Electronic Arts didn’t reveal The Sims 5 during today’s Behind The Sims Summit Livestream, or at least not in so many words. It’s still revealing the next Sims game as “the future of The Sims,” but has given it a working title: “Project Rene.”
EA’s VP of franchise creative for The Sims, Lyndsay Pearson, referring to Project Rene during the Livestream as the “next generation Sims game and creative platform,” before showing a glimpse of some of the editing tools and cross-platform play.
The next Sims game looks like it will be bringing back an expanded version of the Create-A-Style tool from The Sims 3. I’m thrilled because that’s basically the one thing I want from The Sims 5. Maxis revealed how the individual parts of a piece of furniture can have a selected pattern, material, custom colors, and even modular pieces like various couch backings or bed headboards. Oh, and it looks like you can rotate some objects on the Z-axis, which Sims 4 players can only do by using a mod.
In its blog post about the livestream, Maxis says “players will have the choice to play solo or collaborate with others, and will have the ability to play their game across supported devices,” referencing the live decoration editing between desktop and mobile shown during the show. The “collaborate” bit is less clear. Maxis could be planning full-on multiplayer of some kind, but so far hasn’t been specific about the scope.
Pearson explains that Project Rene, whatever its true name ends up being, it’s still a few years away.
“Over the next couple of years, we’ll continue sharing updates with all of you on Project Rene,” Pearson says. “We’ll share in-progress work, explorations, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes content, as well as start to open up early access to Project Rene software to little groups over time.
“This is super early for us and we’ve never shared information about our games years before they launch to the world but we’re so excited to take you on this journey with us.”