As reported by Tom Henderson of Insider GamingMultiple sources have confirmed that the playtest session for The Sims 5 is supposed to start next week, on October 25. The source also shared the full text of the invitation email from Electronic Arts, stating that he received it from those who had already been invited. .
According to the email invite, the upcoming playtest will only provide access to a certain section of The Sims 5, which is currently known as Project Rene. During the test session, players will gain access to a mechanic known as the Workshop, where they can customize different items and use them as decorations in a house or apartment. Maxis, the studio behind The Sims, asks players to get creative with the tools provided in Workshop mode and share their creations or be inspired by the work of other players in the game.
Apparently, the test session will allow players to join and experience the Workshop mode with their friends. Maxis makes it clear that the Workshop is just one aspect of what Project Rene will become, and as she can guess, it doesn’t represent the final product at all, as things are subject to change based on player feedback.
Project Rene was officially confirmed during a recent Sims Summit, where Maxis shared brief gameplay images of the upcoming in-game house decorating title. Unsurprisingly, the game is still some way from its full release, and will likely remain in development for a few more years until a full announcement with a final name appears.
For now, EA and Maxis will continue to support The Sims 4 until the successor is ready for release. As you may know, EA hasn’t revealed anything about Project Rene’s planned release window or target platforms as of yet.
While the test session is expected to be under NDA, we can probably expect some Workshop mode leaks in Project Rene as soon as playtesting starts next week. Of course, that would only be possible if the information claimed from the source turns out to be true.
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