Maxis, the company that made The Sims 4, has said that the next version of The Sims is on the way. This new version, which is currently called Project Rene, is meant to be “like words like renewal, renaissance, and rebirth,” and it shows the team’s “renewal of commitment to The Sims’ bright future.”
Maxis gave fans their first look at The Sims 5 at the Behind The Sims Summit on October 18. During the presentation, the team showed a few minutes of gameplay, focusing on showing off all the features coming to the game’s build mode. In the past, The Sims games have been based on a grid-based design system. However, the next game in the series seems to be getting rid of this in favour of letting players place items wherever they want. Like in The Sims 3, players will also be able to change the way things look. But this new build mode doesn’t just let players change the colours and patterns of items; they can also change the number of pillows on their Sims’ couch.
As of now, the studio hasn’t said anything about how characters can be changed, how The Sims 5 will look, or how the game will be played. Maxis said that the game will stay true to what The Sims has always been, but that The Sims 5 will change how Sims think and act and give players “even more ways to play, tools to encourage creativity, and the ability to tell meaningful stories.” The upcoming game will also let players play alone or with others, and players on different consoles will be able to play with each other and make progress together.
The Sims boss Lyndsay Pearson said, “From the beginning, The Sims set the standard for life simulation games, and it has continued to grow into an amazing place for creativity and self-expression.” “Today is the first day of our journey over the next few years as we work on this next game and creative platform, which we are currently calling Project Rene. We’re building on the same things that have made The Sims fun for generations of players and pushing the limits to make new things happen. As the game’s development and milestones move forward, we’ll have a lot more to talk about.”
Maxis kept saying throughout the presentation that Project Rene is still in its very early stages of development. But over the next few years, the team plans to share updates and work that is still in progress. They will also use player feedback to help improve the game.
In addition to The Sims 5, the Behind The Sims Summit showed that there will be a number of other changes to The Sims series. This includes a new place for The Sims 4 players to download mods and user-generated content thanks to a partnership with Overwolf, a mod manager and discovery platform for user-generated content. There will also be updates to The Sims Freeplay and The Sims Mobile.
In other The Sims news, players can now download The Sims 4 for free on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC through Steam, Origin, and the EA app.
Project Rene was announced at a very important time for the franchise. The base game of The Sims 4, which came out in 2014, will be free starting today. This could bring a lot of new people to the series.