EA boxes up SimCity quintet

New SimCity Box collection will feature five recent installments in the groundbreaking series for $39.99 this June, including SimCity 4 and SimCity Societies.

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Electronic Arts loves compilations. Besides distributing Valve's current best-seller The Orange Box, the publisher has released a series of compilations of its classic series. These include Command & Conquer: The First Decade and a variety of Sims compilations, such as The Sims: The Complete Collection.

Today, the Redwood City, California-based publisher bundled up another of its series. The SimCity Box collection will compile five PC entries into the Will Wright-created series--which has sold more than 17 million units worldwide since launching in 1989--into a single affordable package.

Included in the bundle are the classic SimCity 4 (2003), its expansion SimCity 4 Rush Hour (2004), the lukewarmly reviewed SimCity Societies (2007), its forthcoming SimCity Societies: Destinations expansion pack (May 2008), and the recently released The Sims Carnival: SnapCity (January 2008).

Set for a release sometime in June, The SimCity Box will retail for $39.99 and is only available for the PC. In the announcement, EA touted the fact that were someone to buy the games individually, the combined price would be more than $100.

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