The Sims 4 will be released worldwide in autumn 2014 for PC, EA and Maxis have announced.

EA had previously planned to launch the game in the first quarter of 2014, and hasn't given a reason for the delay.

"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."

Pre-order The Sims 4 to receive the Limited Edition which includes The Sims 4 Life of the Party Digital Content.

Source: Press release