The Sims 4 moves into fall 2014

Let your Sims 3 families know that this time next year they're getting evicted. Maxis and Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims 4 will release in fall 2014, and officially opened pre-orders for the life-simulating PC game.

The Limited Edition, which includes the Life of the Party pack, is available as a free upgrade for pre-ordering the $60 package. The Origin-exclusive $70 Digital Deluxe edition also includes Up All Night bonus content.

The Sims 4 adds a new drag-and-drop Sim editor and easier-to-use construction tools. The lives of its digital denizens will now be influenced by their shifting emotions--Sims can either let their moods control them or capitalize on them with a little help from players.

Again, no, it won't need to be online.