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Sims 5: Round-up of what’s been confirmed and rumored

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Ah, The Sims 5! People have so many questions about this upcoming game in the Sims series. At the same time, information is scarce, and EA continues to remain tight-lipped about The Sims 5.

Let’s discuss what’s already been confirmed about the game, as well as what the rumor mill has been spinning lately.

Let’s talk about The Sims 5

Is The Sims 5 confirmed?

In an interview with VentureBeat in May 2021, Laura Miele, EA’s Chief Studios Office confirmed that The Sims 5 is in development. While she didn’t offer any specific details about the game mechanics, she did confirm that the upcoming Sims release would focus more on social and online experiences.

Previously, back in in January 2020, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson hinted that a new Sims franchise was in the pipeline. He disclosed this piece of information during EA’s Q3 2020 financial briefing. It seems that at that time, The Sims 5 was already in the pre-production phase.

When is The Sims 5 coming out?

Since The Sims 5 is still in its early stages, it’s hard to say when exactly EA will release it. First of all, we don’t know for sure how long the game has been in development for. Secondly, The Sims 4 is still making EA a lot of money, so maybe the company wants to take advantage of the situation for a couple more years.

According to unofficial rumors, The Sims 5 is expected to land in the fall of 2023. However, do take these rumors with a grain of salt. There’s no official information as of yet.

On a side note, The Sims 4 has already reached the same amount of expansions as Sims 3. Many players took this as an indicator that EA is ready to move on from The Sims 4.

If we’re lucky, EA may reveal more information about The Sims 5 at E3 2022 or EA Play Live 2022. Fingers crossed!

How much is The Sims 5?

There’s no official information about how much it will cost to buy The Sims 5. But judging by the fact that The Sims 4 now costs $39.99, and The Sims 3 was $50 at launch price, it’s fair to say The Sims 5 price will revolve around $50 at launch.

Is The Sims 5 trailer real?

There is no official Sims 5 trailer as of yet. The trailer should land closer to the game’s release date.

If you’ve watched various videos that claim to be “the official trailer for The Sims 5”, they’re not. Most likely, they’re just videos made by fans of the game.

Will The Sims 5 be on PS4 and PS5?

The Sims 5 will definitely be on PS5, and probably on PS4 as well. As history has shown, the game will probably land on PC first, and then on consoles. Probably, the game will land on consoles about six months after arriving on PCs.

Will The Sims 5 be on Nintendo Switch?

The Sims 4 is not available on Nintendo Switch. EA has not announced any major effort to bring The Sims to the Nintendo Switch. The chances of The Sims 5 coming to Nintendo Switch are very slim, if not zero.

The Sims 5 system requirements for PC

EA hasn’t revealed the official system requirements for playing The Sims 5 on PC just yet. But if we take a look at the recommended specs for The Sims 4, most likely The Sims 5 system requirements will look something like this:

Sims 5 system requirements for Windows

  • OS: Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4 or faster
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 650 or newer
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard drive: 20 GB or 25GB of free hard drive space

Sims 5 system requirements for Mac

  • OS: Mac OSX 12 (Monterey) or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or better
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Hard drive: 20 GB or 25GB of free hard drive space

What will The Sims 5 be like?

What will The Sims 5 look like?

In terms of visual elements, The Sims 5 should offer better graphics and animations. In other words, the game details should look much more polished.

Additionally, The Sims 5 is expected to feature additional character customization and building options. You’ll have even more options to customize your Sims and the world they live in.

EA hasn’t confirmed what game engine they’re using for The Sims 5. Many fans of the Sims franchise are hoping the company turns to Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 for The Sims 5. However, that’s pretty unlikely.

As a quick reminder, EA uses a custom-built game engine for The Sims 4. The game is not built on Frostbite, Glass Box, Unreal, or other popular game engines out there. Most likely, EA are using their own game engine for The Sims 5 as well.

Will The Sims 5 be open world?

Most likely, The Sims 5 won’t be an open world game. But the game is expected to feature an open neighborhood system. Many Sims fans expressed their wish to be able to visit neighbors without a loading screen.

Disadvantages of having an open world in The Sims 5

Having an open world might decrease computer performance, resulting in more lag. Even if you have a decent laptop with an SSD, loading will never be as fast as on a PS5 console. That’s why most Sims fans don’t want an open world, but rather open neighborhoods.

Of course, having an open world means that you could drive cars, ride horses or bikes and magic brooms anywhere. But are you willing to trade your game’s stability and performance for an open world? That is the question.

Will The Sims 5 be multiplayer?

The Sims 5 will feature multiplayer options for the first time since the franchise was launched. Rest assured, the game will support single-player mode as well.

As you can see, The Sims 5 keeps the current individual play style, but also adds a new multiplayer mode to the table. It’s up to you to select which mode you want to play.

As Laura Miele confirmed:

I think 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.

Is The Sims 5 going to be online?

EA’s Chief Studios Office, Laura Miele confirmed that The Sims 5 would support online multiplayer mode. This means the game will be online. But these are the only details that EA has confirmed about this matter.

Will The Sims 5 have horses?

The Sims 5 won’t be an open world game which means that, most likely, horses won’t be supported. Many Sims 4 players wish horses were a part of the game. Unfortunately, it appears that The Sims 5 won’t support horses either.

Where can I download The Sims 5 from?

You’ll be able to download The Sims 5 from EA’s official game library, Steam, and other official gaming distribution platforms. As the release day draws nearer, EA will reveal more information about the platforms where you can download The Sims 5 from.

Can I pre-order The Sims 5?

The Sims 5 is currently in the early development stage and you can’t pre-order it at the moment. Moreover, EA has not yet officially announced the game. Probably, you’ll be able to pre-order The Sims 5 two or three months before the official release.

The Sims 5: What we know (confirmed)

  • The Sims 5 will support both single and multiplayer components.
    • This piece of information was confirmed by EA’s CEO, Andrew Wilson during EA’s Q3 financial briefing on January 30, 2020.
  • Sims 5 will pack elements featured in The Sims Online.
    • This detail was revealed by EA’s CEO, Andrew Wilson at the same financial briefing event.
  • The Sims 5 will also feature a player-driven market place.
    • Laura Miele hinted at a new a framework that would allow players to create new experiences and customization options collaboratively. Players will then be able to share their creations on marketplaces.

⇒ Over to you: What features are on your Sims 5 wish list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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