Earlier today, EA and developer Maxis held a “Special Edition Stream” giving players a glimpse of the future of The Sims. You can watch the stream here.
Of particular note, The Sims 4 (base game) will go free to play today. It will be available to all new players to download for free on PC and Mac via the EA app or Origin and Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles.
We also got a look into the future of The Sims with Project Rene, which Maxis says:
The game will stay true to what The Sims has always been while pushing to evolve how those Sims think and behave. It will reimagine The Sims with even more ways to play, tools to encourage creativity, and the ability to tell meaningful stories. With Project Rene, players will have the choice to play solo or collaborate with others, and will have the ability to play their game across supported devices.
For the first time in franchise history, a collaboration with Overwolf to provide a one stop shop for mods and player created content for The Sims. As per the release:
For the first time in The Sims history, the studio announced a collaboration with Overwolf to provide The Sims 4 Players with a new destination to download mods and player created content. Overwolf operates CurseForge, a mod manager and discovery platform built to support creators and hosting their content. For years, The Sims 4 community has been expanded by modders & content creators, and today marks a big step forward in recognizing and celebrating their contributions.
We also got some updates on The Sims FreePlay and The Sims Mobile amongst a whole host of other tid bits, news and more all celebrating 22 years of The Sims