'The Sims Unleashed' Ships

by Thomas on Sept. 25, 2002 @ 4:52 p.m. PDT

Electronic Arts today announced the release of The Sims Unleashed, a new add-on disk to the top-selling PC game of all time, The Sims. As fans of The Sims know, there has always been something missing from their virtual neighborhoods... pets. In The Sims Unleashed, players can now add pets to their Sims families. An all new expanded neighborhood featuring parks, pet stores, cafes and markets will give the Sims and their new pets a variety of places to sniff, explore and meet their new neighbors.

"Pets are something that our fans have been clamoring for since the release of the original Sims," said Jonathan Knight, Producer at EA's Maxis(TM) studio. "The Sims Unleashed offers players all sorts of furry friends to add to their Sim families. With an all new neighborhood, new careers, and gardening, we are bringing more to the Sims than ever before!"

For the first time ever, The Sims can visit a pet adoption center and bring home a variety of different creatures. Players will make a big splash with the addition of a lumbering Labrador or fickle feline to their Sim family. They can also visit a pet store and buy a parrot, turtle, iguana, fish or an array of pet accoutrements that are fun for their pets and the whole family.

The Sims Unleashed gives players brand new social interactions and expands their neighborhood. Thirty all-new residential and community lots featuring new homes, lush parks, a hip new Internet cafe, cool shops and a farmer's market are available for Sims to explore. Now The Sims can walk their pooch in the park or bring their cat to a cafe and build their relationships with their neighbors through their adorable animals.

Your Sims can teach their new dog old tricks or hire an efficient Pet Trainer to do all of the dirty work. Sims can also enter their kitties and canines in the local Pet Show. The competition is "dog eat dog," as Sim pets try to impress the Pet Judges for prizes that can be displayed in an all new trophy case.

Also new to The Sims Unleashed is gardening. Your Sims can now grow a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, carrots and green beans in their own backyard plots using seeds purchased at the local garden store. Proper care of the garden will yield a crop that can be picked and stored in the new kitchen pantry or sold at the local farmer's market. Your new pets will also come in handy as they help chase away the pesky rabbits, gophers, and mice. Don't be surprised if they aren't the only unwelcome animals that come a callin'.

The Sims Unleashed Expansion Pack(1) adds 5 new career paths with 50 new and exciting jobs. Sims can enter the exciting world of fashion, become a culinary genius, take care of the neighborhood's pets as a trustworthy veterinarian, teach others as a noble educator, or simply run away and join the circus. Over 125 new objects for pets and people, dozens of new character skins and an all-new decorator set with a New Orleans French Quarter theme round out this new Sim offering. The Sims Unleashed is truly the cat's meow!

The Sims has become a cultural phenomenon and is now the best selling PC game of all time. Translated into 16 different languages, The Sims has inspired five Expansion Packs; The Sims(TM) Livin' Large, The Sims(TM) House Party, The Sims(TM) Hot Date, The Sims(TM) Vacation, and The Sims Unleashed. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 17 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims Unleashed and all other The Sims franchise titles, visit http://www.thesims.com.

Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM), EA SPORTS BIG(TM) and EA.COM(SM). More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.info.ea.com.

(1) Requires The Sims (TM) or The Sims(TM) Deluxe Edition to play.

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