E3: Sims Online Preview, Images
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PC.IGN has written up a nice new preview of Will Wright's upcoming multiplayer title, Sims Online. The quick article is based on an investor session at E3 and looks at the basics of the game known so far. There are also four new screen shots available, so be sure to have a look at those too. Wright himself was presenting this newest sandbox creation, which seems to cross SimCity and The Sims into a 3D online experience. A monetary system will be in place to allow players to make a living, and you will even be able to have your Sim express different moods. Here's an excerpt:
He [Wright] clicks rapidly through a series of screens and a topographical map of a fictional world swims into view. It shows a blank expanse of terrain -- a coastline, a river, a forest, sort of like the empty green slate at the beginning of SimCity. Then he clicks on one of the icons on the map and we zoom in on a complete house, custom-built by a player, with the kind of tiles and furniture and interior decoration you find in The Sims. But this isn't someone's house, it's a casino another player made as a business enterprise. There's a free market economy in this game (based on Simoleons, of course), and every shopkeeper and customer is another player controlling another Sim. And once the game is beta-tested in earnest, hundreds and thousands of these houses, offices, and buildings will be popping up all over the game world.This will be an amazingly ambitious title, but we're sure Wright and his team at Maxis will be able to pull it off. We're also hopeful that Aspyr Media, publishers of the Mac version of The Sims, will be able to bring the Sims Online our way as well. The title isn't expected out until next year, so we'll bring you more on its progress in the future.
The Sims Site at Aspyr
Every server will be its own city, but they won't be clones of each other. The plan is to have some on the coast, some in the mountains, each with a character of its own. Wright also expects players to group themselves by interests and hobbies -- a Western-themed town over here, sci-fi fans over here, a fantasy world over here. "It'll probably end up like Disneyland where the players are building the rides," Wright says.
Sims Online Preview at PC.IGN
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