The Sims 4 launched worldwide last week, however, the game was received with mixed feeling from fans. Although some may expect that Maxis will listen to players' feedback when developing the next title, that may not be that simple according to the developer.
Maxis has warned that The Sims 5 won't become a reality if its predecessor isn't successful. "We're not working on Sims 5. We're not thinking about Sims 5. If Sims 4 isn't successful, there won't be a Sims 5," said producer Grant Rodiek on the official Sims forums.
Among the many critics that fans directed at The Sims 4, the most notorious one seems to be the absence of fan-favourite features, including toddlers and pool creation. Maxis previously stated that these features weren't included in the game in order to focus "on revolutionising the Sims themselves" and working "deeper on the features that make Sims come alive".
In addition to being available on PC at the moment, Maxis has teased that the game could be released on consoles in the future.
Source: The Sims Forums