Excited for The Sims 5? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Thankfully, and after many, many years of waiting, EA has finally shown a first look at The Sims 5. It’s called Project Rene for now, a name that will almost certainly change and is confirmed to be in early development.
What we do know for sure is that The Sims 5 signals the next generation of The Sims, with a focus on design that seems to allow for better multiplayer functionality and some seriously updated customization tools. Things are still very early on and subject to change as development progresses, but it sure feels good to finally get a glimpse into the future of the franchise.
Unfortunately, while we have some details about The Sims 5, we still have no idea when it will be released. The Sims 4, of course, is still going strong. There are expansions, stuff packs and mods keeping things interesting for the current player base. But it’s been eight years since the base game The Sims 4 was released, so naturally the fanbase is hungry for the next step in the series.
Now that we’ve seen The Sims 5 for the first time, there’s certainly a lot to discuss. From gameplay to breaking news, here’s what we know so far.
The Sims 5: Get straight to the point
- What is it: The next main game The Sims
- When is it released: To confirm
- Which platform will it be on: TBC, although we expected PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X | s
The Sims 5 release date and platform
As it stands, The Sims 5 is apparently not too far off, with EA having recently confirmed that Project Rene is in ‘early stages of development’, during a Behind The Sims Summit. (opens in new tab)
Keep in mind that the gap between previous iterations of The Sims is also often long. The Sims 3 was released in 2009, after which The Sims 4 was released in 2014. That means this is the longest time we’ve ever gone without a new Sims main game. However, it stands to reason that The Sims 4 is still going through its lifecycle and EA isn’t done with it yet.
It’s worth noting that EA continued releasing expansions for The Sims 3 until October 2013, even after announcing The Sims 4 in May 2013 for release in September 2014. Additionally, EA is now offering The base game Sims 4 as a free download for all new players.
So while the continued release of expansions shows that EA isn’t done with The Sims 4 yet, that doesn’t mean it isn’t actively working on The Sims 5. Quite the contrary, as we learned recently after taking our first look at the game.
As for what platforms we expect to see The Sims 5 on, historically, the main entries have always been released on PC first. Given that this will be a “next-gen” experience, that effectively excludes the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Instead, we imagine it’s coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X | S.
The Sims 5 Gameplay: What Will It Be Like?
Thanks to Project Rene’s recent tease, we have a better idea of what The Sims 5’s gameplay might end up looking like. To begin with, detailed editing tools were displayed. A bed was broken piece by piece and built, with the customization looking much deeper than we’ve seen in the series so far. Next up was a sofa, and we saw patterns being applied to individual pieces. Interestingly, edits made were saved to a PC and mobile game file, revealing that there would be shared elements for The Sims 5 across multiple platforms.
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said in January 2020 that the next game in The Sims series could feature both single-player and multiplayer elements. He went on to say that there may be elements of The Sims Online added to the next title.
“As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – across platforms in a cloud-enabled world – you might imagine that while we always remain true to our motivations of inspiration, escape, creation and self-improvement, It’s this notion of social interactions and competition – like the kind of things that were really present in The Sims Online many, many years ago – that they will start to become part of the ongoing Sims experience for years to come,” Wilson said at The Sims. Community website.
He continued: “We are very excited. This is a game that really has no competition in its category for delivering and fulfilling those motivations for players, and we think it’s a tremendous growth opportunity for us for many, many years to come.”
During Project Rene’s recent reveal, EA confirmed that a key design focus is “making it easier to work together and share”.
Sims with multiplayer components can be a big selling point for fans of the series. There have been many occasions when playing The Sims that we’ve wanted to start a new family in a game and have friends come together to take on their respective characters and all play together while simultaneously living the virtual co-op experience.
This feature was used in The Sims 2 on PS2 consoles to great effect, allowing two players to create one character each and live together in the same house, sharing the same screen; It was excellent.
The Sims 5 news and rumors
Rene Project Revelation
the mentioned Behind The Sims Summit (opens in new tab) showed us our first look at The Sims 5. It’s called Project Rene for now, and it’s the ‘next generation’ of The Sims, with EA showing a brief glimpse of what we can expect. A focus on shared gameplay and some returning features from The Sims 3 made the headlines. No release window was given, and the project was said to be ‘in early development’.
Will it make use of AI technology?
ONE patent registered by EA in April 2020 and approved in October 2021 reveals that AI technology can be used in The Sims to turn photos of people into in-game characters.
reported by sims community (opens in new tab)the patent discusses the AI technology, explaining that it will allow players to upload photos of themselves or characters, which can then be converted into an accurate Sim.
While the first Sims game allowed you to place an image of a face on a character model in the Sims Creator, the results often left something to be desired. This AI technology could be a more effective way to really build your image in the game, although there are no examples available at the moment to showcase its capabilities.
EA holds the definitive patent, so we’ll have to wait and see how and if they implement the technology. It’s also unclear if this will be implemented in The Sims 4, which is expected to have new content produced for a few years, or if development is far enough away for The Sims 5 to be where it makes its debut.
EA continues to improve The Sims 4
Following the release of The Sims 4: Cottage Living expansion, EA Maxis didn’t reveal exactly what their future plans for The Sims 4 look like, but the developer did state in March 2021 blog post (opens in new tab) that its roadmap “remains focused on improving the content that is in the game”. He didn’t entirely rule out the idea of future expansions that could involve “werewolves, fairies and zombies”.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for a The Sims 5 release anytime soon, and we’ll likely be lucky to get our hands on it before 2024. The Sims 4 has been in development for over three years, so it makes sense that in the meantime, EA Maxis continues to maintain The Sims 4. It is making improvements to the base game for those who have already spent their hard-earned money on it, kits, game packs, and expansions.
Sims Sessions – a sign of things to come?
During the months of May, June, and July 2021, EA hosted a Summer of Sims, providing updates, events, and a new expansion, Cottage Life, for The Sims 4. There was even an in-game music festival as part of this. summer of events called Sims Sessions, where owning The Sims 4 was all it took to join in on the fun. While the event was a jumble of things, we can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign of things to come for The Sims franchise.
It was in 2020 that Andrew Wilson mentioned elements of “social interaction and competition” becoming “part of the ongoing Sims experience for years to come”, and more recently, EA’s Laura Miele said that EA wanted to “build the tools for the people play life together.” This community event, with its real-life artists and out-of-game hashtag TikTok, certainly had elements of the social connection component that EA seems interested in supporting.
Teasing the future?
It looks like EA is teasing The Sims 5. While talking to Geoff Keighley on VentureBeatBeat Summit 2021 Games (opens in new tab) EA studio director Laura Miele provided indirect confirmation that the “next generation” of the Sims franchise is underway, with an apparent focus on the “breeding ground” of social and online elements.
“We’re going to build the tools for people to play with life – that’s our brand, simulation – and the idea for people to play with life together,” she said.
“We had The Sims Online that came out in 2002, which I can’t believe, and I think we were certainly ahead of our time.
“And I think 20 years later, we’ve learned a lot about how players interact, what motivates them, and how players can team up cooperatively, and as you can imagine, as we think about the next generation of The Sims, it’s super important for us to have the best tools, more flexibility and for players to really expand their creativity [and] remix items and objects in the world.
“And then do it together. I think this is one of our biggest opportunities with The Sims – the social connection component that we need to bring to this brand and this franchise. The team is hard at work on the next generation of this experience.”
Will The Sims 5 come to console?
As it stands, there’s no concrete information on The Sims 5’s platforms, but we can probably expect it to come to PS5 and Xbox Series X during its lifespan – which is typically a long one if previous Sims games are anything to go by. .
Historically, Sims games have been available on PC and then slightly reworked for consoles and other systems. We expect this to be the case for The Sims 5. The Sims 4 launched on PC in 2014, only available on consoles in 2017, so be prepared for a significant gap when it comes to porting the PC version to console.