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The Sims 4 delayed to fall 2014 worldwide release window

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The Sims 4 will be released worldwide in fall 2014, a delay from its previously targeted launch window, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

Though developer Maxis' game never had an official release date, EA disclosed in a May 2013 financial briefing (PDF link) that it expected to release The Sims 4 "in early 2014."

Pre-orders for the $59.99 Limited Edition of the game are now available on the series' official website and will net purchasers the Limited Edition, which will include the Life of the Party digital content. An Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe version is also available for $69.99 and also includes the Up All Night digital content as well as additional other, unannounced extras.

"The Sims franchise has the best fans in the world and their passion and enthusiasm is at an all-time high," said Rachel Franklin, VP and general manager of The Sims Studio. "Those millions of voices will fuel our development process, helping The Sims 4 to be the most ambitious and the best game our studio has ever made. We can't wait to see our fans reaction when The Sims 4 comes out in fall 2014."

EA revealed the game, which is in development for Windows PC and Mac, in May 2013. For more on The Sims 4, be sure to read our interview with VP and executive producer Rachel Franklin from Gamescom 2013.