What will The Sims 5 be like when it releases? The Game of Life is still on hold, but speculation is already running rampant about how a sequel to 2014’s The Sims 4 could change the way we make Sims and slowly but surely destroy their little virtual lives. A fan and YouTuber of The Sims has already described how cloud gaming could be integrated into the game following earlier comments from EA, with the possibility of subscription models as well.
The Sims 5 Project Rene playtests are live for some now, but this is pre-alpha and probably not indicative of what we’ll get with The Sims 5’s full release date down the line. It should also be noted that what we’re about to lay before you doesn’t confirm anything about The Sims 5, but there are some old official statements that could show us what to expect when it launches.
As highlighted by Sims YouTuber Simmer Erin in the video below, EA CEO Andrew Wilson has already talked about cloud gaming possibilities for The Sims series back in a financial call from 2020. These include plans for the next generation of Sims “across platforms in a cloud-enabled world.”
“We definitely see interactive entertainment going to a streaming place and being in a place where cross-platform play becomes a priority,” adds EA COO Laura Miele in an interview with the Washington Post from 2020. “I definitely realize that The Sims it’s incredibly accessible, very universal.”
This is somewhat supported by our The Sims 5 Project Rene interview from this month, as we asked if the tried and true method of expansion packs will continue in The Sims 5, with VP of Creative Franchise Lyndsay Pearson saying:
“This idea of a foundation with content add-ons is something that has always worked for us. And we will certainly look for ways to continue to make this work for us. But it is still very early in our exploration. So I’d say we haven’t ruled out much, but we haven’t settled on our final picks yet.”
We dive even deeper into The Sims 5 in our interview, so be sure to check it out. Simmer Erin’s video also talks about whether The Sims 5 will also include some form of subscription model. While this seems less likely at this stage than deep cloud integration, there is a case for subscriptions that pay for a steady stream of content packs and updates.
Whichever way you look at it, there’s a case to be made for how The Sims 5 will drastically iterate on what came before it, and integrating games into the cloud seems like a pretty clear way to do that. Do subscriptions fold? The jury is still out on this one.
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