There hasn’t been an official announcement for The Sims 5. However, there are a lot of people out there who are expecting it to come sooner rather than later. This is because The Sims 4 is reaching the end of its lifecycle, meaning that it is time for a successor to come out. We know nothing concrete about The Sims 5, but we wanted to make some predictions about it anyways:
1. It Won’t Go Ultra-Realistic
There are some people who are concerned that The Sims 5 will have an ultra-realistic look. This makes some sense because there have been some incredible improvements in facial capture and other graphics technologies, meaning that there is bound to be some temptation to use them. However, it seems reasonable to speculate that The Sims 5 will retain the series’s stylized look, not least because ultra-realism would introduce unnecessary complications when it comes to the series’s wilder elements.
2. It Could Have Multiplayer
The Sims 4 has no multiplayer, but since there is a multiplayer mod, it seems safe to say that there is a fair amount of interest in the matter from the fandom. As such, it is possible that The Sims 5 could come with a multiplayer mode, which wouldn’t be wholly unprecedented for The Sims series.
3. It Could See a Simultaneous Release For More Platforms
For those who are unfamiliar, The Sims 4 has been released for not just the PC but also the macOS, the PS4, and the Xbox One. However, it took months before the release of the macOS version and even longer than that before the releases of the PS4 and Xbox One versions. More platforms mean more potential customers and thus more paying customers, so it is possible that interested individuals will be seeing a simultaneous release rather than a staggered release for The Sims 5.
4. It Could Have a Story Mode
Generally speaking, The Sims series is famous for being a sandbox. However, there have been titles with story modes, which offer a number of potential benefits. One example would be providing interested individuals with a more pleasing way by which to learn the ins and outs of the installment. Another example would be providing interested individuals with a sense of structure, which is something that suits some players much more than others. Time will tell whether The Sims 5 will have such a feature or not, but it is a real possibility.
5. It Could Have an Open World
Open world has become popular throughout much of the video game industry. It would be unprecedented for a life simulation game, but it could be very interesting indeed, not least because of the boost to the player’s sense of immersion. Granted, the implementation of an open world requires considerable resources, but if there is a video game company that could afford it, it would be EA with its billions in annual revenue.
6. Earlier Incorporation of Weather Patterns
Weather has been incorporated into The Sims 4. It could see an earlier incorporation into The Sims 5. On top of that, it could be implemented in a dynamic manner, which could further contribute to the illusion of a living, breathing world.
7. It Could Eliminate Loading
Loading screens have been a bane for The Sims series for a very long time. If The Sims 5 goes the way of an open world setting, loading screens could be one of the biggest improvements. After all, open world games does the necessary loading as the player character moves around the map, thus enabling them to function the way that they do.
8. It Won’t Dumb Down Character Customization Too Much
Character customization is one of the biggest selling points of The Sims series. As a result, it seems reasonable to speculate that it won’t be stripped of too much of its content because that would be gutting one of The Sims series’s core features. Something that is likely to be met with a less than enthusiastic response from the fanbase. Unfortunately, the loss of some customization isn’t unrealistic, not least because it is something that has happened in the past. However, if interested individuals are lucky, the people behind The Sims 5 could toss in native support for more advanced character customization tools than those that have been available in more recent installments.
9. It Will Have a New Engine For Sim Behavior
Every main installment in The Sims series has had a new engine for handling Sim behavior. Thanks to this precedent, chances are good that The Sims 5 will have a new engine for the same purpose for the same reason. Considering some of the advancements that have been made in recent times regarding machine intelligence, the results could be very impressive, though we won’t know whether our hopes will be vindicated until we actually get more information about the next installment in The Sims series. Having said that, while the engine for The Sims 4 was quite good, there were definitely areas that could benefit from further improvement. One excellent example was the formation of relationships between Sims, which was oversimplistic to say the least.
10. Lots and Lots of DLC
It seems safe to say that The Sims 5 will be receiving lots and lots of DLC, which can be either a bad thing or a good thing. Basically, DLC is a bad thing if a developer strips out content from the base game for the purpose of selling it to interested individuals at a premium. Of course, it can be rather difficult to tell when a developer is actually engaging in this kind of practice for the simple reason that consumers are not just looking in from the outside but also looking in from the outside via a very small window, meaning that they don’t exactly have all of the information needed to form a perfectly accurate picture of what is going on. Regardless, DLC can also be good because it results in the creation of more official content than otherwise possible, thus making for a richer, fuller experience. On top of that, interested individuals can pick and choose the kind of content that they are actually interested in rather than be forced to pay for unnecessary bits and pieces thanks to product packaging.