The Sims visiting Medieval times next spring

EA to launch spin-off series with The Sims Medieval on PC and Mac; entry adds Hero Sims and lets players control kings and queens, blacksmiths and bards.

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The virtual denizens of EA's life simulation series The Sims have no doubt suffered midlife crises. However, they're about to endure a Middle Age crisis. EA today announced that a new entry in the series, The Sims Medieval, will arrive for the PC and Mac in spring 2011.

The Sims travel through time next year.
The Sims travel through time next year.

The title, the first in a series, will have players create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every "Hero Sim" character in the game. Additionally, The Sims Medieval gives players the chance to control persons from all walks of life including kings, queens, knights, wizards, blacksmiths, and bards.

The game's quests will include of an array of tasks, including crafting a legendary sword, arranging a royal wedding, protecting the kingdom from an evil sorcerer, and finding the fountain of youth. Additionally, EA promises quests will play out differently depending on which Hero Sim is in action.

As is expected of the franchise, The Sims Medieval will feature a plethora of customization and moral options. Players can erect and expand their kingdoms either by internal growth or outward imperial domination. Additionally, players can choose to embark upon quests for personal fame or for the well-being of their constituents and can personalize their characters' physical appearance, intangible traits, and fatal flaws.

The Sims Medieval is currently in development at Electronic Arts' The Sims Studio.

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