The Sims 5 is officially in the works and the first look has been revealed

19 October 2022, 12:16

By Katie Louise Smith

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.

A very early sneak peek at the new game, with the working title 'Project Rene', has been confirmed as the next iteration of The Sims.

In the teaser unveiled at the Behind The Sims Summit on October 18th, Lyndsay Pearson (VP of Franchise Creative for The Sims) revealed what the future of The Sims is set to look like.

"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."

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."

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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 features: Everything teased in the Project Rene first look

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.

At long last, The Sims 5 will also 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, or you can continue to play solo.

As well as all of that, it looks like users will be able to play the game across multiple devices. The preview teased a player using their phone and their computer at the same time while customising a build.

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.

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