The numbers are in, and it seems that principally all of you might be enjoying The Sims 4. In an announcement put out yesterday, EA introduced that The Sims 4 is formally the “most widely-played game within the historical past of the franchise” with over 70 million folks having performed the game, 16 million of which signed up because it went free-to-play final October.

Effectively, is not that good? However a number of the information is rather a lot scarier. Because the launch of the Rising Collectively enlargement pack containing the “toddler life stage,” reads the announcement in a tone often reserved for Resident Evil antagonists, The Sims 4 has accrued greater than “8.6 million Sims infants in-game”. 

That is a veritable child military, and the update would not even point out what number of of them had been freakish, stretchy slenderbabies.

In the meantime, 1.7 million households have been constructed within the San Sequoia map included within the Rising Collectively enlargement (equalling, I consider, round 5 infants per residence, which appears remarkably premodern). Gamers have additionally achieved 27.1 million milestones (together with 12.2 million toddler milestones) throughout all platforms.

The actual fact The Sims 4 is a reasonably common game is not precisely sudden information, however the sheer dimension of the playerbase took me again a bit. 70 million gamers is, properly, fairly just a few. That is extra folks than dwell in France or the UK. The truth is, judging by this Wikipedia web page I simply pulled up, there are solely 19 nations on Earth with a better inhabitants than The Sims 4.

I suppose what I am saying is: Give Maxis a seat on the UN Safety Council.

I believe The Sims will proceed drawing folks of their hundreds of thousands for a while to game, but it surely’s resulting from face some competitors within the close to future. Paradox’s Life By You is a Sims-alike from the previous head of EA’s Sims label, and guarantees to be “one of the moddable and open life-simulation video games” ever made. I look ahead to seeing which nuclear states its inhabitants finally outgrows, too.