The Sims 5 has been officially announced.
During the Behind the Sims Summit today’s event (October 18), Lyndsay Pearson, Vice President of Franchise Creative for The Sims, confirmed after much speculation that the next core game in the franchise is in development.
Pearson explained that the game, which has the working title Rene ProjectIt’s still a few years away, but the team wanted to reveal what they were working on so the Simmers could get involved.
“We have a growing team focused on this game, working together The Sims 4 and mobile teams,” he said. “And now we want to share this with you before ever because we want you to be a part of our development journey.
“Explore different ways of playing The Sims it requires us to commit to different ways of building it. Today marks the beginning of our journey for years to come.”
Explaining why the team chose the working title “Project Rene,” Pearson said, “We chose ‘Project Rene’ because it calls to mind words like ‘renewal’, ‘rebirth’, ‘rebirth’, and represents our renewed commitment to The Sims.
“And that’s what we’re doing, we’re ushering in a new future for The Sims with a new gaming experience and more”.
A sneak peek of some of the concepts they were developing, with more advanced creative tools, was also shown.
One player was seen customizing individual items, such as the headboard and footboard of a bed and the shape and placement of cushions on a sofa. You can choose the colors and patterns of the pieces, even with the use of a color wheel.
There is a collaborative component. also, allowing Simmers to share their creations with others. There seem to be privacy settings, so you can choose to play alone or with close friends if you like.
And it seems that the game can be played on various compatible devices. In preview, a player could be seen customizing a single build on a computer and phone at the same time.
“Over the next two years, we will continue to share updates with all of you about Porject Rene,” Pearson concluded. “We’ll be sharing work-in-progress, scans, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes content, and we’ll start opening up early access Project Rene software to small groups over time.
“This is very early days for us, and we have never shared information about our games years before they are released to the world, but we are very excited to take you on this journey with us.”
The revelation comes the day The Sims 4base game goes permanently freeeight years after its original release in 2014.
The Sims 4 is available for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.