tools prototypes," as well as utilizing the insights "from these prototypes to prepare design documentation tasks." While it does not state anything about a new title, it implies a possible start of something.

The Sims 4 "The Sims 4" was released a year ago, and publisher Electronic Arts created an infographic to celebrate. Photo: EA

The new career opportunities at Maxis strongly suggest that it is indeed working on something. However, with the success of "The Sims 4" and EA's plans to release more content in the game, it is hard to assume that the careers are for "The Sims 5." It is possible that the jobs are for the expansion packs of  "The Sims 4," a new project or a spin-off of the simulation game.

In the absence of official confirmation, fans should take these details with a pinch of salt.

"The Sims 4" is available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.