EA has announced the release window for The Sims 4, the next installment in the popular life simulation series.

The Sims 4 is currently in development at Maxis' The Sims Studio, but is set for release for Fall 2014. So within a year, expect to control the lives of a cast of Sims once more, now with more emotion and intelligence, making them more lifelike as a result.

Rachel Franklin, Vice President and General Manager of The Sims Studio, said, "The Sims franchise has the best fans in the world and their passion and enthusiasm is at an all-time high.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 autumn 2014.”

You can lay down a pre-order for The Sims 4 now on the official The Sims site. Those who pre-order will receive the Limited Edition version of the game, which comes with the Party Digital Content.