Electronic Arts announced Monday that The Sims 4 is currently in development and will be released in 2014. It's coming to both OS X and Windows.
The Sims turns 13 this year. The game, originally developed by Maxis, took the SimCity concept and moved it inside the house: players affect the behavior and interaction of individual simulated people called Sims. It's been an extraordinarily popular franchise, generating a number of spinoffs, three major releases and seemingly countless add-on packs that extend gameplay. EA claims The Sims is the most successful simulation game ever, with more than 150 million copies sold worldwide.
EA is cagey about what to expect in the new version, though the company said the game will include "new and intuitive tools" with sharing abilities. If you're concerned about a repeat of EA's rocky release of recently rebooted SimCity game and its requirement for a persistent online connection in order to work, the company notes that The Sims 4 is a "single-player offline experience."