I looked all over but couldn't find a topic about this!
So this probably seems crazy and I'm probably way off BUT I know the devs like to leave hints so this is just a theory;
I'm sure everyone noticed the new windows and matching arch that came with the last update, but am I the only one that thinks they don't really match TS4's art style at all ? Also the arch comes with this description, which I can only think relates to the past present and future of The Sims:
It states "The first prototype didn't open" - possibly referring to the lack of customisation in Sims 1?
"The second prototype refined the concept by making a hole" - opening up that customisation to us in Sims 2?
"The third prototype increased the size of the hole" - Sims 3's open world?
"The fourth prototype removed the sharp edges that were causing an increase in workplace related accidents" - Sims 4's removal of the open world and things like Create-a-style to improve playability?
and then finally, "The fifth, Arch E, should be great ..." - Potentially talking about the 5th iteration of The Sims??? Could Arch E even be the codename? As in Arch-itectural game E? I remember Sims 1 having a similar name early in development. I could be reading into that too much, though.
However, considering we have seen some maybe job listings for the new Maxis team and there is at least 3 years of planned content left, giving them plenty of time to develop a new base game, to me this kind of confirms something is definitely going on. There has to be a reason they mention 4 prototypes, the same amount of games we have now.
Am I seeing things or could there really be something to it??