By a rather strange means, EA have confirmed the existence of Sims 3, with promises of more details to come soon.
In a thread on a high-flying gaming industry forum, someone got hold of a list of Sims-related games due for 2008. Creative director of EA's Sims studio in Redmond, Rod Humble, stepped in to clarify. After pointing out that the information wasn't supposed to be in people's hands yet, he states,
"We are actually launching less skus this year than last.
For the Sims 2 game there is no news apart from the wonderful Freetime (you can be a gamer in it for crying out loud, why do you hate gamers?). Thats it for the Sims 2 in terms of new stuff. For Sims 3 there will be new information soon."
He then goes on to confirm extra material for the Wii's MySims, and then the existence of a new Sims branch, SimAnimals, to be properly announced later. As for SimCity Creator, he remained tight-lipped.
His post concludes,
"And yes we do have other things coming, The Sims Label was created to innovate, make original games and take creative risks with older ones. Its what we do. No apologies."