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EA Ships 'The Sims Double Deluxe'

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 6:16 a.m. PDT

Electronic Arts today announced the release of The Sims Double Deluxe, the ultimate compilation of the top-selling PC franchise, The Sims. The Sims Double Deluxe delivers the original #1 PC game of all time, The Sims, as well as The Sims Livin' Large and The Sims House Party expansion packs in one value-packed product. With the most Sims content ever assembled in one place, there has never been a better time to join The Sims phenomenon.

The Sims, which originally launched in February 2000, is the wildly popular game that allows players to create a neighborhood of simulated people known as "Sims" and control their lives. The Sims Double Deluxe combines the full version of The Sims with the first two expansion packs in the series, The Sims Livin' Large and The Sims House Party. The Sims Livin' Large allows players to put their Sim families into zany situations and settings. Its content adds dozens of extreme items to the game including a home chemistry lab, heart shaped bed, and crystal ball, as well as a cast of wild characters such as the Grim Reaper, Genie, and Tragic Clown. The Sims House Party opens the door for players to throw the biggest bash, whether their Sims hoedown at a country barn dance, chow down at a tropical luau, or go underground at a rave, they are sure to rock the house. Additionally, there are numerous outrageous items such as a dance cage and mechanical bull, as well as madcap characters like a cake dancer and personal caterer.

The Sims Double Deluxe also includes The Sims(TM) Creator, an inventive customization tool for creating Sim characters. Players can recreate any Sim imaginable, right down to the smallest detail. Users can select new clothes, design original attire, add logos to their clothing, and accessorize their Sims with belts, ties, and jewelry. For the ultimate level of personalization, players can import their face into the program and put it directly on a Sim character.

Rounding off this must-have collection, players can furnish their homes with all-new bonus content including dozens of new walls, floors, and objects in African and Asian design themes. This bonus material also will be available to download on http://www.thesims.com. Access to this content requires players to own The Sims(TM) Deluxe Edition or The Sims(TM) plus any one of the following expansion packs, The Sims(TM) Vacation, The Sims(TM) Unleashed, or The Sims(TM) Superstar. Please visit the site for further information.

Also included is a comprehensive collection of game objects posted on http://www.thesims.com since the launch of The Sims House Party, including a Carnivorous Plant and Mistletoe, which players can incorporate into their Sim universe. The Sims Double Deluxe offers the perfect invitation to enter the world of The Sims.

The Sims Double Deluxe requires Windows® 95 or greater, a 233 MHz Intel Pentium II, 128 MB of RAM, a 4 MB video card with DirectX 7.0 compatible driver, and a DirectX 7.0 compatible sound card. The Sims Double Deluxe is available in stores now for a suggested retail price of US $44.95 or by direct order from the EA StoreSM at http://www.ea.com or by calling 877-EA GAMES (1-877-324-2637). It carries an ESRB rating of "T" for Teens.

About The Sims(TM)

The Sims franchise celebrated its third anniversary in February. The game skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000 and quickly became a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims PC base product was the best selling PC game of 2000, 2001, and 2002. Translated into 17 different languages, The Sims has inspired six expansion packs that have all been top sellers. They include The Sims(TM) Livin' Large, The Sims(TM) House Party, The Sims(TM) Hot Date, The Sims(TM) Vacation, The Sims(TM) Unleashed, and The Sims(TM) Superstar. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 28 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims franchise titles, visit http://www.thesims.com.

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