From what I know there is no plans by EA to EVER make another sims multiplayer game. This is what I read: "But while Sims players are a connected bunch, EA's research reveals that they're not too keen on playing together, so there's no online multiplayer - not even an Animal Crossing style "visit my town" mode. Humble, Bell and the rest of the team feel that this isn't what The Sims is about. Trading items, and even trading Sim characters or entire town layouts, is one thing, but the actual running Sim itself tends to be a very private experience, something that users by and large don't want to share. The lack of multiplayer will disappoint some, but EA seems confident of its decision." Seems like EA doesn't need millions more in profits & are happy enough with the 1.8 billion they made in gross profits last year. Doesn't sound like they have any clue what players really want & frankly doesn't seem like they care.