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News video games 29 June 2023, 15:38

author: Sonia Selerska

The Sims 5 Will be a F2P Game, but Rest Assured - It Will Offer Ways to Spend Money

A new job announcement released by EA has provided us with detailed plans for monetization methods for the upcoming Project Rene.

Source: The Sims

Two days ago there was another episode of the Behind The Sims series, which included a sizable segment on Maxis' progress on Project Rene. Just a day later, the community discovered new information about the project, which the developers decided not to include in the presentation.

The Sims 5 for free?

Project Renea presented as a follow-up to the main The Sims series has been a big unknown since its announcement in late 2022. For now, the biggest surprise, and thus a departure from the brand's familiar format, is the tight integration of cloud gaming aspects.

Now, based on the job posting for the position of Head of Monetization and Market, found by user The Henford Hen, we can deduce that with the new gameplay systems will also come an entirely new business model.

Two points of the job announcement in particular are worth noting:

  • "Own Project Rene's in-game marketplace of created content and ugc (free and paid), and manage a data-informed player-centric player purchase journe - maximizing value to players, optimizngplayer spend patterns and minimizing player churn.
  • Own pricing of all content in this free-to-enter game, ensuring we have an optimal pricing and content architecture. Provide guidance to content teams on in-game content needs to meet player demand."

This primarily means that the basic version of The Sims 5 will be a free-to-play game, based on microtransactions for additional content.

This turn of events was predicted by fans of the game since the first announcements of Project Rene, but clear confirmation from an official source (the announcement has been removed, but is well documented online) could put an end to the speculation.

Admittedly, The Sims 4 also switched to free-to-play model, this happened only 8 years after the game's release, and not at launch - as is expected to happen with its sequel.

Sonia Selerska

Sonia Selerska

Began her professional writing adventure for in 2022, but she has always been interested in all forms of the written word. A student of Film and Multimedia with a specialization in Game Design and Development, deeply follows the blurring boundary between these two worlds. Sometimes, embarrassingly, appreciates style over substance. In the case of media, more often than not, goes to extremes; she can never choose between documentaries and horror films, and cozy games, life simulators, and animations. You will find her playing old-school consoles and indie gems rather than AAA titles. Devotes her free time to her love of fashion and art in a broader sense. Believes that the plot is the most crucial element of a game, and the most compelling stories are the ones inspired by everyday life.