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The Sims 5 map leaked, but does it confirm open-world gameplay?

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The Sims 5 city map has seemingly been leaked and its scale has left fans wondering if the game will have an open world.

The Sims has been a part of EA’s DNA since its first release in February 2000. Envisioned as a virtual doll house after game designer Will Wright lost his home to a fire, the passion project quickly became a phenomenon. While it’s technically a spin-off to the SimCity series, The Sims has grown to be much larger than its forerunner.

The Sims resonated with casual audiences and, in many ways, was a driving force in the rise of the life simulator genre that now includes mega-hits like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. Since then, The Sims series has received multiple sequels, spin-offs, and even a reality TV show. With The Sims 5 going free-to-play, fans can’t wait to get their hands on the game. But what kind of game will it actually be? 

Will The Sims 5 be open-world?

Maxis Studios has not confirmed that Sims 5 will be open-world, but data miners on Reddit have seemingly found a city map from the game. This includes screenshots of in-game streets that align with a map discovered in the leaked build of “Project Rene.”

Interestingly, fans claim the map looks more European than American this time around. The rounded corners and curved roads may imply a new setting. The existence of a map has led to speculation that the Sims 5 will be open-world, like The Sims 3.

Despite the ambition of The Sims 3, the technology did not reflect the scale many fans wanted for an open-world The Sims game. With modern hardware and the confirmed return of the Create-A-Style tool, fans may finally get that The Sims-SimCity hybrid they’ve been looking for. Still, it’s not just the potential open-world pivot that the game will bring to the table.

Will The Sims 5 have multiplayer?

Maxis has confirmed that the Sims 5 will feature multiplayer.

During a live stream, game director Grant Rodiek showed off multiple players rearranging furniture simultaneously. They also hint at crossplay, meaning players across platforms can play The Sims 5 together. Maxis also confirmed cross-saves and cross-progress, which will allow players to have easy access to their game across all platforms.

However, the free-to-play model leaves some fans worried about The Sims 5’s monetization, especially with EA’s history and handling of series like Plants vs Zombies. On top of that, the Sims 5 may come packaged with Denuvo, prompting worries about the game’s launch. Until its release, however, fans can only be cautiously optimistic about the Sims 5.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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