Playtesting for The Sims 5 could be getting started as early as next week if recent reports are to be confirmed. According to a leaked email and some promotional images, the game which is officially still known as Project Rene will be rolling out to playtesters on October 25, 2022.
The news was first spotted by the publication Insider Gaming. Sources currently working at the publisher, Electronic Arts, have apparently confirmed the reports.
“Sign up for the Playtest! The team at Maxis has been hard at work developing new innovations for The Sims,” the email in question reads. “You’re invited to test out a pre-alpha experience for Project Rene. We’re looking to make this the best experience possible and we can’t wait to get your feedback and hear what you think.”
The leaked email goes on to describe some of the new features in Project Rene. “This playtest will focus primarily on our new object customization tool currently called ‘Workshop.’ This tool is meant to help you customize objects to decorate an apartment,” potential playtesters were told. “We encourage you to share your creations as well as download what other players have made. And to experience everything this playtest has to offer, remember that you can play with your friends!”
This call for playtesters apparently was never meant to go fully public. “We encourage you to join sessions with your friends and/ or join the private playtest Discord to find new friends to play with. As a trusted Community Playtesting member, you are eligible to invite up to three friends to sign up for this playtest.”
Electronic Arts only just announced Project Rene earlier this month, Vice President and Franchise Creative Lyndsay Pearson remarking that “we are building the next generation Sims game and creative platform.” The executive went on to describe how the company will be “reimagining The Sims you know and love with new ways to play. This is the future of The Sims, built on a foundation of charming Sims, powerful tools, and meaningful stories.”
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