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The Sims 5 Allegedly Hacked Way Before Release
On November 1, 2022, Insider Gaming reported that hackers have found a way to play an early build of the next "Sims" game without being playtesters. Anonymous sources shared details with Insider Gaming and allegedly proved they've been able to "crack and pirate" the current version of "The Sims 5," which is being called “Project Rene.”
According to Insider Gaming's anonymous sources, the hackers generated their own versions of denuvo tokens to break into the game’s invite-only playtest. Denuvo tokens are essentially a form of DRM intended to limit access to only those with a token, but the hackers claim to have used a denuvo token generator to bypass approval.
The game can be run online or offline with these denuvo tokens, which strongly implies "The Sims 5" will not be an online-only game. However, other details on "The Sims 5" are sparse, with most of what fans officially know coming from the Sims Summit stream in October 2022 — fans don't even know whether "The Sims 5" will be free-to-play like "The Sims 4."