Development on The Sims 5 (codenamed Project Rene) is ongoing, and Electronic Arts recently shared a lot of information about the game, such as how the free-to-play platform works and the game’s content monetization capabilities. Although The Sims 4 continues to be supported by regular updates, many players would say that the game has reached its limits, both from a technical and creative perspective. Many expansion packs for The Sims 4 also make the game quite expensive for many people, even though it has become a free-to-play game. Most players are waiting for something new.
Electronic Arts has revealed glimpses of the gameplay through its Behind the Sims YouTube series, giving players an idea of how The Sims 5 will address some of the franchise’s gameplay, such as Building mode, style, customization hair, interactions with the Sims, and even the direction of the game’s user interface. While the response to these revelations has been largely positive, the Sims community is concerned that The Sims 5 will be even more “gory” than its predecessor.
In the latest Behind the Sims video, the developers finally revealed their plans for implementing Project René. This will be a F2P title from the start and will support the same content packs as The Sims 4. Project René will likely have fewer features than its predecessor, but initially, The Sims 5 will borrow features from The Sims 4. As revealed in the video , many of the features in Season 5 will be free updates added to the game, rather than having to purchase premium content.
The Sims 5 focuses on accessibility, creating an environment where players can experience new features with friends. By lowering the barrier to entry and establishing a core experience that can reach all players, the developers hope to strike the perfect balance and build a healthy foundation for the game to grow.