EA would have sent invitations for the René pre-alpha project

EA didn’t officially announce The Sims 5 this month, but set the stage for the next installment in the long-running franchise. During the Summer Stream Behind The Sims, EA unveiled Project Rene, the foundation on which the next-gen Sims game will be built.

Project Rene is still in its early stages, but we took a look at some of its abilities during the stream. It featured some of the most robust creative toolsets we’ve ever seen in a Sims game, allowing users to modify furniture piece by piece. We have also seen that EA is building a future where users can play The Sims on any platform and it will be the same experience no matter what device they are using.

It was very exciting stuff. But again, that was just a taste. EA has recognized that there is still a long way to go and they will test these tools in the coming months.

Well, it looks like the first playtest for Project René has begun. According to Insider-Gaming, EA has sent out invitations to select community members to test out the Project Rene pre-alpha experience.

According to the email, the test will mainly consist of testing the new item customization tool, currently called “Workshop”. The email would go on to explain that the tool is “intended to help you customize items to decorate an apartment.” This is likely the same tool we saw in use while steaming.

Additionally, the test apparently allowed those invited to also invite their own friends to play with. It’s unclear how the customization tools would enable a multiplayer experience, other than sharing creations with other community members. During the stream, we were shown how Project Rene will make sharing creations even easier in the future for The Sims.

As this is a pre-alpha experience, we are unlikely to see any official images released. However, there may be leaks. Even if we don’t see anything, the mere fact that EA is hosting a playtest for Project Rene so soon seems to reinforce the idea that they are committed to making the next Sims game based on community feedback.

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