This information is NOT official and may not be related to TS4. Take information on board with caution.
SimsVIP has posted information about pre-production UI design screenshots for “The Sims 4”. These mock up images were created by Patrick Kelly, who worked at EA until March 2012. You can scroll down to view the images on SimsVIP’s Flickr gallery.
I personally believe that is is an online component from The Sims as it seems so unlike The Sims UI. If this is the case, I am very excited as I enjoyed playing The Sims Online/EA-Land.
A huge thanks to SimsVIP for this info!
Since the release of The Sims 3, rumors of The Sims 4 have been few, but definitely in the air. Now that we are about 4 years into the Sims 3 series, it isn’t all that unreasonable for The Sims Studio to already be deep into the creation of The Sims 4, assuming it does head into production.
Back in August of 2012, I received an anonymous email with a link to EA UI Designer Patrick Kelly’s public website. On his website, a project named “The Sims 4 (Olympus)” was listed.
To give you a bit of background, Patrick Kelly has worked on projects such as The Sims 3 (PC), Spore (PC), SimAnimals (Wii), The Sims 3 (DS), and more. The “on-the-record” work and experience for Patrick Kelly, is only further confirmation that everything listed at his website was legit.
Notice anything about the “Plumbobs” shown in the photo above? It is not your typical glossy/shiny Sims 3 Plumbob. Here’s a closer look at them in a “Mock up” Loading Screen.
You may have seen the “Green Plumbob” pop up in plenty of online Sims 3 events, Sims 3 community day photos (here, here and here), and most recently in The Sims 3 University. SimGuruSarah states that it is a re-textured Sims 3 plumbob, but I believe it is a bit more than that. If you have The Sims 3 University Expansion, you have definitely seen the Blue & Green Plumbob Statue titled “Into the Future”.
(Sidenote: We posted about this recently, suggesting it could be a TS4 Easter Egg).
Description reads: This genre-defining sculpture was created by the senior class art students and donated to The Sims University to proudly display. The students involved in creating this sculpture couldn’t divulge their inspiration for this puzzling piece, except that they believe it’s a sign of things to come…
Some might argue that this would be a type of “Easter Egg” for the not yet titled Sims 3 “Future” themed Expansion Pack, but it includes the Blue Plumbob that has only appeared in The Sims 4 Pre Production UI Design screens below. It also has a pretty specific description attached.
The Sims 4 rumor mill started back in April of 2010, when an EA employee accidentally tweeted about working on The Sims 4′s new Sim. The tweet was immediately deleted, but the employee was confirmed to be Cemre Ozkurt who worked on The Sims 3 Pre-Made Sims.
There are currently three (one, two and three) Designers & Producers working on “An Unannounced Sims Title” dating back to 2010. If The Sims 4 heads into production at some point, it is only fact that they are already working on it.
SimGuru’s Shannon & Trev have also shifted to a new team in Maxis that is closely connect to The Sims Studio. Considering that Shannon has been around since the Sims 2 days, it is only expected that she’d be working on the production of the next series.