Electronic Arts revealed a company-wide 2022: Year in Gaming report to showcase the performance of its games of the previous year. On the EA Sports side, FIFA was unsurprisingly the company’s most popular sports game in 2022. However, The Sims 4 did staggering numbers for the American publisher too.

EA’s life simulator had an eventful year. The base game of The Sims 4 went free-to-play in October, which invited more players in than ever before. In 2022 alone, Simmers spent over 1.4 billion hours in The Sims 4, creating 18.5% more Sims than in 2021. It’s easy to say that Electronic Arts allowing players to jump into The Sims for free has paid off. However, Simmers will have more to woohoo about in the future, because more content will be coming to the game soon.

The Sims 4 Desert Luxe kit
The Desert Luxe Kit is accessible to those who paid for The Sims 4 prior to its free launch.

In addition to the ongoing success of The Sims 4, developer Maxis has announced a new game in The Sims universe code-named Project Rene. With the small teaser the company has shown so far, fans are speculating that Project Rene is the next mainline title in the series, The Sims 5. But, for now, it has a project name and loads of development ahead of it.

Lastly in the report, Electronic Arts acknowledged its partnership with the It Gets Better Project and GLAAD. This collaboration introduced customizable pronouns to The Sims 4, allowing players to go further than ever in customizing their own characters and living out a virtual life how they see fit.

So, have you played The Sims 4 yet? Are you excited about Project Rene? Let us know in the comments. For more on life simulation games and all things gaming, stay tuned to GameLuster.

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