The Sims is arguably as massive because it’s ever been, however on the similar time, it is beginning to really feel just like the franchise might use a refresh. The Sims 4 has simply gone free-to-play, however in a brand new “Behind The Sims” livestream, EA and Maxis offered a primary tease for the subsequent iteration of The Sims, at present codenamed “Challenge Rene.”

We didn’t get a take a look at the brand new next-gen Sims themselves, however Maxis did trace strongly at their new route. A way more in-depth furnishings and adorning editor was proven, and Maxis promised extra multiplayer choices and the power to play cross-platform between cell and PC/consoles. You’ll be able to take a look at the reveal of Challenge Rene, under.

Have to know extra? Right here’s the official spiel from EA and Maxis…

“The Sims workforce is constructing the subsequent era game and artistic platform, reimagining The Sims that gamers know and love with much more new methods to play. The game, which is at present in its very early levels of improvement, has a working title “Challenge Rene.” This title was chosen to be harking back to phrases like renaissance and rebirth to characterize the workforce’s renewed dedication for The Sims’ vibrant future. Challenge Rene will basically evolve how Sims suppose and behave, how gamers create and customise their worlds, and innovate in solely new methods.

To begin, we’re experimenting with inventive instruments, a key a part of The Sims’ DNA, and having a look at what has labored earlier than and the way we are able to provide extra flexibility to assist with constructing and adorning in-game. With Challenge Rene, gamers could have the selection to play solo or collaborate with others, and could have the power to play their game throughout [multiple] supported units.

The Sims has at all times developed to replicate our gamers and their experiences, and we’re constructing on that basis to encourage creativity and the power to inform significant tales. That is only a first glimpse of what the workforce is engaged on, and we are going to proceed to share extra data on the game’s improvement and milestones alongside the best way.”

In accordance with The Sims inventive VP Lindsay Pearson, Challenge Rene will probably be in improvement for at the least a “couple years,” and closed early entry testing will probably be on the desk sooner or later. What do you suppose? Prepared for one thing new? Or is Maxis by no means going to have the ability to prime the recognition and endurance of The Sims 4?