Timeline of events in The Sims series

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There are several family lineages and storylines that span multiple games in The Sims series. These lines can be used to create a rough timeline of events in the series.

Generally speaking, the events of The Sims 3 occur the earliest in the in-universe chronology of the series, followed by the events of The Sims and then The Sims 2. For example, Bob Newbie and Betty Simovitch appear as teenagers in The Sims 3, are married in The Sims, and have had a child and have died by The Sims 2. However, there are several instances (especially with The Sims 3) where events do not seem to agree with the in-universe chronology. There are several player theories which attempt to resolve these discrepancies, as well as some canonical alternatives, such as time travel in The Sims 3: Into the Future. The Sims 4 does not follow the in-universe chronology of the series, but does have some returning families, making it seem like an alternative universe.

Every one of The Sims game takes place in SimNation. In the series, SimNation is shown to be set around the 1990s, 2000s, or possibly even further on. An official interview[1] with Bella Goth shows that she was abducted in the summer of 2004, meaning that The Sims 2 is probably set in or after 2004, placing The Sims 3 in 1954 and The Sims in 1979. However, if we were to keep consistent with technology and place The Sims 3 in 2009, then The Sims would be in 2034 and The Sims 2 in 2059. It shows modern, real-life technology such as TVs, cars, and computers - but also some futuristic, advanced technology such as Servo[TS:LL][TS2:OFB] and the Teleportation Pad[TS3]. The locations of The Sims games could be anywhere in the world, or even in a completely different universe altogether.

Original timeline[edit | edit source]

When trying to construct a timeline such as this, order of events often has to be inferred, or outright guessed-at, so the list for any period may not be in exact chronological order. Regardless, below is an incomplete timeline of the entire The Sims Series.

Long before The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

These events took place long before The Sims 3

Before The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

These events took place before The Sims 3 [4]

After The Sims 3/before The Sims[edit | edit source]

These events took place in the period between The Sims 3 [4] and The Sims. Some may have taken place "off screen" during the time frame of The Sims 3.[5]

The Sims 3 console[edit | edit source]

Some console versions seem to be set between The Sims 3 and The Sims for PC. However, it's not always certain how events in these versions fit into the main continuity.
  • The death of Malcolm's parents
  • Cassandra's disappearance
  • Malcolm and Mom's marriage
  • Birth of Dudley and Mimi Landgraab
  • Divorce of Malcolm and Mom
  • Malcolm's eviction
  • Cassandra's return
  • Malcolm Landgraab, of Sunset Valley, arrives in Moonlight Bay
  • Marriage of Malcolm Landgraab and Hannelore Landgraab
  • Birth of Adrien Landgraab.

After The Sims/before The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

These events took place in the period between The Sims and The Sims 2. Some may have taken place "off screen" during the time frame of The Sims.[6]
  • Invention of the various aspiration rewards.
  • Possible death or disappearance of Buck, Susie, Trigger, and Ruby Broke
  • Possible birth of Malcolm Landgraab IV
  • Death of Malcolm Landgraab III and Margaret Landgraab
  • Marriage of Skip Broke and Brandi Newbie
  • Death of Bob Newbie
  • Birth of Dustin Broke
  • Death of Betty Newbie
  • Marriage of Daniel Pleasant and Mary-Sue Oldie
  • Birth of the Pleasant twins, Angela and Lilith
  • Marriage of Darren Dreamer and Darleen Matlapin
  • Birth of Dirk Dreamer
  • Death of Darleen Dreamer
  • Death of Agnes Crumplebottom
  • Death of Gunther Goth
  • Birth of Alexander Goth
  • Marriage of John Burb and Jennifer Pleasant
  • Birth of Lucy Burb
  • Death of Skip Broke
  • Birth of Beau Broke
  • Marriage of Michael Bachelor and Dina Caliente
  • Death of Cornelia Goth
  • Mortimer Goth reaches the top of the Science career.
  • Death of Michael Bachelor
  • Angela dates Dustin
  • Lilith dates Dirk
  • Nina and Dina Caliente arrives in Pleasantview on the eve of Bella Goth's abduction.
  • Bella Goth gets abducted
  • Mortimer retires
  • Engagement of Don and Cassandra
  • Mortimer dates Dina.
  • Vidcund Curious and Circe Salamis date and then went steady
  • General Buzz Grunt dates Lyla Vandermorgan
  • Circe Salamis breaks up with Vidcund Curious
  • Circe Salamis dates Loki Beaker
  • Pollination Technician 9 leaves alien civilization and then dates Jenny Curious
  • Marriage of Pollination Technician 9 and Jenny Curious
  • Marriage of Buzz Grunt and Lyla Vandermorgan
  • Marriage of Loki Beaker and Circe Salamis
  • Possible birth of Nervous Subject
  • Nervous Subject is taken away by the Social Worker
  • Possible birth of Johnny Smith
  • Possible birth of Ophelia Nigmos
  • Possible birth of Tank Grunt
  • Possible birth of Ripp Grunt
  • Possible birth of Buck Grunt
  • Possible birth of Jill Smith
  • Lazlo dates Crystal Vu
  • Death of Glarn Curious
  • Abduction of Pascal Curious
  • Impregnation of Pascal Curious by Pollination
  • Lyla divorces Buzz Grunt and leaves
  • Lyla dies
  • Marriage of Olive Thanasia and Ichabod Specter
  • Death of Creon and Willow Nigmos
  • Ophelia Nigmos moves in with her aunt Olive
  • Invention of Roverbots and Hoverbots
  • Servos are re-introduced, as fully self-aware Artificial Intelligences

The Sims 2 console[edit | edit source]

These events took place after The Sims 2 for PC.

The Sims 2 Game Boy Advance[edit | edit source]

After The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

These events are confirmed to occur after The Sims 2.

Although the future of The Sims is left up to the player's imagination, some things are very likely to happen, as The Sims 2 has already "set the stage" for them. Please note that these events are not confirmed by EA and are purely speculation! Here is a list of events which could possibly happen when The Sims 2 for PC lets the player take control:

Long after The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

These events took place long after The Sims 2

Alternate timeline[edit | edit source]

In The Sims 4 and The Sims FreePlay there is an alternate timeline, meaning that things of the original timeline worked out differently. This alternate timeline possibly was created through the use of time travel with the time machine in The Sims 3: Ambitions and the time portal in The Sims 3: Into the Future.

The events of The Sims 4 are possibly set between the ones of The Sims and The Sims 2 of the original timeline.

Long before The Sims 4[edit | edit source]

These events took place long before The Sims 4

Differences from the original timeline[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20120605015012/http://thesims2.ea.com/community/bella_interview.php
  2. From reports of just over 6k year old bottles given as a reward for an adventure.
  3. He claims that his body and soul have been separated for over 3000 years.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Reference is to the base game, as later neighborhoods/worlds for The Sims 3 are not all set in the same time frame. Only Sunset Valley, Riverview, and Twinbrook are known to be set prior to both The Sims and The Sims 2.
  5. It is likely that Aurora Skies, Monte Vista, and Midnight Hollow are set somewhere in this period.
  6. It is likely that Lucky Palms is set near the beginning of this period.

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