Players can move to a luxury apartment in the sky.
Leaks seem inevitable for any AAA game announced on the market, and Electronic Arts’ The Sims 5 – even though it’s not officially running under that name yet – is the latest to share its first images online. Announced last month as part of an online showcase, the game, currently running in alpha as Project Rene, is expected to be the first full-fledged game in the series in nearly a decade. since the release of The Sims 4 in the fall of 2014.
As originally shared on Reddit and reported by Exputer, the account that originally posted the images to the platform has since been deleted, but that hasn’t stopped them from appearing elsewhere on the web. Game testing for Project Rene reportedly began in late October, and it’s likely that one of the game testers was responsible for the leaked footage.
One particularly noteworthy element uncovered by the leak is the apparent return of apartments, a feature that had not previously been included in any of the base games in the life simulator series but had appeared as part of DLC content. A leaked image shows what appears to be the game’s build mode with a message displayed that reads “Customize your apartment with walls and furniture. Find player-created furniture via the Discover button and Maxis-created furniture via the buy button.” It also suggests that the game will continue its predecessors’ trend of allowing players to create and share their own creations for other users to download over the Internet.
Another of the images shared features a much more urban setting than featured in the base game of The Sims 4, and it’s likely that the multi-level buildings in the external shot consist of apartments where individual Sims or families can reside.
As none of the leaked images have been verified by EA or Maxis, sim fans will have to wait patiently for additional news to be released regarding the next installment in The Sims franchise. However, the publisher and developer haven’t abandoned the current iteration of the game. The Sims 4 went free-to-play at the end of September, and new official content is still being released in the form of paid DLC.
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