Electronic Arts, Maxis announces "The Sims 4"

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Electronic Arts and Maxis announced Monday that "The Sims 4" is currently in development.

The blockbuster life simulation game lets players create virtual people with needs, build homes and simulate real life.

There are no additional details on how the game might change in its next iteration. On its website EA only hinted at new tools and sharing.

"The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans," EA staff said in a blog post.

The game will be the successor to "The Sims 3," which launched in 2009, and will continue to be developed by Maxis. The Sims franchise is one of the most successful video game series of all time. EA reports that over 150 million copies of the game have been sold.

EA says "The Sims 4" is planned for release in 2014 for PCs and Macs. There are no details on whether or not video game consoles will get a version of the game. EA did not immediately respond to CBS News' request for comment.

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