If you were hoping for a resurgence of The Sims Online, Maxis has shut that down in a recent statement.
While we know that the next Sims title will have multiplayer, a new live stream detailing recent updates to The Sims 4 also started to talk about the franchise's future in The Sims 5. As such, Maxis states that, despite speculation, the upcoming Sims title, codenamed "Project Rene" will not in fact be an MMO.
"One thing to keep in mind," Game Director Grant Rodiek states in the live stream, "is that Project Rene is not an MMO. It is not this public, shared space where everything you do is always with other people."
Rodiek goes on to explain that the co-op gameplay will transition on the players' terms, letting them choose whether they want to play with friends or just on their own. As a result, Rodiek states that the team is looking to keep that "intimate, personal experience" Sims is known for while also exploring what you can do with friends.
The Sims Online was released way back in 2002 and lasted until it was rebranded as EA-Land in 2007. The Sims Online ultimately shuttered a year later in 2008, bringing an end to the online experiment of its hit life simulation title.
Thanks, PC Gamer.