Fans got an unofficial sneak peek into the next entry of the genre-spawning life simulation series, The Sims, after one of the playtesters posted various media on social media. The original post has since been taken down but others have shared it so often that EA and Maxis might as well leave it be.
The images didn't show off anything you wouldn't expect from a new Sims game. However, it does suggest two things: the pre-alpha build is looking great and The Sims 5 will bring a new level of detail into the game. The rooms shown off in the deleted leaks imply players will have far more flexibility when it comes to designing their homes and curating their virtual lives than ever before.
Unfortunately, if we use the images we saw as a barometer, The Sims 5 is most likely still at least 2-3 years away. The good news is that The Sims 5 will come out on several platforms, including iOS and Android devices. It might even have a multiplayer feature, a first for the franchise after EA shut down the online servers for The Sims Online and The Sims: Bustin' Out in 2008.
The Sims is one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, but EA has received valid criticism for keeping The Sims 4 alive for so long. The Sims 4 was released in 2014 and has since received a dozen paid expansion packs. At this rate, EA and Maxis will have released at least one or two more of what's essentially premium DLCs for The Sims 4 by the time The Sims 5 is out.
Most likely, we'll be getting more info about The Sims 5 when the next playtesting phase begins.
Speaking of Electronic Arts, the publisher just confirmed that it has signed a multi-year deal with Marvel Studios that will start with Motive Studios' Iron Man game. Finally, EA is said to have canceled the Project CARS and DIRT racing sim series.