Will The Sims 5 be open world? Here’s what we know
The Sims 5 could finally push the popular series into a fully open world, but what exactly would that mean for The Sims? Here’s what we know so far.
With The Sims 5 officially in development, fans are already theorizing what new features might be included in the next installment of the revered series. Chief among these ideal features is an open world where sims can maneuver around a city or neighborhood on their own. The Sims series has had open world elements before, but The Sims 5 could take it to a whole new level. But will this long-awaited feature be delivered to fans?
Details on The Sims 5 are scarce, but statements from the developers have hinted at new social elements for the series. Many fans interpret this as a multiplayer hint, but it could also refer to an open-world storyline.
“…our greatest opportunities with The Sims are the social connection component that we need to bring to this brand and this franchise. The team is hard at work on the next generation of this experience,” said Laura Miele, Director of EA studio.
An open world for The Sims would help address several potential issues with multiplayer. Players could interact with different ends of the map easily, and player-controlled characters could interact with each other more naturally. Fewer loading screens also means fewer opportunities for the game to get out of sync between players, leading to connection issues and the resulting frustrations.
Open-world gameplay is also one of the most popular fan requests for The Sims 5. The Sims 4 locks players to individual stages, and fans often criticize its clunky travel system. With the potential benefits of multiplayer apparent and the gaming community already behind it, The Sims 5 would benefit greatly from returning to a more open world design. Ultimately, it’s up to Maxis to confirm in open-world implementations in The Sims 5.
What does the open world mean for The Sims 5?
The open world in video games usually refers to a large, sprawling area that players are free to explore, but the term means something slightly different for The Sims 5.
If The Sims 5 is an open world, sims could leave their homes and explore the surroundings on their own. In The Sims 4, players must manually move their characters to a new area so they can interact with other sims. This involves multiple menus and loading screens, which can make the process somewhat tedious.
Although this seems like a technologically demanding task, the Sims series had open-world elements long before The Sims 5. In The Sims 2, players could watch sims leave their homes and interact with the rest of a small neighborhood. These sims could form new relationships, meet new people, and discover new things on their own. The feature was developed in The Sims 3, but was unceremoniously removed from The Sims 4.