Sims 3 unveiling on March 19?

New EA teaser site promises further details about the next iteration of its megapopular life-sim series in two weeks.

In November 2006, Electronic Arts chief financial officer Warren Jenson revealed that The Sims 3 was in the works. Though he was reticent on details about the next iteration of the series--which is so popular that one of EA's four divisions is devoted to it--he did say the franchise would eventually arrive on the Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles. The Sims' Wii debut, MySims, went on sale last September to mixed critical and commercial success. However, to date, no Sims games have appeared on either the PS3 or its archrival Xbox 360 console.

That, however, may soon change. After over a year under the radar, the Sims 3 has resurfaced courtesy of a teaser page on the EA-owned URL thesims3.ea.com. The site went live this week with an enigmatic splash page showing an emerald-green crystal with the numeral "3" next to it. Below it are the words "More information coming soon!*" and below that the date "*March 19."

What exactly is EA teasing? An ESRB "Rating Pending" logo discreetly tucked at the bottom of the page seems to indicate it is indeed a single Sims 3 game. However, the company has not elaborated on whether said game will be a proper successor to the Sims 2, which was released on the PC in 2004 and adapted for the DS, Mac, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, original Xbox, and Game Boy Advance the following year.

Sales-wise, the NPD Group reports the original Sims 2 has sold nearly 4.9 million copies on all platforms in the US, with the PC edition spawning 15 expansion and add-on packs. Other non-PC Sims 2 games included, The Sims 2: Pets and The Sims 2: Castaway. According to EA, nearly 100 million Sims games have been sold worldwide since the Will Wright-created series launched in 1999.

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Bulleproofguy
Bulleproofguy

It seems that the suprise may be a delay in release-amazon.co.uk have forwarded the date to march 27 wtf?!

---AnDrE---
---AnDrE---

yrh i think it will be great btw the reason y its not on 360 is cas the disc that 360 uses cant hold the memory and they would need multidiscs but cas ps3 uses blu-ray discs its 6 times the memory of a 360 disc. thats y in 09/10 there will be alot ov massive games on ps3 that simply cant fit on an xbox 360 disc for example: god of war 3 killzone 2 M.A.G and others...

ddos-attacker
ddos-attacker

awesome site. good info too. 2009........huh? well lets give them time to make the game better than it already is.

haddock07
haddock07

the sites awsome!! too bad we have to wait until 2009 to get the game....

xpyromaniiacx
xpyromaniiacx

the last couple sims games for playstation has it so you can't have kids. hopefully this one will make it so you can. and more room in the house please? i'm tired of having to put out fires cause of "too much" furniture. it should live up to the others. :)

Dark_angel22
Dark_angel22

well those pictures was manipulated and false. i can do similar pictures with photoshop. just have to wait 8 more days for the REAL pictures

pennykenny
pennykenny

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HOLY SUNFFFFLOWER FFFFFF AWSOME

Sonic_P
Sonic_P

yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!I JUST CAN"T WAIT

cirobc15
cirobc15

OMG i'm surprise.... the sims is Great i can't wait until 19 too

newown
newown

If that was real .... OMFG !!!!!!!! :cry: I can't wait until March 19th ! If you are a SIMS Fan ... please send me a friend request and PM , we need to talk about this "MOST-WANTED" game to me . Don't forget the On-line game play :D Bye guys ;)

mellomr
mellomr

Wow! I didn't realize Sims2 had that many expansions/add-ons. Glad I didnt buy each one of those and opted to wait until they put them in one package like they did on the first Sims series.

wenbin09
wenbin09

would be great if it's on multi platform

Zelda_Mist
Zelda_Mist

i mean the only next thing to put on the sims would have to filter out the nudity mesh, what else can you do? sound effects on the toilet, a better woohoo graphic...?

razzgurl
razzgurl

hopefully we dont have to wait til 09 T_T

razzgurl
razzgurl

omgersh i cant wait for the sims3 to come out ^_^ the graphics are gonna be soo incredible.

Aries03
Aries03

I've always been a huge fan of the sims and for them to bring out another one is just great...thank the gods for will wright.

iluvgames32
iluvgames32

i luv will wright 4 making the sims. without them, i'd b lost. (i'm not gay

all4lal
all4lal

i dont think those are real pics.looks like its made up.hope the real pics comes out soon.

gnutux
gnutux

I can't wait to see what things I should expect. Sims 2 basically covered most of the bases. Can we finally get out of the house than to the community lots? Please? lol

zunit88
zunit88

I dunno y i got this update!! am not tracking this stupid game!!!

Riverhippo
Riverhippo

WOW. That "emerald green crystal," correctly called a plumbob, looks just orgasmic. If The Sims 3 graphics are that pretty, I'll be a happy camper. But does anyone else's brain read it as The Sims Cubed?

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

So cool! :D I'm looking foward to find out what info they have on March 19!

saffronshell
saffronshell

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayness. I'm a real Sims fan :D :D :D

MarcjinJaume
MarcjinJaume

The problem of the Sims is that it's a social life simulator for all ages what makes it boring. If we had an accurate life sim game it'd be rated for adults only. Imagine a family in which the dad gets drunk every evening and hits his son or a teenager who starts taking drugs,etc. More or less common, this is part of life.

Vorador47
Vorador47

for the love of god, enough with the sims and the 50 million add-on packs. the sims is just an excuse for grown ups to play with a doll house. mind you im being a little harsh, when it first came out it was amusing at least. but once ea starting milking the crap out of it. it just became annoying, but then really it the sad arses that buy all that crap that are to blame really.

berkner_ram77
berkner_ram77

Why couldn't they just put their time into making SPORE as good as possible?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

sims 3 will make millions sadly unlike other games that deserve it. its pirates that kill our industry.

oshaneo93
oshaneo93

i hope u can walk around and drive around without it loading all the time. dat was really annoying.

JGoWild
JGoWild

This was bound to happen

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I can't wait for this game! However, I'll be good when I get Brawl on Sunday.

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

I wonder how many expansions Sims 3 will get in its lifetime? Sounds cool. I think it's time they started moving on.

TheFragcat
TheFragcat

here's me thinking sims 2 would be the last in the series. bring on sims 3!

Axe_336
Axe_336

There was a hint of this in the latest expansion. I loaded it up and clicked on one of my families to start it up. For some reason a guy came along and dropped a box off. Inside was a computer with, what game loaded on it? Sims 3. So I guess this news confirms my earlier suspiscions.

Axe_336
Axe_336

There was a hint of this in the latest expansion. I loaded it up and clicked on one of my families to start it up. For some reason a guy came along and dropped a box off. Inside was a computer with, what game loaded on it? Sims 3. So I guess this news confirms my earlier suspiscions.

Mad4Midna
Mad4Midna

OMG! I thought that the sims 2 was gonna be the last 1!:) horray 4 the sims!

Mad4Midna
Mad4Midna

OMG! I thought that the sims 2 was gonna be the last 1!:) horray 4 the sims!

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

Sweet. The Sims series rocks!

Zetona
Zetona

I don't want to see Sims 3, I want to see Simcity 5! Who's with me?

sykalob
sykalob

one of my favorite games

ghost867
ghost867

I'd assume that the Sims 3 would hit the PC first, and later you'd see a full fledged PS3 port, since it was announced, and has been in development on the PS3 first. Then I figure you'd see a 360 and a Mac port that are good, but not as good as the PS3 or PC versions. At about the same time as the 360 and Mac versions, expect to see The Sims 3 get a crappy port to the Wii, DS, Mac, and possibly PSP and/or PS2. Then expect a BAGILLION expansions, spin offs, and just about everything else. Hopefully, this will be a good game, and I expect it to be as much. Wouldn't be surprised to see it hit by the end of the year, though it'd be more likely to be a first half of 2009 title. Should be a nice temporary console exclusive for the PS3.