EA and Maxis officially announced The Sims 5 today during the Behind The Sims Summit stream, though the studios don’t call it that. We heard rumors that The Sims would be announced in October and it looks like those rumors have come true.
The “next-gen Sims game” is known as Project Rene, a phrase “chosen to recall words like renewal, rebirth, and rebirth to represent the developer’s renewed commitment to the bright future of The Sims,” according to the official press. release. We’ll still call it The Sims 5 though.
The Behind The Sims Summit stream also gave us a “very early behind-the-scenes” look at “what Project Rene will become,” and will no doubt delight Sims builders. Not only can you potentially change the size of objects, but also their patterns, colors (presented as a color wheel like in The Sims 3 “create a style”), and even shapes. But what really got me (and no doubt others) excited were the advanced placement tools shown in the short clip. Cushions can be rotated, titled, and moved in ways previously only possible with The Sims 4 cheats, often interfering with actual gameplay.
The Sims 5 will also give Simmers the option to play alone or collaborate with others via “compatible devices,” but it’s unclear how exactly EA and Maxis will flesh out that feature. It looks like you can pull building items from the game on your mobile device, and it will be reflected in the game on every platform connected to it. But will The Sims 5 be full multiplayer in a shared world like The Sims 4 multiplayer? Will there be crossplay? We don’t have any details yet, but that’s likely because EA and Maxis have stated that The Sims 5’s journey has just begun and will take place “for years to come.”
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