The Sims 3 goes gold

Latest relaunch of EA's popular life sim series is finally finished; online and retail launch set for June 2.

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It's been nearly five years since The Sims 2 first hit shelves, but the game continues to swarm the PC sales charts, placing itself and its numerous expansions in the top 10 week after week. That dominance is about to be put to the test by the game's own successor, given that publisher Electronic Arts announced today that The Sims 3 has gone gold in time to meet its June 2 release date.

Whisper sweet gibberish in my ear.

The open-ended life simulator originally had a February 20 launch date. However, EA pushed the game back to its new release date so it could invest additional time and effort to make the marketing campaign for the game more innovative.

The Sims 3 offers players the ability to customize individual sims by allotting them five unique character traits, from a choice of brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid, and romantic. Other new features packed into Sims 3 include a Create a Sim mode and short- and long-term goals.

The Sims 3 will be available for $49.99 in stores or through digital distribution. Diehard fans can also purchase the $69.99 collector's edition from retailers, which includes The Sims 3, a Sims Plumbob USB Drive, an exclusive in-game Italian-style sports car, a cheats guide, and The Sims 3 Plumbob stickers pack.

Discussion

81 comments
Rallen6
Rallen6

lol unluckaay america only 45 quid over in england for collectors and 39 quid for normal that not a big price difference only 6 quid,so if u in uk get the collectors or your reaaally dumb trust me.

franku571
franku571

all you sims fans haters you suck this game is going to be on top of the charts

seb_withers
seb_withers

Finally yay and is that price tag right because EB (yes i Know it is overpriced) but they say on their website is that collecters edition is 120 and normal is 90 ??? will they be forced to put it down

bankyoyo
bankyoyo

It'll be better. A lot better. People that said The Sims is boring is people with no patience.

DrHappy
DrHappy

Here's to the game I've been counting, day by day down, for 120 days! =D Cheers!

Xaviersx
Xaviersx

I'm hoping it does well, so chill.

BloodMist
BloodMist

What, a waste of time and money. For the record, they don't make content for the expansion packs until AFTER the game is released, they make countless other games at the same time, so your argument about time is man hours and that's how these businesses thrive is absolutely ridiculous when it comes to expansion packs, thank you.Yeah buy your DLC, get ripped off like countless others do.Lemmings running off the cliff.Keep goin.

franku571
franku571

all the sims3 fans r u ready for the game

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

All women of the world must be really really happy now :)

EmkayXx
EmkayXx

Wow, is the price above, in US dollars? Man, even in US dollars its a LOT more cheaper than the 100 AUD that stores are going to be selling it for. Lol, maybe this is why PC games are failing in Australia.

gameking5000
gameking5000

In normal games all the new features in Sims 3 would be included in an expansion

redoAlf
redoAlf

@Reuwsaat there are birds on the game (:

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

I see someone don't like the truth...they delayed the game because it is not even a real game it is sad excuse of a game. Now at least there is some thing to report. Have a good day!

Xaviersx
Xaviersx

I'll wait, maybe a long time before getting the Sim3. I've owned both 1 and 2, found 2 to be a graphic leap above 1, but still pretty much a bore after a while. That's why I love the modding community, often doing what long awaited expansion packs do or don't quite do, give more interaction and entertainment to the sand box. I have more fun breaking the Sims than playing the Sim 1,2 and maybe 3. Maybe I'll buy 3 when it price drops, which virtually doesn't happen with the Sims line, so it'll probably be used. Besides fancier graphics, I hope the code is feature rich and user expandable beyond what I've come to get use to over the years, or I might not even buy used. To each their own.

XtremeX10X
XtremeX10X

I've preordered the Collector's Edition and i recently wrote a review on The Sims 2. Will Wright (The guy who brought the sims to life) is a gaming legend.

ZedFragg
ZedFragg

Microtransactions = no more exp packs? Could this be the death of conventional exp packs? I do hope not! I wanted to get this for my sisters birthday but it was delayed...Late birthday present ahoy!

masry95
masry95

hope it is better than the sims 2 which was terrible

shade1978x
shade1978x

@hurricaner They don't put all the expansion packs in the game because the developers make money by, duh, SELLING product. In this case, expansion packs. It's kind of how game companies survive financially so that they can give us the games we love. Gaming isn't an entitlement to gamers, it's a privilege. People have to work hard to make games and expect to be compensated for their work. You're not forced to buy expansion packs. But, you also don't get to experience their content, either. If you have a job and your employer was surprised when you asked for your paycheck, wouldn't you be a little confused? You work, you get paid. Same goes for game developers.

hurricaner
hurricaner

Ok so they are going to release the Sims 3...then they are going to release a ton of expansion packs that cost the same as the game.so i beg the question...why don't they put all those damn, expansion packs in the game in the first place?

DrHappy
DrHappy

Oh, and too all you guys who say that "Sims 3 is just like Sims 2," there are many different things. For one, something MAJOR in the game is that the entire town actually does stuff your playing your Sim. You know how you could just play one family, and have them all die from old age, and all their friends would still be just as young as when you started? Now you won't! And, your Sims no longer have a mental handicap, and can live by themselves, without you telling them what to do. Personality has alot more to do in this game. So stop saying this game is just the old one with a new face. This is very different.

DrHappy
DrHappy

"The Sims 3 offers players the ability to customize individual sims by allotting them five unique character traits, from a choice of brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid, and romantic." What the heck? Your character can keep 5, but there are many more then 5 in the game.. Like, alot more then 5. Next time read up on a game before you report news on it, mates..

JimmyCos
JimmyCos

same thing as skeledragon also the short and long term goals where in the sims 2 with expansions there's no change in this game (compared with the big jump between the sims 1 and sims 2)

prioritymail
prioritymail

This sims game just doesn't seem to make any sort of "leap" in gameplay from Sims 2. I don't think I will buy it.

Skeledragon
Skeledragon

"The Sims 3 offers players the ability to customize individual sims by allotting them five unique character traits, from a choice of brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid, and romantic." ??? get your facts straight, Gamespot. its not five, its more like around 60 character traits

Hekynn
Hekynn

Hmm I dunno should I save my Bestbuy gift cards for this game or Batman that's coming out only have 64 bucks in total with the 2 gift cards combined. =(

morrdin
morrdin

Even guys can dream about having a huge house, nice cars, a beautiful wife, and loving children. Sims is a life simulation in which anyone can play out their dreams in a largely consequence free world. That has a big attraction to both males and females.

Emraldo
Emraldo

@Darkon_X While girls may see this as Barbie, guys tend to see it as ants with a magnifying glass.

konradak
konradak

Wow, this looks actually pretty good. I skipped out on Sims 2 but I did enjoy the 1st one. I doubt my laptop will be able to effectively run this game though >.

bioghost
bioghost

I hope my sim can kill and rampage into my neighborhood

Scarshi
Scarshi

ehh ... delays are always a few reasons, not just one. Last minute fixes, polishing/tweaking time, marketing, timing of release, etc. Too many games make it out with not enough money to finish, or too much money into the wrong ideas. All they have to do is concentrate on their working formula with a few tweaks and make sure the new game doesn't cause the same problems the first one did before patches and updates. Instead I'm just positive this new game will incorporate all new bugs, sigh. Already have it on pre-order anyway regardless. It'll be cool.

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

Well it's no secret that the majority of players are female. Heck here: http://thesims.ea.com/us/news/3year_pressrelease.html Straight from EA itself. 60% of sims players are female. Hmmm... I wonder why. Maybe it's because you get to dress pretty, buy a house, get a job, get a car, get a partner... sounds like barbie to me. Btw I wasn't trying to troll in my first comment. I was just trying to point out that I fail to see how guys like this game so much.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds good to me, I'm so ready to get this game

brilhasti
brilhasti

Lamest excuse ever for delaying a game. Where was all that innovative marketing, eh?

Zyllus_
Zyllus_

sweet, means no more delays. =]

don_bidarian
don_bidarian

I love these games, started my the sims life on 2001 and never stopped playing till now. Now I can't wait for this one.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Coming out in June and right in the middle of a recession - and it will still make tons of money. I don't have any idea what people see in these games but the release date sure impresses me.

playa42018
playa42018

So have they announced the first expansion yet?

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

@ Pinstar It's EA, what do you expect? @ Super_Austy_X Already did. There will be a paid DLC on the day of release and at least 2 other DLC packs in June alone

Dogswithguns
Dogswithguns

I preordered it. do I have to read everything? No.