In line with a rumor, Maxis is reportedly engaged on a brand new simulation sport, tentatively titled Misplaced Astral. Coupled with job listings from earlier this 12 months together with the latest GeForce Now leak, it appears as if the studio is engaged on a wholly new IP with a doable outer area theme utilizing Unreal Engine 4.
As of right now, Maxis has three studios in California, Texas, and Europe, all of that are growing content material for The Sims 4—the studio’s largest franchise. Nevertheless, again in January 2020, Maxis posted job openings for its then-new studio in Austin, Texas, indicating that the studio was additionally engaged on a “new, unannounced title.” Later, a report from Sims Community allegedly discovered much more particulars in regards to the rumored title. Equally, the GeForce Now database leak additionally revealed that Maxis could also be engaged on a brand new IP, titled Misplaced Astral—although it’s essential to notice that GeForce later acknowledged that the listing was “speculative.”
The sooner report revealed that the brand new title can be a “Simulation HD Sport,” deliberate to launch for the PC and consoles. At present, Maxis is growing and prototyping the sport in Unreal Engine 4, and the sport reportedly options “3D Menu Navigation.” Whereas we’re not precisely certain what meaning, it may probably level to an in-game 3D menu much like the ship menus in Elite Harmful. Curiously, the report additionally mentions the existence of “Tremendous Skills” in addition to “Co-Op Participant vs Atmosphere” occasions which, if true, mark a major departure from the studio’s typical birds-eye-view omniscient-style gameplay.
Under is the allegedly leaked splash display for Misplaced Astral:
Since its launch in 2014, The Sims 4 has reached greater than 20 million unique players globally and added a number of latest content material from tiny homes to universities. The collection has had its ups and downs, particularly contemplating dad or mum firm Digital Arts’ shoddy observe document of buying studios before shuttering them (as was the case of the unique Maxis Emeryville). Nevertheless, with Maxis’ latest enlargement efforts and rumored new IP, this could possibly be a much-needed new begin for the studio.