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The Sims: Project Rene playtest is now live for a select few

The Sims: Project Rene playtest is now live for a select few

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The first play-test of The Sims: Project Rene is now underway for a select few players, giving some fans the chance to get their hands on the work-in-progress life game expected to become The Sims 5. It was revealed at a Behind The Sims summit on October 18 that The Sims 5 is now Project Rene and while it will likely be several years away from the full Sims 5 release date, an EA community manager confirmed reports that closed playtesting has begun for some players. , with the focus expected to be fully on the construction game side.

Initial reports came through Insider Gaming that players who signed up for EA playtesting had received emails inviting them to participate in an initial playtest for Project Rene beginning October 25. This date has been confirmed by EA Community Manager Cade, who says the pre-alpha has been provided to some players who previously registered for playtesting. Insider Gaming’s email states that “This playtest will focus primarily on our new object customization tool currently called ‘Workshop'”, further explaining that “This tool is designed to help you adapt to decorate an apartment.”

This probably refers to the toolset shown during the EA presentation that looks like a new spin on the popular Create-a-Style tools from The Sims 3. The short demo shows images of furniture and other objects being taken from above. are adjusted downwards, with individual parts such as the arms, back and cushions on a sofa all adjusted independently in different styles, materials, colors and patterns. This will allow players to create some truly unique looking objects, although it’s still unclear how deep this system will go.

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The reported email also encourages players to “join in sessions with your friends and/or join the private playtest Discord to find new friends to play with.” It adds that playtesters are eligible to invite up to three friends to join them, which matches Project Rene’s seemingly increased focus on collaborative building.

However, some players on the EA forum are reporting that despite receiving the email invitation, completing the survey and approval, the playtest option seems to have disappeared from their accounts. It’s likely that this is just a hiccup in the approval process, but EA will probably try to put a pretty strict restriction on who has access to this very early version of their next big Sims project.

Our The Sims: Project Rene interview explores how the history of the series has influenced the future and what the team hopes to achieve in collaborative storytelling and representation. However, EA recently apologized for the poor representation of Sims creators in the Summit presentation. If you’re trying out The Sims 4 for free, be sure to check out our guide to Sims 4 CC for the best custom content, our pick of the best Sims 4 mods to customize your game, and all the Sims 4 unlimited money cheats, full needs and much more.

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