Farming Simulator 21 – When Will it Arrive?

(Updated January 22, 2020) The short answer? It won’t. At least not this year. Read more.

Will there be a Farming Simulator 21? If so, what will the FS21 release date be?

It’s about five months since Farming Simulator 19 was released. We’re sure that questions like those above have started to pop up in the back of the head of many farm sim players.

A lot of players are (contrary to popular belief) pleased with FS19. That does not stop them from thinking about what Farming Simulator 21 will be like. And when they will get their hands on the new game?

Well, few if anyone outside Giants Software, know anything about the next game in the FS franchise. Heck, we don’t even know if there will be a Farming Simulator 21 at all.

FS21? FS22? Or Maybe a New Business Model?

First of all, let’s take a look at the PC version of the Farming Simulator games. Here are when the different installments were released:

  • Farming Simulator 2008April 2008.
  • Farming Simulator 2009August 2009.
  • Farming Simulator 2011October 2010.
  • Farming Simulator 2013October 2012.
  • Farming Simulator 2015October 2014.
  • Farming Simulator 17October 2016.
  • Farming Simulator 19November 2018.

Do you see the pattern? Since FS2011 each new game has been released almost exactly two years after the previous version. And with the exemption of the first two games, all titles have had a launch late in the year.

Based on this, it’s pretty obvious to say that Farming Simulator 21 will be released in late fall, 2020. Or one and a half year from now.

But we are not convinced this pattern will repeat itself forever. We won’t rule out a change, starting with the next version of the game.

Damn Two-Year Cycle

Farming Simulator 19 received a fair share of heat when it was released. Many players, especially the old-timers that have been around since 2008 and 2009, felt the game was rushed. Unfinished. Many blamed the two-year release cycle, calling for an extended release interval.

And yes, the game was plagued with bugs on release day. And key features, like the landscaping mode, were implemented at a later stage.

Although Giants has not stated publicly that the game wasn’t finished when they released it, it sure felt it would have benefitted from more development time.

The modern FS games are very complex. A lot is going on under the hood. Maybe too much for a two-year release schedule?

Of course, we’re only speculating. But it won’t come as a surprise if we get Farming Simulator 22 for PC and console in 2021, instead of FS21 in 2020.

The SCS Way

Screenshot from American Truck Simulator. Credits: SCS Software.

SCS Software is another simulator game developer that enjoys massive success. Both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator have been massive successes for the company. But the SCS business model is significantly different from that of Giants Software.

Instead of releasing a new game every second year, SCS sells expansion packs.

American Truck Simulator is basically the same game today as it was when it released in 2016. But the game has grown thanks to the release of several DLCs that opens up new states for the digital trucker to drive in.

The same procedure is used for ETS2.

Farming Simulator 1?

The Farming Simulator games could be a great candidate for a business model similar to the one of SCS Software. Instead of launching brand new games every now and then, Giants could be selling access to new maps, vehicles, tools and gameplay mechanisms. The game engine could still be updated with new technology and features.

Again, it’s only us speculating… But what if there won’t be a Farming Simulator 21? Or 22?

What if we get Farming Simulator 1 instead? A new farm sim platform creating the foundation for lots of DLCs and expansion packs to come for many years into the future?

When Will We Know?

Martin Rabl (GIANTS Software PR & Marketing Manager) introducing Farming Simulator 19 at the 2018 What’s Next event.

All speculations aside… When will we know if there will be a Farming Simulator 21? And when will Giants most likely announce a release date?

Well, one opportunity for Giants to tell us more would be FarmCon 19 later this year. But we believe the company will stay clear of talks about a new game. They probably have more DLCs to sell before focusing on the next installment…

Our best guess is that we’ll learn more during Focus Home Interactive’s annual press meeting ‘What’s Next’ early in 2020. We first learned about FS19 from the event that was held in February 2018. And FS17 were announced during the 2016 edition of that same event…

So, in the first quarter of 2020, we should know more…

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