The Sims 4 is still in active development, with a baby-focused expansion currently slated to launch in March. The Sims’ next install for next-gen platforms is currently codenamed Project Rene, and it’s still relatively early in development. We haven’t seen real Project Rene Sims so far, but Electronic Arts has shared more details about the game at Tuesday’s Behind The Sims Summit.
A “small part of the experience” is currently in the hands of game testers, and the developer pointed out that the full game is still “years away”. Multiplayer will be a big part of the next Sims, alongside the traditional single-player experience that fans have enjoyed over previous Sims games.
“We think we can be both,” Grant Rodiek, game director for Project Rene, said during the stream.
Project Rene will not be an MMO; the multiplayer features that EA has shown focus on enhanced customization. Game testers are testing the game’s build-and-purchase mode, which allows users to customize every part of a piece of furniture, from the color of the cushions to the exact wood used in the frame. Rodiek explained that the team is pursuing a structure that lets friends drop in or out to help build a room or customize a gallery.
“You can have this deep dive, at home, on your PC, playing for four hours, changing everything you can imagine on a piece of furniture – typing in RGB values and changing every piece. It’s the PC experience, the real rich experience you’re used to,” Rodiek said.
“Then on the go, you can grab your phone, and maybe it’s a different experience. Maybe you grab archetypes, pre-select templates, or pick up what you’ve already created,” Rodiek added. This means you can now play The Sims wherever you are, without barriers or restrictions.”
Although much of Project Rene is still under wraps, Rodiek confirmed that players will also be able to create and customize Sims on the go. “It’s very difficult. It’s not easy, it’s something we have to understand,” he said. Project Rene is still a long way from launch, but its early developments look impressive and ambitious.