Sims 3 sells 1.4 million in seven days

The latest chapter in the multiplatinum life-sim series shattered EA's first-week PC-game sales record.

When the Sims 3 went on sale in the midst of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, some worried it might be overshadowed by the event. They shouldn't have. Buoyed by sterling critical praise, the game has sold over 1.4 million copies in its first week on the market, Electronic Arts announced today.

The latest jewel in the Sims' crown.

The Sims 3's milestone further fills the coffers of the Sims franchise, which has generated well over $4 billion since its launch in 2000. And while the Sims, the Sims 2, and their myriad expansions have sold over 100 million copies, the Sims 3 may outshine its predecessors, if its first-week sales are any prognosticator. EA reports that the game is the fastest selling PC title in its history, auguring that it and its inevitable expansions will be fixtures on bestseller lists for years to come.

As outlined in GameSpot's review, the Sims 3 includes several new features. Players can customize their characters' personalities, choosing among traits, such as brave, artistic, absent-minded, and kleptomaniac. Furniture and clothing can be customized based on color and pattern. The game also sports a new dynamic, real-time neighborhood system where households are seamlessly integrated.

Ironically, EA is celebrating the Sims 3's sales without the mastermind of the Sims franchise, Will Wright. In April, he left EA Games to establish an "entertainment think tank" called Stupid Fun Club.

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Daibaron72
Daibaron72

I am more into strategy & RPG and never enjoyed the sims games so far until The Sims 3. To me, bar the price, it is a great game and accomplishment to EA. The game is not an updated Sims 2 but more a thorough perfection of Sims 2. And I don't mind playing around with a perfect or even near perfect game, no matter what the genre is. And it is not a mere digital dollhouse when you can pretend that you live the life of your sim's. What a great game that will not do that to you? Baldur's Gate , Neverwinter Nights, Diablo etc... always seemingly make you wish you are the protagonist. I know it's not easy to admit that you can have a soft spot to a game with apparent leaning toward feminine world but once you swallow your pride than you will find that it's such a very satisfying game. As far as price goes , I should say that game price is slightly outside any top ten reasons why a great game is a great game. No matter what the price is, a great game will always be a great game because it is more in the content than our ability to purchase it. When a great game has an outrageous price, it will probably sell less , which in the sims 3 case , it doesn't turn out that way. When a bad game has a great value , it will most likely sell slightly better then it should but still will not make it a best seller or better game. The Sims 3 is a great and thoroughly enjoyable game. A masterpiece in perfection

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

idk why all you people are complaining about how well a game sold or who likes it. whats it matter? i get tired of playing WoW and shooters 24/7. the sims is a nice break and the people that call it a virtual doll house are half correct. bottom line about you people. you dont find it fun and entertaining bc your half witted fools with no creative mind or real intellect. therefore you call a game like halo the best game "3vaR!!111!!" when really all you do is run point and shoot. develop a brain and somewhat of a positive personality and maybe, just maybe, you'll find a little more joy in life.

marco0798
marco0798

ill be impressed when they break the WoW milestone

uberjannie
uberjannie

@Peazo : welcome to the pricing for the rest of europe when it comes to digital purchases *cought*steam*cought* OT : Congratulations EA for making a good game and for producing such numbers :)

Peazo
Peazo

If you enjoy the sims, who am I to criticize the game itself. What I hate about the sims is the ridiculous cost of it. First there is digital download costs. EA charge £40 for it even though you can get it for £30 from play. A digital download requires no distribution costs, no physical media, no shop/staff costs to account for and yet I'm sure it's being downloaded by the bucketload. Then there are the extra content packs that will no doubt be released for about £20 a piece. Although you can choose what to buy, I'm sure those hooked on it will buy the lot. So assuming there are 10 of these, I find £240 a little hard to swallow. The reviews I read on the game suggested that it is a little thin on content, considering they will just rehash updated models of Sims 2 packages. The biggest selling game in the world is also the most expensive. I wish the gamers who buy into the Sims would not be so quick to part with their cash. EA need to at least provide a cheaper experiance to buy into. That way the sting of charging huge amounts for addons would not be so hard to take.

jayme22
jayme22

i know i brought it since these figures came out

jayme22
jayme22

how many has it sold now

lilkikerman4450
lilkikerman4450

@Console-deity This is a sad day in history when a digital doll house can sell so much, now I don't have a problem with women playing video games but when they play this crap and call themselves gamers I take offense. I tried the first for about thirty minutes (years ago btw) and was wtf this isn't fun, where's the f***ing game play. Playing doll house was never fun and never will be unless you're a girl (or just plain weird). ME::: Thank you so much for the sexism, I really appreciate it and I'm sure everyone here does too! I also love the sheer respect you express for "gamers" who actually do enjoy the sims. With statements like " never fun and never will be unless you're a girl (or just plain weird)", I can see the LOVE just RADIATE FROM YOU! You are just one of the few chosen good people on this earth, thanks so much for your thoughful and EXTREMELY OPEN-MINDED opinion!

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lilkikerman4450

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tommyc555
tommyc555

Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog will destroy The Sims and EA

geomyr
geomyr

i m sorry but i m not the fan of this game but still a nice simulation game :)

Qpman2
Qpman2

this game is awsome but can EA keep the sims 3 franchise from going under without will wright?

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I've been enjoying it since I bought it last week. It is a simple, fun game to play till Starcraft 2 comes out :)

zence
zence

OMG .... SIMS 3 GONNA AND IS SOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I WANT IT

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Bet it was pirated 5 times as many times... Don't trust casual gamers, EA!!!

rrcp1us
rrcp1us

Me and my friend enjoy the sims very much, for me it's not a game that keeps you going though, it's nice for casual gamers. And I suppose I'm one of those lucky ones out of the 1.4 mil who's game doesn't crash.

spector000
spector000

When it's popular then it sells well. I personally played the Sims 1 when i was like 10 or 12 years old and at that time it was grate fun. Today after 10 more years of gaming experience i would not be cough dead playing it again. Somethings should have a top limit on players age. For Sims from 0 to 12

zzodr
zzodr

There were two games in PC history I knew would do well when I read about the concept in magazines before they even hit the market... One was back in 1990 - Civilization 1 and the other was The Sims 1.

Extreme124
Extreme124

A good game glad to see. Although it was DL twice as much as 1.4Million and still did great

robberthooij
robberthooij

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haloshalo
haloshalo

shrimps 3 , who's buying this crap any way ?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Much better games don't sell this well. It is a shame really. But it is making 1.4 million people happy so I guess it can't be all bad.

Ashmasaki
Ashmasaki

I wonder how many of those 1.4 million can even play their copy of the game what with the multitude of computer crashing, game breaking bugs. Those extra months they worked on the game did wonders, great job EA!

Mr_Unko
Mr_Unko

i really need to jump on the band wagon and get this game!!!

console-deity
console-deity

This is a sad day in history when a digital doll house can sell so much, now I don't have a problem with women playing video games but when they play this crap and call themselves gamers I take offense. I tried the first for about thirty minutes (years ago btw) and was wtf this isn't fun, where's the f***ing game play. Playing doll house was never fun and never will be unless you're a girl (or just plain weird).

Zloth2
Zloth2

1.4 million in JUNE - heaven only knows what it willl do come Christmas.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

There was a time when i would have been appauled at this. But these days, i'm just glad to see PC games getting some GOOD limelight, whatever that PC game is. It will attract further attention to the market. People who naysay the PC are wrong, to be frank. While the games consoles of today argue their superior sales in 10s of Millions, PC gaming coverage worldwide is around the 1Bn market, which is about a third of all PCs in the world being used, at some point, for games. Might not be hardcore gamers, but then the Wii is everything but hardcore. People also forget most PC game sales are no longer in stores, many PC gamers still use stores, but not as their primary source. Digital Downloads and online sales through etailers, hold the bulk of PCGames purchases now. Mainly because they are easy, quick and cheaper.

happyfatman021
happyfatman021

@ console-deity: I guess I'm part of that other 1% =) I wish I had a computer to run this, mine is too old and frail to handle even this. This is fantastic news for the Sims series, good news indeed.

Vicky-dragon
Vicky-dragon

wow thats a really high amount and in 1 week?! thats amazing to me

Puckhog04
Puckhog04

@ Sins of Mosin: 1. I've only seen Women playing Wii. Does that mean that only Women play Wii? Because it's the same principle as your "I have only seen Women play Sims" comment. Sims is a popular franchise amongst all gamers. I myself am not a fan to be honest but it's still a huge franchise. 2. It won't bring good games to the PC? LOL. PC already has the great, superb, incredible games and more coming in the future, as always. Try again.

death_burnout
death_burnout

its amazing how many people dont know that the "highest speed" (ultra speed) is only meant to speed up and then auto finish after the current task is over...its not meant to be the fastest.

console-deity
console-deity

I'll bet diamonds to doughnuts 99% of those 1.4 million sales were to women/girls. I know there are a small number of guys who play but they are in the minority, men want action not digital dolls.

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

@sinsofmosin, sales are always good. No matter what sells, the indicitation that it does means that the market is there.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

i cant see the roof on the house i just built, im left with using tiles instead.

Kyran87
Kyran87

@brendanhunt1 - correct. but it doesn't bother me as much anymore.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

is it just me or is when u speed up the game to the fastest speed theres barely any difference

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I've only seen women playing it thou thats not a surprise. And RyuRanVII, how is it good for the PC? I highly doubt these women are buying new PCs or even parts for it. It won't bring good games to the PC.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I work at game and people were constantly in buying to be honest it was mainly girls and older men

Bakkoda24
Bakkoda24

@melty3219: even though I share your view of EA(we all want to see them burning in hell), them going bankrupt would lead to all of their games being unsupported. All of the multiplayer servers would go down and tech support would vanish. With the economy for the gaming industry being poor for many companies, I doubt anyone would pick these games up. Then everyone would stop playing the games and it'd be dead :P. But don't give up hope :D

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

I'm not a fan of The Sims, but that's good for PC Gaming.

melty3219
melty3219

I hope Activision sue the hell out of EA so it goes bankrupt lol :P

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

I picked it up. Mostly for my fiancee, she loves the Sims series. But I've got it installed and goof around with it for an hour here and there. I gotta give EA credit - when I heard that the neighborhood was going to be totally seamless and would have no loading times, I didn't think they could pull it off. But they did, and it loads and saves fairly quick considering that.

alaindc
alaindc

so... this is the fastest selling PC game in EA history...even if the game was leaked a full month before release in P2P. now, you see that peoples will buy good games, even if they "try" it before.

Inconnux
Inconnux

This is hopefully a first step towards EA treating their customers like people and not criminals.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

I'll pass until it comes with all 20 expansion packs for £20

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

picking this game up today. haven't played the sims since the first one, but it's time to give it another try.