2023 has a lot in store for The Sims franchise between planned updates, DLC releases, and news about Project Rene (called The Sims 5 by many).
There's plenty of The Sims franchise coming in 2023, including updates and DLC for The Sims 4, and more on Project Rene. The Sims 4 hasn't shown any signs of slowing down since it came out in 2014, even with new addition Rene (which many fans believe to be The Sims 5) in the works. While some upcoming releases are lesser-known compared to others, it's safe to say Sims fans have a lot to look forward to next year.
Last October, a presentation at the Behind The Sims summit revealed a host of new details about upcoming plans for the series. While the highlight of the demo was, of course, Project Rene, the release of expansion packs and updates was just as important, and perhaps even more so in the short term, as it could be years before fans see Project Rene's release. In addition to the demo, there are several ongoing projects for The Sims 4 update that will bring valuable content to the game in their own right.
Updates For Sims 4 Townies, Infants, Pronouns, & More Are Coming
A new update for babies in The Sims is coming to the game in 2023. This update was only briefly teased Behind the Sims Summit, a short video of a baby crawling and sneezing before being picked up by a parent plays. However, the news that babies are no longer just The Sims 4 furniture is huge, because currently, they're relegated to their cradles and cannot be freely carried around or interacted with in any meaningful way in Sims' homes. The developer confirmed that babies will be a whole new life stage separate from babies, and so far it looks like this will be free content for The Sims 4 rather than part of a paid DLC.
Creating Sims in The Sims 4 has seen several major changes during 2022, with the developer adding sexual orientation options and pronoun choices to the game. However, none of these settings are quite there yet, and the developers say that issues such as translation issues in other languages have led to obstacles in how the game expresses things related to these choices.
Players are getting new likes and dislikes with the High School Years Expansion Pack for the second time in the game's history, and the developers say they intend to add more as the game continues to offer more content Personalities for Sims in the game; though it's unclear if these will appear on their own or in conjunction with the new DLC. The recently added Wants and Fears system is also scheduled to be improved over the next year, as systems that were demanding in The Sims 2 are currently fairly sparse in detail in The Sims 4.
Sims will not only get more personalities from Create but also a 2023 Sim. An ongoing project by The Sims 4 developers focuses on revamping community Sims, giving them improved appearance and story details to better align with the Legendary feature levels found in previous mainline Sims game entries.
An example of this was shown earlier in 2022, when the improved Goth family came to The Sims 4 as part of the free Sims Express airdrop. Since then, no improvements have been seen in other families, but as we all know, this is just the beginning of family renewal. Not sure if every family in the game will receive one of these makeovers, or if they'll be reserved for bigger names like the Landgraab and Lothario families, but either way, more detailed towns are coming in 2023.
Sims Fans Will Receive Free & Paid Content, New Project Rene Details
In addition to these game updates, The Sims 4 players will receive a host of other free and premium content. During the Behind The Sims summit, the developers announced a greater focus on The Sims Express drops (SDX for short), which are small things added to the game but not enough to warrant a full game update. Past The Sims Express drops have brought festive items, new foods, hairstyles, scenes, and more to the game, providing players with fun free surprises. While they are already somewhat frequent, SDX dropouts are now scheduled to occur monthly in the future.
Players will also have the option to purchase new premium content in 2023 if they wish, with two known The Sims 4 expansion packs coming soon. Expansion packs are the biggest DLC - many players wish the developers had focused more on smaller releases like toolkits. Little is known about what they'll entail, but early concept art shows what looks like a mall, as well as a San Francisco-style waterside area.
While some have suggested that Project Rene may not be The Sims 5, an update on the new game Getting into The Sims franchise is still fun. Incredibly early playtests have begun showing off its studio mode, and plenty of leaks soon followed. Two sets of exploits emerged within the first few weeks of some players gaining access to the game, and they will likely only increase as development continues. The developers say they want to keep an open mind on Project Rene in all stages of development, and fans are sure to learn more about the game throughout 2023.
Even though The Sims 4 Fix Baby is 8 years late, and other instance improvements could have started in better shape, such as the "Needs and Fears" system, it's easy to create negative emotions, it seems that the past year In a matter of time or so, the developers of The Sims really started listening to the player base more. Fans better check out updates like this with a "better late than never" mentality, and get yourself excited about what 2023 will bring to The Sims franchise. ^More: Creator Collaboration Can Save The Sims 4 Kit^More: Originz/YouTube