Your predictions - the rest of TS3's packs
So we've been in the back half of the expansion/stuff pack releases for a year or so now, so what do you think the remaining packs are going to contain before TS4 is released?
Keeping in mind that EA have registered domain names up to EP10 and there's room for 19 more icons on the TS3 launcher, how many more expansion and stuff packs do you think will be released, what do you think they will feature, and how long after the last one do you think TS4 will be released?
I think we'll have something like this: (colour-coded for convenience!)
I'm pretty much convinced that TS4 will be announced at E3 2013 and then released in late 2014, which leaves room for 4 more expansion packs for TS3. From the info we have, EP7 is all but confirmed to be magic and EP8 looks like it will be seasons.
Based on some of the surveys EA has been doing, they're thinking about vacations, university, theme parks, farms and reality TV. I think university would make a good EP9, and a proper vacation-themed pack to end the game with. Different from WA in that they'd take place in generic locations (beach, mountains and snow please!) and there'd be stuff like actual hotels. It'd also mirror WA quite nicely, being the first and last expansion packs released for the game. University would work really well given the open world, you could properly explore the campus instead of being confined to a single lot like TS2.
EA have also been hinting at a teen-themed stuff pack, so that'll probably arrive somewhere on the line. A sports-themed SP would probably be made to compliment a university-themed EP, and a party-themed one to go with Seasons (which will hopefully include holidays and festivals and such). I threw Mansions and Gardens in there because it was an awesome way to send off TS2 and some new plants/flowers/rocks/etc. would be nice.