The Sims 5 is officially in the works and it will include multiplayer features

16 November 2023, 10:25

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Katie Louise Smith

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Project Rene teases collaborative play, and a huge advanced customising menu that allows users to create like never before.

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It's official: The next generation of The Sims is finally in the works! Yes, The Sims 5 is officially on the horizon and it already looks promising. The latest updates? The base game will be entirely free to download when it's released – and it will include a multiplayer option!

A very early sneak peek at the new game, with the working title 'Project Rene', was unveiled at the Behind The Sims Summit on October 18th 2022.

"We are building the next generation Sims game and creative platform. Reimagining the Sims you know and love, with new ways to play. This is the future of The Sims built on a foundation of charming sims, powerful tools and meaningful stories," Lyndsay Pearson (VP of Franchise Creative for The Sims) revealed.

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She continued: "This future requires us to stay true to what The Sims has always been while pushing to evolve how those Sims think and behave, to push tools even further when creating and customising, and to explore innovative ways to not only tell stories but to collaborate on those stories or creations with your closest friends across your favourite devices."

Here's everything we know about The Sims 5 so far...

The Sims 5 is in the works under the title Project Rene
The Sims 5 is in the works under the title Project Rene. Picture: EA

The Sims 5 will be free to download when it's released.

In the latest Behind The Sims update, Lyndsay Pearson confirmed that, when it's released, The Sims 5 base game will available for everyone to download completely free of charge.

"We intend for Project Rene to be free-to-download, and that means, that when it's ready and fully open to our players, you'll be able to join, and play, and explore Project Rene without a subscription, without core game purchase or energy mechanics," she said.

The Sims 5 core game "definitely won't start with everything you have in The Sims 4", but will "add new experiences and content over time." The core game will also receive regular free updates, much like The Sims 4, but packs will eventually cost money to add to the game.

Unlike The Sims 4 though, basic game play features like weather will be included in the free core game. Those features will then be built upon in more detail in the paid-for content packs.

"It's a little early to know exactly where we'll draw the lines," she continued. "But it's important for us to lower those barriers to play and give everyone the broadest shared systems because that feels like the best foundation to grow from."

The Sims 5 will be multiplayer, and will allow you to play with other Simmers.

At long last, The Sims 5 will be a collaborative game, allowing Simmers to play and share their builds and creations with others – and not just through the gallery. You can play with friends on various stories and build worlds together, or you can continue to play solo.

Project Rene game director Grant Rodiek teased the multiplayer feature in January 2023: "You can play on your own, on your terms, and then again, when you want on your terms, you can invite others to come and play with you."

In a new interview with Radio Times, Lyndsay Pearson discussed the plans further, saying: "We definitely want to introduce multiplayer. And not multiplayer in the big, scary 'jump in a world full of strangers' kind of way. But literally, how do you and your friends want to do some play together?"

"Because playing together can look like so many different things, right?," she continued. "Even our chat now, we've talked about, like, trivia games to fighting games to racing games, playing together and social can mean so many things."

She also revealed that Animal Crossing's collaborative features are also inspiring The Sims 5's new multiplayer options. She said developers "talk about Animal Crossing all the time, because it is such a good example of my little space, my little island, but I can invite you over".

"And we've seen throughout the last few years of Animal Crossing, people inventing ways to play together that the game doesn't specifically support, but they've made up scavenger hunts or whatever, which is amazing."

The Sims 5 will include a lot more advanced creative options for furniture and layouts.

Based on the very brief first look that we've seen of Project Rene, it seems like the next generation of The Sims will contain a lot more advanced creative options to customise individual items of furniture and interior layouts for your builds.

Project Rene showed a player customising the patterns and colours of a sofa from a huge menu of options (including a colour wheel!), as well as placing and layering separate cushions on top.

The Sims 5 will allow players to play the game across devices.

It looks like users will be able to play the game across multiple devices, too. The preview teased a player using their phone and their computer at the same time while customising a build within the same world and story.

When does The Sims 5/Project Rene come out?

Well, as explained in the live-stream, Project Rene is the working title, and the new generation is still several years off being released to the general public.

In the teaser, Pearson said: "Over the next couple of years, we will continue sharing updates with all of you on Project Rene. We'll share in-progress work, explorations, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes content as well as start to open up early access Project Rene software to small groups over time."

It's likely that people who are Playtesters for The Sims will be able to trial the updates first.

So, if you've only just invested in the The Sims 4, or you're still not done playing with that one just yet, there's no need to worry. The Sims 5 will probably not be released for quite a while yet.

And when it is released, it's been confirmed by EA that the two games will exists side-by-side and will both be supported at the same time.

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