The Sims 5: 5 Things We Already Know
1 Likely: The 20th Anniversary Surprise
Although much of what we discussed here might seem skeptical about us getting The Sims 5 in the next two years, there’s still some hope in the horizon. Next year is 2020, which marks the 20th anniversary of The Sims franchise.
This is a big event for EA, and it would be a huge mistake from them not to do something wow-worthy to celebrate this. It could be the perfect chance to show fans the first trailer for The Sims 5, and perhaps even a sneak peek with an early gameplay demo.
2 Confirmed: The Sims 5 Is Late
If we take into account the release schedule of previous games and base our judgment purely on how things were done in the past, The Sims 5 is already late in schedule. A new The Sims game has always been released within four to five years of the previous one, but The Sims 4 has persisted for some time now.
Early predictions set the first teasers and trailers to be released in 2018 or 2019, but we’re still waiting and there hasn’t been a whisper from the developers. This is either very bad sign… or a well-kept secret.
3 Likely: Graphics Overhaul
Looking at all the previous The Sims games, it’s easy to tell that each game had its own style and vibe. The developers never disappointed and always came back with even better and more elaborate-looking graphics and animations to make things feel real.
This most likely means that there will be a huge graphics overhaul for The Sims 5, with a brand new style for the characters and the world, but still in the same vain as the previous games. Because of this, the reason why we might be waiting for The Sims 5 for so long is because hardware is changing and next-generation consoles are rumored to be released in just a few years.
4 Confirmed: The Final Packs Are Being Published
If we look at the way that past games in the franchise have progressed, it’s safe to assume we’re just about reaching the final push for The Sims 4 content. Usually the last packs and expansions involve supernatural things like magic, other dimensions, the future and aliens, which we’ve all seen in past expansions.
With university confirmed and just around the corner, there isn’t much more that the developers could do to make the game bigger and better. This is a good sign, because it means we might be on the brink of moving on to The Sims 5 and closing The Sims 4 series for good.
5 Likely: Open-World
One of the biggest demands from the fans since the release of The Sims 4 has been the return of the open-world environment that was seen in The Sims 3. The world felt so much more real and vibrant when it could be accessed easily at all times from anywhere, although it did present its fair share of challenges to low-grade computers.
That said, developers have a unique chance to perfect the engine and make cuts where needed to provide an open-world experience to fans.