During this year’s The Sims Summit, EA celebrated its long-running and massively popular series with a showcase of all things The Sims.
Coinciding with the re-launch of The Sims 4’s base game as a completely free product, the summit also highlighted that work is ongoing for the current series iteration, including new worlds and builds, new platforms for mods and custom content and even overhauled babies*.
Improvements to the Sims 4 (and The Sims Freeplay) aside, the publisher also took the opportunity to give fans a very early inside look at the next evolution of The Sims. Codenamed Project Rene, the title is still in its incubating stages and is expected to be in development for the next several years. VP of Franchise Creative for The Sims, Lyndsay Pearson, describes the project as “the future of The Sims, built on a foundation of charming Sims, powerful tools, and meaningful stories.”
In the Sims Summit event video below, you can catch a glimpse at early workings of some of the game’s customisation in action, which looks incredibly comprehensive. Whether it’s picking the upholstery colours and patterns on couches, selecting different bed heads or even placing individual cushions it’s clear that EA has listened to fans asking for the The Sims 3’s suite of customisation features to make a return and is going above and beyond:
The game will seemingly also feature some degree of multiplayer/online play with Pearson saying, “With Project Rene, we want to make it easier to work together and share. You can choose to play or create by yourself or with your close friends. It’s entirely your choice.
“No matter who you may want to play with, we want you to be able to play wherever you want. So this is demonstrating an early technology test
of how you can play this game across supported devices of your choosing. Same experience, different screens”