EA has been focused on refreshing The Sims 4 with expansions such as Snowy Escape, because of this we haven't heard much regarding The Sims 5.
We are in no way complaining, we're just excited to get our hands on a new The Sims game!
Keep reading as we take you over everything we know so far about the next title in the franchise.
Latest News - The Sims 4 Paranormal Pack
It has now been revealed that the next Stuff Pack, and the first of 2021, will be the Paranormal Pack.
Paranormal Pack will be officially revealed on January 12th at 8am PST/4pm GMT.
You can watch the reveal stream here.
Unfortunately, there is no talk of a release date any time soon, so it's very unlikely we will be seeing The Sims 5 released this year.
The most likely course of action for EA will be to release it later this year or in 2022, but there is no fixed release date as of yet.
PlayStation Magazine hints at 2021 release?
The Official PlayStation Magazine has listed a few of the games we can expect to release on the PS5 console, and it includes The Sims 5!
But, with very few updates on the game since then it seems like a release might be a lot further away.
We haven’t heard much about the development progress of The Sims 5, but EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson made some comments back in February 2020.
In CNN’s interview with Wilson, he explained that:
“As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation across platforms and a cloud-enabled world, you should imagine that while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement motivation, that this notion of social interaction and competition… will start to become part of the ongoing The Sims experience in the years to come.”
What this hard-to-digest quote actually tells us is that The Sims 5 is being developed to facilitate technologies that are sure to have a big place in the future of gaming.
Sims 5 Gameplay
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.
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.
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.
So if we do see The Sims 5 on next-gen consoles, it may take another couple years.
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.
There is a huge modding community in The Sims, responsible for creating some weird and wacky additions to the game.
However, what role will these people play in the new Sims game? Will the Sims 5 be updated to make it more or less accessible to modders?
From predictions to The Sims 4 all-time best mods, head over here for everything you need to know.
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.
Though it is still unclear what goodies will be provided with limited-edition versions of the game, we will likely get an update soon.
Will it be on the PS4?
The short answer is - perhaps!
With EA displaying a pattern of 'release on PC first, then consoles', it's unclear if the title would grace the PS4 anytime soon.
However the new backwards compatibility of Xbox Series X and PS5 could affect their decision - meaning we could see it released earlier than expected.
There has been no news on an official demo just yet.
However, it is likely that PC gamers will be able to play an early version of the game before release, using the Origin's Beta Programme - you can sign up to the programme here.
With EA's formula of releasing on PC, then console a few years later - a demo for console is likely quite a long way off.
However, could the arrival of next-gen consoles mean a mix-up for the current Sims formula? Find out more about a next-gen demo here.
Will The Sims 5 be Open-World?
Unfortunately, an open-world feature hasn't been confirmed, but in short, it really ought to.
One of the best things about life in The Sims 4‘s predecessors is that it felt like your household was part of a much bigger neighbourhood.
You could just nip over to your neighbour’s house without seeing a loading screen, borrow a cup of sugar or just by walking over.
You could even head to the shops or just go out to discover weird things – the point is, it all flowed together and felt like an interactive environment.
For some reason, The Sims 4 ditched all of that, so this really needs to be addressed for The Sims 5.
If the upcoming project is to exceed expectations, it really needs to blend the open-world elements of The Sims 3 with the variety of landscapes in The Sims 4.
As anyone familiar with The Sims franchise already knows, The Sims is at its core a life simulator that allows you to play God and control your characters' lives, with increasing detail as the franchise has aged.
EA has hinted that the new instalment is made with a new generation in mind. What this means though, remains mainly a mystery.
Will this mean increased social media integration into The Sims? Vegan diet options perhaps? Only time will tell with this one.
If history has told us anything, it's that expansion pack go down an absolute storm with The Sims fans.
We recently saw the amazing The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting arrive on 28 July 2020, for Mac, PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin and Steam.
Even without a release date, we can assume that there will indeed be some expansions for The Sims 5, but what could they be?
From Pets to Seasons from Magic to Supernatural - head over here for our very own predictions on what to expect for potential Sims 5 expansion packs!
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:
Improved Graphics and New Features
One aspect that stands out in the fanmade 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.
Alongside this will be a bucket load of new features, which has been rumoured to include better vehicles and full neighbourhood customisation.
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!
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.
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.
That’s right, the feature fans have been waiting years for could finally arrive on The Sims 5.
In an interview with Forbes, EA’s Andrew Wilson revealed that the “notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many many years ago […] will start to become a part of The Sims experience in the years to come”.
This means it is looking very likely that online multiplayer will arrive in The Sims 5.
The Sims 5 Cheats
Cheating is a massive part of The Sims, and this will be no different in The Sims 5.
You can find out more about The Sims 5 cheats here, where we've gone over cheats we'd love to see return.
Remember, rumours suggest that the new Sims 5 will let you integrate your items and characters across from Sims 4, so you could use these cheats to prepare your Sim for life in the next game.
The Sims 5 Download
With The Sims 5 set for an early 2021 release, you can not download the game yet.
However, once the game releases, PC gamers will likely be able to download the full game through their Origin account.
If The Sims 5 follows the same formula as previous editions then PS4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait a little longer as a console edition would not arrive for a few years yet.
However, the arrival of next-gen consoles might change things up a bit for The Sims formula.
Find out more about what next-gen could mean for The Sims 5 download here.