The Sims 5 currently feels like a fantasy. EA and creator Maxis is showing no signs of stopping the launch of expansions and extra content for The Sims 4, and although the consoles are almost out, The Sims 5 development will likely focus on the PC.
EA has also been careful to keep The Sims 5 talk dead in the water, committing to ‘at least 20 new content drops and expansion packs to our Sims games across PC, mobile and console’ for The Sims 4 in this financial year. However, in a recent investor call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said that the future of The Sims would focus on ‘social interaction and competition.’
It’s also worth mentioning that Maxis is now hiring massively, revealing that the studio is preparing for a ‘new, unannounced title,’ and its ‘next big production.’ This doesn’t necessarily mean it is The Sims 5, but it is definitely interesting. However, in case The Sims 5 is actually happening, we’re here to list the biggest request from the community for the next title’s gameplay features.
Bring Back Open-World Exploration
One of the best things about The Sims 3 is that it feels like your home is part of a bigger neighborhood and one that you can limitlessly explore without seeing a loading screen. Everything flows together and feels like a real-life town.
Then The Sims 4 came, and it removed all of that. Rather than being able to wander through the neighborhood, you have to open a menu to travel to a different place, watching a loading screen for any rapid trip – even if you want to leave your location without watching a loading screen.
Overall, The Sims 5 needs to merge the open-world elements of The Sims 3 with the plethora of landscapes of The Sims 4.
More Transport Options
The Sims 3 vehicles have also been highly requested by the community. You don’t just have to walk to get around the place in the third sequel, but you could use a bike, jump in the car, or even call a cab.
The Sims 3 is amazing for those little touches of real life, and fortunately, there are ways to get cars back into the game in the best The Sims 4 mods, but it would be great if numerous transport options would be native to the basic The Sims 5 game.
Better Neighborhood Creation Tools
There was a period in the first Sims games that allowed players to build entire plots and houses from scratch. You were able to pick the terrain kind, make it more or less hilly, and even sprinkle items like electricity pylons, trees, and so on, here and there.
The Sims 4’s neighbors, plot sizes, and worlds are locked in and pre-set, so you are actually restricted to the tools available. The Sims 3 is the same, except it allows you to add custom lot sizes to existing free spaces. The Sims 5 needs a bit of the freedom of the old games, or at least the option to add in custom lot sizes.
Include All the Age Ranges From the Start
The Sims 4 might have toddlers now, but that wasn’t the case before. The developers added them into the game in January 2017, more than two years after the title launched. Toddlers were first included in The Sims 3, but removing the popular age group was a weird decision for The Sims 4. That, however, got solved, but it is a mistake that caused massive repercussions for the title when it was released.
If EA wants to dodge such a criticism next time around, all age groups need to be there from the off in The Sims 5.
Are there any more features you would like to see in The Sims 5?