Why Pets and Seasons May Be a Long Way Away (Long Post):
Ok so I have already seen some people complaining about the fact that we are getting this City Life pack over something like Pets or Seasons, so I’d just like to point something out:
Unleashed was the 5th (expansion) pack for the Sims 1 and was released 2 years after the base game.
Pets was the 4th (expansion) pack for the Sims 2 and was released 2 years after the base game. Seasons was the 5th (expansion) pack for the Sims 2 and was released 3 years after the base game.
Pets was the 5th expansion pack for the Sims 3 (9th pack including stuff packs) and was released 2 years after the base game. Seasons was the 8th expansion pack for the Sims 3 (15th pack including stuff packs) and was released 3 years after the base game.
At the moment for Sims 4 we are at expansion pack #3 (counting City Life) and pack #14 (counting City Life) and are 2 years on from the base game release (Sep 2nd in NA, 5th for Europe). If we look at the releases for the past games Pets has previously been around the 4th or 5th pack whilst Seasons has been a much later pack.
Of course with the Sims 4 having both Stuff Packs (something that the Sims 1 didn’t have) and Game Packs (which Sims 2 and 3 didn’t have) and the fact that EA like to make money it will most likely be a much longer wait than the 2/3 years of the past installments of the game.
Looking at the past TS4 releases so far there is this pattern:
GP (Outdoor Retreat, Jan ‘15), EP (Get To Work, April ‘15), SP (Luxury Party, May ‘15), SP (Perfect Patio, June ‘15), GP (Spa Day, Jul ‘15), SP (Cool Kitchen, Aug ‘15), SP (Spooky Stuff, Sep ‘15), EP (Get Together, Dec ‘15), SP (Movie Hangout, Jan ‘16), SP (Romantic Garden, Feb ‘16), GP (Dine Out, June ‘16), SP (Kids Stuff, June ‘16) SP (Backyard Stuff, July ‘16) and now another EP (City Life, TBD).
There is a very clear pattern (if you ignore the first 2 releases) of there being 2 stuff packs, a game pack, 2 stuff packs, an expansion pack then back to the beginning. This means that if Pets is to be the 4th expansion pack, and if EA continue with this pattern, then we will have to wait 4 more stuff packs and another game pack.
Now EA may change the pattern and release expansion packs more frequently and in that case then Pets and Seasons may be sooner than this shows but if EA does continue the way it is then people may be complaining about not getting what they want for a little while longer.
*EDIT: Also I was just thinking, EA may also not introduce Pets or Seasons in an expansion pack like in the past, but instead in a game or stuff pack, so if they do decide that route then again they may come sooner than we think.
(All info taken from Wikipedia, if anything is incorrect please let me know. Release dates based on UK release dates)