The Sims 3 Receives Expansion, The Sims 4 Delayed

The Sims 4, sequel to The Sims 3
Are you Ready?

Today the new expansion for The Sims 3, Into The Future is released alongside an announcement from Electronic Arts (EA) saying the The Sims 4 will be delayed until fall of 2014.

What Is The Sims?

For those that don’t know, The Sims is a video game simulation of real life, not like Grand Theft Auto. Instead of shooting and running down civilians in cars, The Sims focuses on giving the player the ability to create an individual and give them a life however the player sees fit. If you want to play as a young woman who just bought her first house and dreams of making it the most beautiful house ever, that is extremely possible.

When Did The Sims Begin?

The first Sims game to be released was simply called The Sims and it debuted on February 4, 2000. The game was expected to fail and was lucky to have been finished in the first place. As of today The Sims has sold about 16 million copies. Four years after the release of The Sims came the sequel The Sims 2 which was also a great success that outsold its predecessor.

The Sims 3 Crystal
The Sims trademark crystal hovers over whoever you control


The developers Maxis lost a lot of their work during the making of The Sims 2, so the game was not as ideal as they had hoped for. In order to make The Sims franchise the coolest thing since sliced bread, Maxis started putting out expansion packs. They did not only put out expansion packs, they also put out item packs and collections as well as porting The Sims 2 to other systems such as the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Xbox, and more.

The Sims 2 expansion packs
Do you love customization?

What About The Sims 3?

The Sims 3 was the best-selling PC game the year it debuted (2009) and has contributed heavily to the franchise having grossed more than $2.5 billion in revenue. Expectations for The Sims 4 are not only high within the development team but also within the community, that is to say that The Sims has a strong fan base and will likely sell a solid number of copies no matter the quality of the game.

The current expansion Into The Future is set to be the final piece of expansion that The Sims 3 receives. It is the eleventh expansion for The Sims 3 and comes out today, unless you are in Europe, then it comes out onOctober 24, and on October 25, for the United Kingdom.

This new expansion is entirely futuristic themed and features a time traveling character that offers his time portal to the player. The portal takes the player to an area called “Oasis Landing” which is a futuristic town build in the middle of what seems to be a never-ending wasteland.

Setting of Into The Future, the new Sims 3 expansion
Futuristic enough for you?

The Sims 4 Delay?

EA has not given a specific day for the new release but they did delay it to sometime in fall of 2014. Vice President and general manager of The Sims Studio, Rachel Franklin talked about how the fans are the reason behind the delay, saying that they want to give the fans their best work. “Those millions of voices will fuel our development process, helping The Sims 4 to be the most ambitious and the best game our studio has ever made. We can’t wait to see our fans reaction when The Sims 4 comes out in fall 2014.”


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Written By: Garrett Jutte

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