(Updated January 22, 2020) You can skip reading. Giants Software has just confirmed there won’t be a new game in 2020. Read more.
If you’ve played more than one Farming Simulator game, you probably know that the games are released in a two-year cycle. Farming Simulator 2013 was released in 2012. FS 2015 came in 2014. FS17 in 2016 and FS19 in 2018.
So, it would be fair to assume that the next game will be released later this year, right?
Well, Giants Software hasn’t said anything about the next game, except for this:
“FS20 won’t come to PS4 (or XB1, or PC) because it’s our mobile game. FS21 will be the next one for PC, PS4 and XB1.”O5-Chris
This post was made by Chris “O5-Chris” Stumpfer, one of Giants’ community managers, in the official FS forum some time ago. The post has later been edited, removing the bit about FS21.
“Giants: New Content in H2”
It’s time I talk about Focus Home Interactive (FHI). The French company is the primary publisher of the Farming Simulator games. No, it doesn’t own Giants Software. It assists in marketing and selling the game.
FHI is a publicly traded company. A couple of times each year, it updates its investors on the earnings and upcoming projects. The latest update reveals that Giants will release “New Content” in the second half of the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
NHE’s financial year starts on April 1st. This would mean that Giants “New Content” will be released somewhere between October 1st, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
FS21 this Fall?
Let’s speculate. Putting the clues together would lead to the conclusion that FS 21 releases in the Fall later this year, right? All the previous installments (since FS 2009) have been released in October or November. Well, there is a couple of unknowns that makes the guessing game harder.
First, the investor update doesn’t specifically say Farming Simulator 21, just “New Content.” In other words, no one has confirmed that the H2 release is FS21. Could it be a DLC instead?
Secondly, both the new PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are confirmed for the Holiday “window” of 2020. This would probably mean a November release for both consoles. If the “New Content” actually is FS21, how will Giants time the release to make the game available on both the current generation of consoles plus the next?
When Will We Know?
Focus Home Interactive usually holds its annually “What’s Next?” press event in the late Winter/early Spring. If there’s going to be an event later this year, we’ll probably get the confirmation we’re waiting for then.