• "The Sims 4" is now almost seven years old
  • Electronic Arts has not yet announced any new title under "The Sims" franchise
  • EA Play Live is scheduled for Thursday

Many eager "The Sims 5" fans believe the game's announcement is imminent, and it looks like their claims are more than just wishful thinking.

Electronic Arts (EA) and Maxis are all set to release the last roadmap for "The Sims 4" Summer of Sims content, titled "Cottage Living," on Thursday.

Ever since the content for the current game installment was released, no other matter was teased or launched. Senior producer Michael Duke had said during the release of "Discover University" that the team had a sense of freedom as they had covered the majority of the greatest hits, The Gamer had reported.

The executive was referring to the strongest performing DLC themes, including Seasons, Pets and University. Players have enjoyed eco-friendly living, winter sports, farming and rural life. The game also introduced extensive game pack themes like spas, adventuring, occults and restaurants.

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

With its wide range of DLC themes, it appears the game has completed all the facets of life and living through its post-launch support, suggesting it is almost complete. With this, it is safe to say new content for "The Sims 4" may or may not come. EA could announce something related to the current game at the upcoming EA Play Live, but it could also be about "The Sims 5," The Gamer reported.

Moreover, "The Sims" has been in the video games industry for more than a couple of decades now. In that span of time, it has released four major titles and several spin-off games. Interestingly, while the gap between "The Sims" games is typically between four and five years, "The Sims 4" is now approaching its seventh year, and EA has not yet said anything about the next game installment.

It is safe to assume it is high time the game developer and publishers announce the next major "The Sims" game. And the best way to do the announcement of "The Sims 5" is at a major EA event, which is at the EA Play Live. It was earlier revealed major details about "Battlefield 2042," "Apex Legends" and "Lost in Random" would be disclosed at the event.

EA marketing officer David Tinson previously mentioned the EA Play Live event will focus on "games that are coming out soon rather than in the all-to-distant future." He also confirmed "a couple of other games to highlight as well, but for those, you’ll just have to wait and see."

In the absence of an official confirmation from EA and Maxis, fans should temper their expectations about the possible announcement of "The Sims 5" on Thursday. EA Play Live is scheduled for July 22. The showcase will have “a short pre-show” starting at 10 a.m. PT, or 1 p.m. ET or 6 p.m. BST before the main event.