EA bets on single-player experience with The Sims 4

Publisher assures fans series will not be tackling online-only play
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EA has revealed it is developing The Sims 4 for PC and Mac with an eye to releasing the game in 2014.

The publishing giant stressed that the latest entry into the hugely successful series will focus on a single-player offline experience, seemingly reassuring fans the title will not be affected by the same ‘always-on’ problems SimCity has endured.

The franchise has previously tackled multiplayer and online play with The Sims Online, which was released in 2002. Thte title was later shutdown in 2008 however, having been rebranded to EA-Land beforehand.

Developed by The Sims Studio, EA promised that new game would include new options allowing users to share their creations and stories with friends and other fans.

To date, the publisher said The Sims series has sold more than 150 million copies, although this is a similar number to that revealed two years ago.

No further details on the project have been revealed.