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Everything we know about Maxis & EA's The Sims 5

The Sims 5 is still a big question mark for EA, especially now that EA Play Live 2021 has passed without any more information. That being said, we may have some information that will intrigue you.

Here's what we know about The Sims 5 so far.

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Latest - When Could The Sims 5 Be Revealed

Realistically, while we have Gamescom and Pax ahead of us, the team over at EA may hold back its reveal another year. We can't see them announcing it outside of a convention, it's simply too big for a tweet or trailer.

For this reason, we fear we may have to wait until E3 or EA Play Live next year to hear about the next installment.

Sims 5 No Show at EA Play Live

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EA Play Live 2021 has been and gone and the reveal of The Sims 5 didn't happen, unfortunately.

Yes, the Cottage Living expansion is out for The Sims 4 today, but the reveal of The Sims 5 would have been so much cooler.

We knew Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars wouldn't be making an appearance in any way, so the Sims 5 would have been perfect for today's show.

Last year, EA surprise dropped the announcement that The Sims 4 was coming to Steam, but there was nothing similar this year.

Maybe next yeah, hey...

Fan Made Sims Concept Shows Game Running In Unreal Engine

Let's face it, no one plays The Sims for the graphical fidelity. Nor do they wish for the game to become a hyper-realistic attempt at reflecting real life.

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However, Priymak Elysium on YouTube got curious and has shown off concepts of what The Sims would look like running in the Unreal Engine. We have to say, now that we've seen it, we want to see more!

Sims 5 Multiplayer To Be A Separate Game?

Given the success of the Rockstar method of online play, with Red Dead Redemption and GTA 5 having separate Online experiences available, could The Sims follow suit?

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If The Sims does have a deep and expansive multiplayer mode in mind, it may be best to offer this as a separate experience from the main single-player game.

Are Live Events Set To Play A Big Role In The Sims 5

The recently announced 'Sims Sessions' event has come very late in the life of The Sims 4. While were still very excited to see what they event has to offer, we're more intrigued by what it could mean for the next Sims instalment.

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Live events are huge in gaming right now, so it's only natural that The Sims is getting in on this. The Sims sessions will run from 29 June until 7 July and feature live musical performances from the likes of Bebe Rexha, Glass Animals and Joy Oladokun.

Could this be testing the waters for a larger scale event schedule in The Sims 5? We think so, but only time will tell, and it may come down to how popular the event turns out to be.

Could Co-Op Return In The Sims 5 Multiplayer?

Whenever the next instalment of a much loved franchise is due, we tend to look back with nostalgia at the series and think of what we want from the newest game.

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For us, when we look at the possibility of The Sims 5, there's one feature that sticks out as a must-have. We would like to see Co-Op brought back into the series. The feature was much loved among the older titles especially for the console versions of the game.

We're sure The Sims 5 is being worked on at this very moment, and can only hope our wishes come true.

Release Date

Unfortunately, there is no release date as of yet, but we are expecting it to be revealed very soon.

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How much will The Sims 5 cost?

While we are unsure of what the Standard Edition of Sims 5 will cost although in comparison to Limited Editions of the game, most blockbuster titles that have released in 2020 and 2021 are listed somewhere around the £50 mark, although the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X versions of the game may cost up to £70.

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The Sims 5 Trailer

As you’d expect, we’re yet to see a trailer for the new game.

However, YouTuber OriginZ has posted an amazing fanmade trailer for The Sims 5 which gives a taste of what to expect:

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Improved Graphics and New Features

One aspect that stands out in the fan-made trailers above is the incredible graphics.

This is accurate as we know that The Sims 5 will upgrade significantly on graphics, and add many more customization options to boot.

READ MORE: The Sims 5 is likely to have online multiplayer!

Alongside this will be a bucket load of new features, which has been rumoured to include better vehicles and full neighbourhood customisation.

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What Unreal Engine 5 means for The Sims 5

The Unreal Engine 5, Epic Games’ new game engine, was revealed on a live-stream hosted by Youtube account, thegameawards.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch the truly stunning video below:

This video shows Unreal Engine 5 running on a PS5 dev kit, with the visuals outputted through an HDMI cable, so this a truly accurate depiction of what graphics could look like on the PS5 and therefore The Sims 5!

Head here for a deeper dive into the all-new Unreal Engine 5.

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How We Want Careers To Work

Some recent expansion packs for The Sims 4 have seen the careers expanded to allow more interactivity with some jobs, such as environmentalist type work, as well as the magic school.

It would be great to see every career be interactive, possibly through performing tasks associated with the job, such as a firefighter putting out fires or a business person making financial decisions for a company.

There could also be mini-games that determine your Sims performance in their job. The possibilities are endless.

With the series being over 20 years old and relying on the same format, now would be a perfect time to shake things up rather than leaving players bored while they wait for their Sims to return from work.

Multiplayer Confirmed By EA

In an interview with VentureBeat, EA’s Chief Studio Officer Laura Miele shared new details about The Sims 5, confirming it is in development and what players can expect from the next entry in the series.

Check out the full transcription below courtesy of Sims Community.

Geoff Keighley: On another note, I talked a little about The Sims – you mentioned that which is totally a great point with Maxis related games SimCity, SimFarm, even The Sims Online. It was 20 years ago, ahead of its time, with letting people build a character, build your environment. The Sims is still a vibrant franchise for EA right now. Is there sort of an opportunity to do more of there? I look at Roblox, Fortnite Creative and things like that. It seems like The Sims out of all your franchises is maybe best equipped to play in this world?
Laura Miele: Yes, a lot of fertile ground for The Sims for sure and the idea that we will build on the tools for people to play with life and the idea for people to be able to play with life together. We had The Sims Online that came out in 2002 which was around 20 years ago. We certainly were ahead of our time.
I think 20 years later we learned a lot about how players interact, what motivates players, how players can come together co-operatively and so as you imagine as we think about the next generation of The Sims it’s SUPER important for us to have the best tools, the most flexibility and for players to really expand on their creativity, remix items and objects in the world. And then to do that together – I think that’s one of our biggest opportunities with The Sims is the social connection component that we need to bring to this brand and this franchise. The team is hard at work on the next generation of that experience.
Geoff Keighley: I imagine as The Sims becoming more of a platform for creativity – it feels like an opportunity?
Laura Miele: Absolutely. And it’s us being able to create a framework and that players are actually gonna create these experiences and in the end, it's doing it together, doing it collaboratively. They are sharing, they could create marketplaces.
What we arm them with and the capabilities and frameworks we arm them with and where they take that I think it’s going to be a pretty significant surprise and a pretty exciting time for us as we bring these tools and platforms to market.
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How Multiplayer Could Work

It has been confirmed by EA that multiplayer will feature in The Sims 5, but how will it work? Here are some suggestions.

MMO Style Gameplay

Being a game about building your dream home and family, it would make sense to add some MMO elements and have players join a specific server that acts as a city, with hundreds, or even thousands, of homes and families living and interacting together in the same space.

Interacting With Friends

Rather than featuring MMO style gameplay where thousands of Sims all live in one city, the likely way it will be implemented is that players will be able to visit their friend's house and interact with the families.

A Creator Marketplace

A creator marketplace also seems like something that will come to the game, creating an Etsy style platform for digital designers to create their own items while being able to earn some of the revenue from the sale.

Sims 5 Gameplay

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While we don't have any footage just yet, we do have some insights about what could be coming with The Sims 5 gameplay.

This includes comments from EA CEO Andrew Wilson about integrating Sims Online into the future of the franchise, as well as sentiments about optimizing for next-gen technology.

These point to potential online multiplayer gameplay in The Sims 5, and perhaps a release on next-gen consoles!

Sims 5 on Steam?

Many Sims players have complained over the years due to having to use Origin to play the game. In recent news, however, The Sims 4 has made its way to Steam, which means The Sims 5 could very well follow suit.

READ MORE: The Sims 5 is likely to have online multiplayer!

This would be a huge improvement in the view of many players, and will likely continue to be at the least another option for future releases.

Next-Gen

With the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X now out in the wild, we can expect The Sims 5 to release on that platform and take advantage and everything on offer with the new system, including fast loading and 4K gameplay.

However, EA has mostly stuck to releasing each Sims game as a PC exclusive for the first few years.

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So if we do see The Sims 5 on next-gen consoles, it may take another couple years.

READ MORE: The Sims 5 is likely to have online multiplayer!

However, this isn’t definite and with both the PS5 and Xbox 2020 set to break new boundaries in the gaming world, EA may well adopt a different strategy that encompasses the new consoles.

Head here to find out how next-gen consoles might improve The Sims 5.

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Wishlist

With such a huge following, players will have some thoughts on what they'd like to see in The Sims 5.

Fewer expansion packs & DLC

There has been a number of Expansion Pack titles over the years, however, they usually come at a price (literally).

Having features like pets and seasons right from the start could be a welcome change.

Better careers

Some fans claim that they'd like to have a few more business options in the title. The expansion pack 'The Sims 4: Get to Work' did provide some, however, being able to run your own business would be a plus.

READ MORE: The Sims 5 wishlist - Everything we'd like to see