The Sims 5 has finally been announced. And to our surprise, Electronic Arts has started rolling out a few features for the next mainstream Sims game.
After making the base game Sims 4 free-to-play and striving to continue updating gameplay and DLC, Maxis also says it’s actively developing Sims 5, although that might not be the game’s final title.
Unlike past Sims developments, Maxis aims to showcase some developing features years in advance. So while we still have a lot Of the open-ended questions about the next Sims game, we’ve got our guesses answered. Here’s everything we know about the next Sims game, including new features. (and its return) early gameplay footage and rumors about multiplayer
Is Project Rene the name of The Sims 5?
for now yes But probably not forever. As Maxis describes it, Project Rene is the codename for the next Sims game. These are usually used internally to discuss the game before it is announced. But sometimes developers use these names in public too. Think Riot’s. Project LFor example, let’s say that the next Sims game won’t be called “Project Rene” or “The Sims 5” and will have a completely different name that conveys how Maxis calls the “next generation” of Sims. and “Creative Platform”
Does The Sims 5 have a release date?
Electronic Arts has yet to specify a release date or year for the next Sims game. When Project Rene was first announced in October 2022, Maxis said it planned to share an overview of the development. “Over the next few years” so we can safely assume that The Sims 5 won’t be released earlier. at least 2024.
Another detail worth noting about The Sims 5 is that Maxis is expected to last a long time. while When it finally debuted, The Sims 4 was released in 2014, and it seems Electronic Arts expects the “next generation” of The Sims to last at least as long as it does. I have the privilege to help lead this franchise into the next decade and beyond.” During Project Rene’s exposure, it was a common term in many organizations. But it feels safe to assume that the next Sims games will last a lifetime.
Let’s take a look at some of the early Sims 5 gameplays.
As Maxis said, the clip shown during the 2022 Behind the Sims Summit is in the early stages of development. This is unlikely to reflect the final gameplay or visual style. but in a loose sense We saw a few early gameplay footage.
Here are some of the features we’ve seen:
- The Create-A-Style tool from Sims 3 is back.
- Cross-platform multiplayer build mode
- Uploading custom furniture layouts to the gallery.
- modular furniture fixes including accent pieces
- multi-axis rotation at least for the accent piece
The Return of Create-A-Style It’s a win for Build mode fans, especially with the addition of modular parts. at the first revelation We’ve seen that players will be able to swap parts such as the headboard and footboard of the bed separately. and can edit the style and color as well Another improvement on old-style tools is the ability to add sounds, such as throw pillows and blankets on the sofa. We see a lot of that in Project Rene’s introductory video.
The first revelation that players have made a few more speculations about is whether the apartment type will be part of the next Sims base game. The first footage we saw made the edited area look like a unit connected to the rest.
Will The Sims 5 have multiplayer?
The Sims 5 will have multiplayer in some regions, yes, but Maxis hasn’t been specific about the scope of what it calls. “Collaboration”
“With Project Rene, we wanted to make it easier to collaborate and share. You can choose to play and build on your own or with your best friends,” Pearson said during the Project Rene reveal, so we know you can choose how much you want to play online.
At the Sims Summit in 2022, developers showcased cross-platform play between PC and mobile. Both devices seem to fix the same room at once by placing furniture.
When it comes to live multiplayer, we don’t know what Maxis is planning. What we heard is some of the comments from Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson during the 2020 financial call.
“While Maxis still thinks of The Sims for a new generation—cross-platform and the clouds of the neighborhood world. You should imagine as we stay true to inspiration, escape, creation. self development and our motivation is always—that this Concepts of social interaction and competition, such as those that actually existed in The Sims Online years ago. They will begin to be part of the The Sims experience in the coming years,” Wilson said.
An interesting part of Wilson’s answer that we don’t yet know is the The naming of Sims Online leaves us wondering if EA and Maxis are truly filming a new MMO Sims game. This seems unlikely. But there is no doubt that the next Sims games will have some kind of online play.