EA Games recently confirmed that it was deep in the development of The Sims 5 under the codename “Project Rene”, the next mainline game in the popular Sims franchise. While it’s still a long way off from release, it has seemingly already been hacked and pirated.
This is according to a report from Insider Gaming, which reveals that hackers were able to get their hands on the game when playtests opened last weekend on 25 October. Hackers were then able to generate Devuno tokens from the current build of The Sims 5 without requiring online access or approval from EA.
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The hackers claimed that swiping the game was “real easy” since it’s not encrypted and runs on Unreal Engine 5. Playing The Sims 5 on peer-to-peer servers was also simple, according to the hackers, mainly due to EA’s hands-off attitude towards the playtests security.
To address the elephant in the room, this is still technically an early build of The Sims 5 and shouldn’t represent the final product. If you manage to acquire one of these codes, keep that in mind. Playtest builds are never meant to be seen or played by the public at large, leaving the job up to playtesters who run the checks for potential bugs, game-breaking features, glitches and much more well before the game’s in a polished state.
When Insider Gaming pressed the hackers about the generated codes and making it available to the public, though, they didn’t give an answer. EA can rest easy for now knowng nothing is getting out there, but a leak like this is surely going to cause some headaches at the company.
The Sims 5 is still in development and is planned to release on consoles and PC. EA didn’t mention if it will release on PS4 and Xbox One, but it will likely launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S as well as PC.
Source: Insider Gaming