EA continues to slowly reveal details about its next generation The Sims game, codenamed Project René. This time, during a presentation of Behind The SimsThe company announced some key features, notably the game’s price and how it will coexist with existing titles on The Sims franchise.
In terms of price, EA says Project Rene will be free to download, which shouldn’t be too surprising given that The Sims 4 It became free last year. “This means that when Project Rene is ready and fully open to players, you will be able to join, play, and explore it without a subscription, purchase of the main game, or power mechanics.” the company explained in a blog post. “We want to make it super easy for you to play, invite or join friends, and experience new features, stories, and challenges.”
As for what you’ll actually pay, EA explains that “we will sell content and bundles,” as in The Sims 4. But it seems like the overall structure of the game and how things will be sold will be different in The Sims 4. This is how EA explains it:
For example, basic weather can be added to the main game for free for everyone. And in the future, a package for sale may focus on winter sports with activities like ice dancing or a snowman-building competition. It’s important that with Project Rene we lower the barriers to playing and give all players the broadest shared systems because that feels like the strongest foundation on which to grow.
Speaking of The Sims 4EA also says that the existence of Project René will not be the end of its current sims game. “We will continue to support both at the same time and plan to bring more interesting content to The Sims 4 community for the foreseeable future,” EA says.