EA has officially announced that the next major installment into The Sims will be a new numbered game called The Sims 4.
Having handed off the development of a copious amount of expansions to other EA studios following the release of The Sims 3, Maxis will return as the primary developers for The Sims 4. This will be seen as good news by fans of the franchise.
Although no specifics were given yet, EA announced that the game would be releasing at some point during 2014 on the PC and Mac. Given that EA ported The Sims 3 over to home consoles, there may also be the chance of a PS4/next-generation Xbox version.