As The Sims 4 approached seven years old, rumors of a Sims 5 release gained a new level of intensity. This is the longest gap between main titles in The Sims series' history and Simmers have been fiercely speculating about a sequel since jobs for an "early-in-development AAA Title at Maxis" were published back in September 2018. When long-term Sims 4 Senior Producer Grant Rodiek was said to be leaving The Sims 4 team to do other "awesome Maxis things" back in April 2019, fuel was added to the fire, which has not been extinguished since.
While official announcements about The Sims 5 - or whatever Maxis decides to call a Sims 4 sequel - have yet to be made, there are now numerous clues that suggest the long-awaited sequel is imminent at last.
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Updated October 20, 2022, By Helen Ashcroft: The Sims Summit was a much-hyped event, promising an insight into the future of The Sims, and it delivered. Alongside promises of further content for The Sims 4, including an overhaul of infants, the big reveal was by VP of Franchise Creative For The Sims, Lyndsay Pearson, who announced Project Rene, which appears to be the working title of The Sims 5. We've updated this article to include everything we know so far. As more information is unveiled we'll keep you updated.
The Sims 5 Is Currently Known As Project Rene
During The Sims Summit on October 18, 2022, Lyndsay Pearson announced Project Rene, the working title for what is being described as "the next generation Sims game and platform." The game is currently in very early development, but more information will be revealed over time as it begins to take shape.
The current name takes inspiration from the words renewal, renaissance, and rebirth, concepts said to be key to the development of the game.
Will Project Rene (Sims 5) Be On PS5, Xbox Series X, or Mobile?
The Sims 4 is currently available on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 with mobile being covered by a separate title, The Sims Mobile. However, it's stated that the vision for Project Rene is that it will be a "true multiplatform experience."
A short test clip of footage, shown in the screenshot above, shows the same game interface accessible on both PC and mobile, a sign of things to come.
Will Project Rene (Sims 5) be on Steam?
While The Sims 4 is currently now on Steam, it is a recent addition, having remained exclusive to EA's Origin platform until June 2020. It's highly unlikely that any sequel would go straight to the competing marketplace. However, this is yet to be confirmed.