The EA team has provided an update on the progress of Project Rene, also known as the new installment of The Sims (which everyone refers to as The Sims 5), and it includes some important details.
Project Rene will be available to play for free (referred to as “free-to-download” by EA) with the goal of expanding the player base as much as possible, aligning with the latest policy of The Sims 4, which gives away the base game for free.
The way to earn money will be through content updates released periodically. As an example, EA mentioned that weather features will be included in the main game, but they will sell the Winter Sports Pack as an update that includes winter sports activities.
Project Rene is not meant to replace The Sims 4; it will run alongside both The Sims 4 and The Sims Mobile.
The overall goal is to expand The Sims franchise, so multiplayer gameplay will be emphasized, making it easy for friends to join in. It will also support cross-device play, necessitating some changes in game design.
Source – Eurogamer
TLDR: EA is updating Project Rene, or The Sims 5, with a focus on expanding the player base by offering a free-to-download experience. They will monetize the game through content updates, such as the Winter Sports Pack, and it will coexist with The Sims 4 and The Sims Mobile. The objective is to enhance multiplayer gameplay and enable cross-device play.