The Sims 5 guide: Everything we know so far and what we’d love to see

We may never get The Sims 5 judging by the rate at which EA and Maxis are releasing new content for The Sims 4. Between new expansions, Kits, Game Packs, and more, the Sims 4 has never had so much new content. As pessimistic as that seems, the fact that The Sims 4 is still this financially viable means that any thoughts of The Sims 5 may be a way off. 

EA once said it wouldn’t make a sequel unless it achieved great success with the current title. And, safe to say, The Sims 4 has been immensely popular, with EA reportedly (opens in new tab)earning $462 million in annual revenue for The Sims 4 last financial year. We’ve also had a tonne of new content for The Sims 4 in recent months, ranging from expansion packs like The Sims 4 Cottage Living and the free Sims 4 update that added over 1,000 new item variations. 

In terms of what The Sims 5 could look like, back in January 2020, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said that the future of The Sims will focus on “social interaction and competition” (opens in new tab). 

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“We are very excited. This is a game that really doesn’t have any competition in its category for delivering and fulfilling these motivations for players and we think is a tremendous growth opportunity for us for many, many years to come.”

Interestingly, Maxis has started dabbling with some kind of timed Sims experiences in The Sims 4, with events like The Sims Sessions, which was a bit of a strange music festival that lacked the spectacle of other in-game events.

It’s also worth mentioning that back in January 2020, Maxis went on a huge hiring spree. First spotted by a user on Reddit, a number of EA Maxis vacancies revealed the studio was ramping up a “new, unannounced title”, which it referred to as its “next big production”, asking for people specifically experienced in creating “excellent user experiences for new IP”. It might not mean anything for The Sims 5, but it is certainly interesting.

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What we want to see in The Sims 5

However, in lieu of anything Sims 5-related actually happening though, we’re here to pull together the biggest requests from the community for The Sims 5 gameplay features.

1. Bring back open-world exploration

Sims 5 wishlist

One of the best things about The Sims 3 is that it feels like your household is part of a bigger neighbourhood, and one that you can freely explore without seeing a loading screen. You can nip over to your neighbours’ homes, rummage through their bins, borrow a cup of sugar or just say hello just by walking there. Or you can head for the shops, discover strange plants in the suburbs or just catch up with a buddy en route as Sims walk the streets and can always been seen going about their everyday lives. Everything flows together and feels like a real town.

For some reason, The Sims 4 ditches all of that. Instead of being able to freely wander your Sims neighbourhood, you have to click on a menu to travel to a different location, watching a loading screen for any quick jaunt. Heck to even leave your lot, you’ve got to watch a loading screen. Yes you can warp between different neighbourhoods, but it still makes the world feel very fragmented – and slow moving. The Sims 5 needs to blend the open-world elements of The Sims 3 with the variety of landscapes of The Sims 4. 

2. More transport options

Sims 5 wishlist

Connected to that longing for an open world is a lust for the vehicles of The Sims 3 too. You don’t just have to stretch your legs to get around town in The Sims 3, you could hop on your bike, jump in the car, driving straight out of your very own garage or just call a cab. Heck, your little ones could ride their bikes to their pals’ houses after school and would have to be back before curfew. The Sims 3 is great for those little touches of real life, after all, what home doesn’t come without a garage and what billionaire pad doesn’t have a collection of supercars – houses in The Sims 4 just don’t feel right without them.

Thankfully, there are ways to get cars back into your game, in the form of the best Sims 4 mods (opens in new tab), but still…

3. Better neighbourhood creation tools

Sims 5 wishlist

There was a time in early Sims games that you could not only build houses from scratch but the entire plots too. You can pick the terrain style, make it more or less hilly and even add in environmental items like electricity pylons, trees and the like in The Sims 2.

The Sims 4’s neighbours, plot sizes, and worlds are all locked in and pre-set so you’re limited as to the tools you have at your disposal. The same is sort-of-true of The Sims 3, although you can add in custom lot sizes to existing free spaces in neighbourhoods. The Sims 5 needs a little more of the freedom of the earlier games, or at least let us add in custom lot sizes like The Sims 3.

4. Include all the age ranges from the off with Sims 5

Sims 5 wishlist

The Sims 4 might have toddlers now, but that wasn’t always the case. When it first arrived, toddlers (and pools we might add) weren’t part of the base game. Instead, Maxis added them into the game in January 2017, over two years after the base game launched. Their addition makes The Sims 4 a much more rounded game, but the fact fans waited two years for the little tykes to arrive is a bit of a weird one.

The Sims 2 is the game that first introduced toddlers, and they also featured in The Sims 3, which meant getting rid of the popular age group was a strange move for The Sims 4. Thankfully it got sorted out, but it’s a mistake that caused huge backlash for the game when it first arrived. If EA wants to avoid such a slating next time around, toddlers need to be there from the start in The Sims 5. 

5. Improved building options for Sims 5 creations

Sims 5 wishlist

6. #FreeTheBaby in the Sims 5  – or sooner

Sims 5 wishlist

7. Additional NPC types

Sims 5 wishlist

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