E3 06: Sims 2 bringing home Pets?

Source: EA's booth at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The official story: See below. What we heard: The Sims franchise has proved to be a monumental success. The life simulator has been a dominant force on the PC gaming charts since it took the leap from the mind of Maxis Studios head Will...

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Source: EA's booth at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The official story: See below.

What we heard: The Sims franchise has proved to be a monumental success. The life simulator has been a dominant force on the PC gaming charts since it took the leap from the mind of Maxis Studios head Will Wright onto retail shelves in 2000.

Though Wright wasn't at E3 pimping out some Sims-related gear, Electronic Arts was. Near the area housing Wright's PC game Spore, EA built a 360-degree trailer theater that showed a plethora of games from the publisher, including the lineup from Superman Returns: The Videogame, Battlefield 2142, and Medal of Honor: Airborne.

It wasn't all bullets and fighting, though. Stuck in the middle of the trailer were some cute and cuddly animals--and not the one-eyed freaks of nature of Spore. The familiar cybercitizens of The Sims 2 were shown hanging around in parks and playing with something they haven't been able to since the original The Sims game--pets.

The Sims: Unleashed was released in 2002 and gave Sims the ability to adopt and train pets. But since The Sims 2 was released in 2004, man's best friend hasn't even bothered to show up.

It looks like that's about to change, though. At the end of the trailer, a logo appeared that read "The Sims 2 Pets." No platforms, release date, details, or gameplay was revealed during the segment. It was also unclear whether Pets would be an expansion, one of the smaller add-on packs, or a new spin-off franchise, a la Nintendogs.

In fact, it seems that the E3 clip, approximately 30-seconds long, is the only information on the game. On EA's Web site, a trailer of its E3 lineup shows the same montage that's showing at the E3 booth--minus any mention of The Sims 2 Pets.

When asked about Pets, an EA rep would only say,"We haven't announced anything yet."

Bogus or not bogus?: Not Bogus that it's coming--it was at the E3 booth. But will it be a spin-off? Will it hit consoles? Will it be a full expansion? Will it be a content pack? We say (in order) Bogus (but it's a great idea), Bogus (Sims and consoles just don't get along), Not Bogus (Unleashed: Part II), Bogus (pets are people too! Not just objects!) What do you think?

Discussion

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I can't wait till October!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nicolewukber12
nicolewukber12

I really really really hope there's gonna be huskies!!!!!!!!

nicolewukber12
nicolewukber12

The sims 2 pets?!?!?!?!?!? Cool!!! I love pets and this is gonna ROCK!!!!

skb20033
skb20033

Check out thesims2.com they have a vidio and screenshots n0w so u can see taht there are gerbils and cats and dogs of different breeeds the pets I think u can controle them and its for pc nintendo ds and alot of other game systems

chika6t9
chika6t9

OMG! its official! The Sims 2: Pets will be coming out in the Fall!!!!!! They've posted it on the official site! Go chack it out! :D *Party Time* http://thesims2.ea.com/

fire_knight82
fire_knight82

I think this is going to be COOL its about time they came out with this and to all complainers you need to support it maybe you dont want it but us sim fans do am i right

kitty-vampire
kitty-vampire

It's AWSOME!!! I allready can't wait... Too bad it's going to take so long to come out!!!

Jrock7
Jrock7

Either way there is going to be an expansion about pets for The Sims 2. The first one had it and it was very great having a dog get the newspaper and run after the mailman. You can also train your pet. It's going to be a full expansion and it's going to be great. I Just hope it has more pets like a pet monkey, or alligator. Now that'll be cool.

Fireheart203
Fireheart203

The Sims Unleashed was awsome (Despite the fact that I could never really potty train my dogs) But I do hope that you can actually control the pets instead of interacting with them like an object. I don't have any of the expansion packs because I've been waiting for pets! I hope they have horses and Wild animals this time around though. I'll cross my fingers!

RichardW331
RichardW331

Yea... Should be interesting. But this was in orginal sims, i hope EA Sims add few more bits and special stuff to it. Eg. Business expansion was good, wasnt on original sims

ali03333
ali03333

I think it would be a great idea to add pets for the sims2.It would also be fun to play

Curufenwe
Curufenwe

I think its a great idea i, ive been begging for them since the sims 2 came out. Hope they can have puppys so as you have children so will your dogs/cats.... pet lizards.....snake......hamsters.. well you get the idea.

Yodeling_halo
Yodeling_halo

I can't wait for pets, and to buffysummer U CAN GET A CAR lol i hope they have more then justcats and dogs, and maybe the have the sims signiture animal THE LLAMA GO LLAMAS!

bballchic13
bballchic13

yes! i have been waiting for this and since i have low settings on my sims this might be a smaller expansion and ill be able to fit it

superxgc
superxgc

im glad that they're FINALLY doing this, but what a sucky name

inferno2
inferno2

no way could this NOT be an expansion. if you haven't realised, the Sims 2 market is begging (pardon the pun) for pets to be introduced into the game. if they screw this up, then they'll have a hell of a lot of dissapointed fans, so they're bound to be beavering away. Reckon they'll be more than just plain old dogs? they are pretty fond of llamas...

petit_chocobo
petit_chocobo

Great idea, albeit unsurprising. Will it be only dogs and cats? Will there be more fully interactive pets? Like ferrets? Birds, snakes? (I don't count the iguana and other pets from sims 1 because they had limited interaction).

ikram_ullah
ikram_ullah

Will there be New cars in Sims 2 Pets

HappyLoo
HappyLoo

pets awsome ive been waiting for this day.I have all of the sims 2 expansions and all i needed was a pet cant wait .......................................GOOD ON YOU EA PEOPLE.I hope there will be big and small dog/cats im sure they wont be putting in lamas or horses though i wish we could have thos realy big animals in the game so people who cant offord one in life could have a simular expirience oh well i cant wait for pets to come out im so exited ive seen the trailer and they look so awsome. P.S.im sure they'll have breeds of dogs and cats but not ware wolves

lili_lili
lili_lili

ooo pets hu? I missed that! hope its more fun than Unleashed...

tipexcom2
tipexcom2

Superb!! I loves Sims: Unleashed and if made well this will be the best expansion for the Sims 2 to date!

xarianuniverse
xarianuniverse

Well, first off, all Sims expansions have never been EXTRAORDINARY, but I hope this one will change all of that. I'm probably more psyched about when they will make a Sims 3 with the combination of all expansions. A good idea i think would be to let you drive a car to a friend's house anytime & another one is you can drunk drive and get caught by police.

pow1149
pow1149

Finaly! I loved unleashed, and you just cant have a life simulater thats realistic if you cant have a fury friend, however, there was a problem with unleased. The 'blurb' type thingy said you could get monkeys, however with lack of tutorials, i never found these monkeys. Also, you could get goldfish, but did nothing. WE WANT MORE PETS! Oh, and the name is bad, please tell me its a working title. Other than that, I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!! P.S. If EA makes it an add on pack or console game I will hate them FOREVER!

l_lamb
l_lamb

I work at EB Games and Sims 2: Pets is listed as a console game, not as a PC game or expansion. Not to say that it won't come out later for the PC...

chance6002
chance6002

I trust them COMPLETLY! I can't wait until The Sims 2: PETS will come out! I think I might have encouraged the idea to them... I don't know... But all I care about now is that they are making a Sims 2 PETS!!!!!!! YAY! (lol)

Talaa
Talaa

First, great idea coming out with a pets EP.... It'd def add a lot of gameplay to the game.... And the reason EA didn't include all the expansions in the First TS2 game, is because they are making much (!!!!!) more money when they sell them seperated from each other than they could have if they were selling them all together... think about it - what would you do if you were in their position? :))

Zane182
Zane182

Pets will be a great expansion. Making it an expansion for the PSP version would be a good move, Sony should take a hint and push for it, if anything could rival Nintendogs this is it ^_~ Sims 2 for PC has been great and can get greater, I know Sims and consoles never mixed well but I'm also interested to see if Maxis have a version planned for next gen, with the HDD's they may be able to take advantage and make them more flexible like the PC versions. But on the other hand Sims has been a killer app for PC gaming, and they might not want to jeopardise that. But a console version with much improvements would be great. Sims 2 for ps2,Xbox, PSP had many flaws compared to its PC counterpart.

luckycalico1
luckycalico1

Hi I hope its the next Expansion cause I am sorry to say Maxies there not doing good OFB not that great , FFP a pain , I hope they do something better or I'll have to go play the Sims 1 again w/ all there Expansion packs ..And please make for the PC... Later Gater!!!!!!!!!!

Bladerunner89
Bladerunner89

I liked the idea of owning a dog in the first game. Good idea bringing it back.

oogieboogie8
oogieboogie8

imagine what you could do with the pets.

soulsurvivor16
soulsurvivor16

I am very excited for Pets! I really enjoyed playing unleashed for the original sims. I wonder if they will make it so you can control the pets like in the original. With the great graphics that the sims 2 already has, I can't wait to really see what Pets as to offer!

Teivan
Teivan

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Hqhoney
Hqhoney

I wonder if the pets are going to be playable characters, or more like objects.

aygol
aygol

Ahhh . . . Just an expansion pack , I think it's better that the Maxis build a brand-new next-gen The Sims Series and build The Sims 3 . I think buying these The Sims 2 expansion packs are just wasting time !! You know , expert gamers and The Sims real fans want a next-gen The Sims , They don't like these expansion packs . . .

ChasinFury
ChasinFury

like gibb1 said, they should just do an expansion that includes the features of all the previous SIMS 1 EPs... I am personally one of the few that is not looking forward to this expansion. Oh well, at least there will be a few pleased. I will also probably still get it..new stuff and such.

robjob15
robjob15

I'm a Sims gamer myself, but to tell you the truth...I think that they should continue on their plans with making to expansion with pets! Maxis should do what they can to try and get the Sims game more realistic and more Sims like, just as long as they don't do a repeat from the TS1...I never had a Sims game for the PC, but I'm looking forward on buying at least three expansions soon. ps: if you don't like that pets expansion....DON'T BUY IT!! Don't support anything that you don't like...

jumbz55
jumbz55

Hmm, I hope it will be an add-on pack because I was hoping Maxis would do some more innovative stuff for their next few EPs but maybe the whole pets thing will be different to unleashed and they'll add a lot more stuff. Unleashed was good, but hopefully this will be a lot better.

wingchunstudent
wingchunstudent

I've only played SIMS games on consoles and I for one love it.

rahlink
rahlink

Maxis did say that PETS were coming when pigs FLY, and they are flying in OFB! The dogs and cats are beautiful. It will be interesting to see what other pets come with the expansion and if pets are going to be the only animals in the game.

Narwaffle
Narwaffle

Arrgh! No! Don't do this Maxis!

iamnoman
iamnoman

Yay!!! I hope it's true and that Pets will be the new game expansion pack, it looks really cool

Teddyplanet
Teddyplanet

Awesomeness! I can't wait! ^_^ The pets in the video had so much detail...I hope they have some of the things people asked for, like breeds and stuff like that...

Mini_Buddha
Mini_Buddha

I hope there's some wild and crazy pets. Give me a Tassie Devil and a Giraffe to play with.

fjiantra
fjiantra

I think it's an expansion pack. If you look closely on the small video samples (some people have put out video samples on the internet...www.snootysims.com) You can see the limonadestand some where. And that was an item from the OFB expansionpack... I hope I'm right :)