Romancing Blood From The Stone: Sims 3 Expands

By Kieron Gillen on August 3rd, 2009 at 3:54 pm.

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We can hardly believe it ourselves. Electronic Arts are going to be releasing expansion packs for the Sims 3. No, really. The first is a pack where the expansions include expansion content. LIKE! visiting destinations like France, Egypt and China (CHINA! – RPS In-Gag No-One Else Gets Ed). In other words, it’s about traveling to famous real world locations. Which, at a stretch, makes this the Sims answer to Deus Ex. While a free 1000 points for the store sounds nice, the fact that there’s exclusive online content available at launch does sound like this is an expansion pack for which you need to buy other online content. Which, if true, is – er – impressive, even for EA. You’ll find the full press release beneath the cut, plus two more screenshots. Click through on ‘em for the full-size versions. Sims 3: World Adventures will be available in November.

And… actually, while we’re talking, what expansion content would you like to see for the Sims 3?

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EA REVEALS THE SIMS 3 WORLD ADVENTURES
First Expansion Pack to Global Phenomenon – The Sims 3

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 3, 2009 – The Sims are off on an adventure to famous destinations around the world! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that The Sims™ 3 World Adventures, the first expansion pack* to the #1 best-selling PC and MAC game in June 2009**, The Sims 3, is in development and will ship to retailers worldwide the week of November 16, 2009.

“We’re thrilled with the global success of The Sims 3 over these last few months and are looking forward to expanding on the gameplay experience with one of the most robust expansion packs to The Sims yet,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims at EA. “Players will be able to take their Sims on the adventure of a lifetime and explore lands outside of Sunset Valley and Riverview, pursue thrilling new life destinies in locations around the world inspired by famous destinations, and immerse themselves in the open-ended gameplay where they’ll discover new cities in China, France and Egypt and share new stories.”

Players can take their Sims on new journeys to famous real-world inspired destinations around the globe for the first time ever and seek out new adventures. While exploring the landmarks of an exotic city, there is no telling what the Sims will find. From mastering martial arts in Shang Simla, China, discovering rich culture and famous landmarks on a romantic getaway to Champs Les Sims, France or exploring the depths of ancient tombs in Al Simhara, Egypt, players can take their Sims on a journey that will change their Sims’ lives. Players can accept challenges to search for secret treasures, learn new skills and chase down new personal opportunities, meet new Sims with unique personalities, share their culture and bring them home, discover new styles on their travels, and share everything they encounter on their adventures with the world through personal photographs, movies, and stories. Additionally, players will receive 1,000 SimPoints to be used online in The Sims 3 Store*** for the PC/MAC versions of the game. Exclusive online content, available only for the expansion pack at launch, will be revealed soon.

The Sims 3 World Adventures will also be available for feature phones, the iPhone™ and iPod touch® in early 2010 from EA Mobile™. These versions will have customized mobile gameplay features which will be revealed in the coming months. For information on carrier availability and pricing for all EA Mobile games, please visit www.eamobile.com.

For more information about The Sims 3 World Adventures or The Sims 3, please visit www.TheSims3.com. Developed by The Sims Studio, The Sims 3 World Adventures has not yet been rated by PEGi. To download artwork, please visit www.electronicarts.co.uk/press

*Requires The Sims 3 for PC/MAC to play.
**According to NPD data.
**INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED, see product pack or digital distribution rules for details

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76 Comments »

  1. cdrudy says:

    You’re China.

  2. H says:

    So every time someone says “that country” you have to repeat it loudly?

    Man I wish people would share in-jokes. Even though… Well obviously.

  3. Noc says:

    Most likely you would’ve had to be there.

    I want an expansion with unlockable content, item drops, and random encounters.

  4. kiri says:

    downtown fallujah, i like my sims to suffer

  5. Ginger Yellow says:

    More careers and in-career options would be nice. Preferably including the ability to see and directly control your sims at work.

  6. Noc says:

    Also some horse bike armor would be nice.

  7. bansama says:

    he fact there’s exclusive online content available at launch does sound like this is an expansion pack which you need to buy other online content

    Which makes perfect sense given their comments about piracy the Sims 3 base game. They must be expecting the expansion to be pirated too, so linking it to downloadable content is just another incentive to deter the would-be pirates who are teetering on the brink of purchasing anyway.

  8. Nalano says:

    Heh. The tourists are frightened and obnoxious in the Sims, too!

  9. jonfitt says:

    Well at least they’re not making you buy the same functionality again like they did for Sims 2 from Sims 1. This sounds a bit like a new idea. (Although there was a Sims: Vacation)

  10. Heliocentric says:

    Gotta be palistine. One day you are hanging up your washing or trying to build up your budding affair with your neighbour and… whoops you died from illegal white phosperus artillary.

    Other than that an empty box call the “the sim’s players are mugs who will buy anything” (tspamwwba for for short) pack. Watch that in the npd numbers push mass effect 2(or something) out of the top of the all systems chart.

  11. mandrill says:

    My desire for a sims expansion is….. hang on I have no desire for a sims expansion at all, except that they stop making them.
    If I had the Sims (in any of its incarnations) I would make my sims look like the people at EA who decided to continue with this abomination of a game, lock them in their house, and then set it on fire.

  12. Heliocentric says:

    Oh, and dawg I’d like a sims3 “sims play sims” expansion where your character can either buy or torrent a copy of sims 3 and then spend the rest the week sat watching virtual people run about, until they buy the “sims sims:sims expansion” where they get to watch a little person sit down watching a little sit down etc. Every step of this madness will be a $5 dlc.

  13. Jahkaivah says:

    Hmm…

    …China.

  14. Heliocentric says:

    I meant to add a meme about putting sims in your sims so you can waste your life having pretend affairs while you waste your life having pretend affairs, but you’ll have to fill in the blanks.

  15. Nalano says:

    Yeah, where’s the “all my sim does is sit in front of the computer all day reciting his credit card info” functionality?

  16. Gap Gen says:

    “New traits include ‘Talking Loudly and Slowly in English to foreigners’, ‘Hanky-on-the-head’ and ‘xenophobe’.”

  17. Ybfelix says:

    CHINA!
    ….
    er, what? miss the “in” part and “joke” part of this in-joke
    I’m already a Chinese in China, anyway~

  18. AbyssUK says:

    Sims: Civil unrest. Your sim must choose his country or its people. With full RTS riot events and a whole host of new riot gear/weaponry. Become a policeman and take down the terrorists with expensive hi tech surveillance or become the freedom fighter and give it to the man with Molotov cocktails and home made explosives. Which ever side you choose don’t forget to goto the toilet every 5 minutes!

  19. Freudian Trip says:

    I don’t get all the hate on The Sims expansions. OMG COMPANY IS EXPANDING CONTENT FOR GAME I DONT PLAY. HOW DARE THEY!

  20. Smurfy says:

    A few years ago a guy pitched The Sims: At War to me. Basically the sims have fallen out, and you get to place defenses around your house to stop the baddies from getting in. If they do get inside your house, your sims have guns.

  21. GreatUncleBaal says:

    Giza’s going to look a bit odd with those three big square depressions in the ground – wonder how much the pyramids will cost?

  22. AbyssUK says:

    @Smurfy: A Sims Tower Defence game ? If you include some plants and zombies am sure it’ll be a hit.

  23. Gutter says:

    Was Kieron high or something? All the unfinished – err – though in that… hmm article? They are… hmmm CONFUSING!

  24. Gutter says:

    @ Smurfy : The Sims 3: Texas?

  25. Clockwork Harlequin says:

    Discussion of The Sims reminds me of a line I first read on Zero Punctuation: “Press X to toil your life away meaninglessly”. But I guess some people like that sort of thing.

  26. Nobody Important says:

    I demand that this Sims expansion has a button designed for nothing but removing the ladder from the pool.

  27. kevinn says:

    Would the sims be able to be in the wrath of bad airlines/transportation delays, airport hell, high hotel rates and booking problems, tourist thefts/scams, and overpriced/expensive shopping?

  28. M_the_C says:

    I think The Sims expansions are very much like a clay model, you start off with the basic shape then you slap bits on all over the place until it looks like a dodo wearing a crash helmet. Then when it comes time for the sequel you scrape it down to the basic shape again hopefully leaving the best ideas intact.

    I thought some of The Sims 2 expansions were actually pretty good, they added a completely new dimension to the game without ruining anything. The only really bad thing about them is the price, I do feel sorry for the people who fork out the full amount for them.

  29. Vincent Avatar says:

    All I know about China I learned from C&C Generals and their hilarious caricatures. When the MiGs, I believe, were shot down, the pilot’s last words would invariably be a supplication of “CHINAAAAAA!”

    But that’s more than likely MY in-joke and not RPS’s.

  30. MacBeth says:

    Careful AbyssUK – that sounds dangerously like a game that would be, you know, a game – e.g. purposeful, fun, entertaining, that sort of thing…

  31. Cooper says:

    Having got us to buy a game, they expect excessive amounts for good to not so good expansions. And to pay for downloadable content when there’s a massive free access modding community?

    Good going EA. Seriously, if the market’s there, why not milk it?

  32. Lack_26 says:

    I demand Sims: Z-Day, where there is a zombie invasion.

    Also, CHINA! is a butt of many jokes for me and my Brother. We love ‘em (the Chinese) really though.

    Did you know that the cat is the natural predator of the Chinese?

  33. FernandoDANTE says:

    How much do their expansions usually go for? And don’t give me any “points” bullshit, I want MONEY FIGURES.

  34. panik says:

    i’d like an expansion with real game play…instead of make beleif with virtual dollies.

  35. Raziel_axd says:

    So The Sims 4 will be a combination between The Sims and Spore… “The Sims find new galaxies… and build houses on them” or something.

  36. Tayrtahn says:

    Screw expansions and their gimmicky features. I’m just waiting for them to put together a big pack of the DLC furniture on a disc at a reasonable price. That’s usually all I ever cared about with the old Sims expansions, but the prices in the online store are way to high to merit a shopping spree. When I can walk into a game store and buy a disc full of furniture at a nice bargain-bin price, then we’ll be talking.

  37. reaper47 says:

    Is that a Sims Indiana Jones? I smell a new Sims 3 story-blog.

    Also, China.

  38. Jazmeister says:

    China is the first name of a lovely author, too.

  39. Taillefer says:

    It could be interesting to see third-party expansions. If EA had some sort of developers license (where they’d get a cut of profit from sales, I suppose). Some ambitious devs could do wonders using The Sims as a basis. Some sort of Bullfrog-esque “Theme X” type game built on top of it.

  40. unclelou says:

    Seeing how one of the most praised features of The Sims was how seamless it is, and finally simulates a whole town (well, to a degree), I find it strange that they do an addon that will throw this overboard. An expansion that builds upon what’s there would have made more sense.

  41. Vinraith says:

    I’m still waiting for a reasonably price Sims 2 complete pack. There are advantages to being behind the times.

  42. Ziv says:

    The Sims 3: Alien vs Predator.

    the only sims expansion I would ever need.

  43. sinister agent says:

    Simdicate.

  44. Legionary says:

    The Simming. Your family of Sims receive an invite to look after the Oversight Hotel for the off-season. Includes:
    *RETRO 1970s clothing pack
    *WANDER the hedge maze with your favourite Sim
    *WRITE a best-selling novel on the typewriter, a new item
    *HIT a few balls with the Baseball Bat or practice gardening with the axe
    *EXPLORE the hotel and take a ride in the elevator
    *GAZE out from the new small windows included in the expansion
    *TRUNDLE away in the Snow Crawler if it all gets too much for you
    *ALL work and no play makes Sims something something

    Coming this fall.

  45. Lack_26 says:

    The Sims 3: Vicious Winter

    Try to keep warm as your house is drowned in snow drifts, try and stave off cabin fever. Watch as the elders slowly freeze to death as the heating fails. Features patented Snow Death! tech.

  46. PC Monster says:

    I’d like Sims 3: Murder Most Foul, please. Mix in elements of Cluedo and the lives of any [in]famous serial killer of the last 200 years. Bagsy Jack the Ripper!

  47. pilouuuu says:

    @unclelou

    Yeah, it would make more sense to make the sims have adventures in surrounding locations as the base town is pretty big, like going to the mountains and kayaking on the river.

    But, no, EA thought that it would be a good idea to simply kill the seamless neighbourhood, which is the basic reason why they released a new iteration of the game. I don’t get it.

    I’m also pretty worried that this is just a Vacation/Bon Voyage remake. Have they run out of ideas already? Hopefully there will be enough new interactions on it, to make it different enough from old expansion packs.

    I just can’t agree with the expansions packs hate. They are a nice addition to the base game and if you compare The Sims 2 with TS2 plus all expansions pack, they make the base game much better. And if you say that they could simply add all content in the base game, well… maybe, bot we’ll have to wait some 10 years to get such a gigantic game and it would cost like $150. So, I’m pretty OK with the idea of expansion packs.

    And I would like ideas that haven’t been done before like being a detective and solving cases in town or having a farm.

  48. Clovus says:

    *ALL work and no play makes Sims something something

    go crazy?