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Tuesday, June 19, 2001

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Sims Online Q&A with Will Wright
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PC.IGN has posted a late E3 interview with Maxis founder Will Wright which discusses his upcoming title, the Sims Online. This ambitious title will take the extraordinary popularity of The Sims and moves it onto the internet with seven times the content and a persistent world to interact with others. You will get a maximum of three seperate characters in the game, each with their own plot of land to build however you want. The interview covers a number of issues surround the Sims Online such as annoying players, copyrighted skins, and making it fun for 'casual' players. Here's an interesting clip about the monetary system:

IGNPC: What's the incentive for characters in the game to acquire money.

Will Wright: To build up your lot, you need to buy objects. We're going to have rare objects which in the world, people will auction off and bid up. We'll have rare objects to give to people.

You can also form clubs and neighborhoods in the game, and those have leaders, you vote for the leader and those leaders get special rights in the game. Like your house -- if you're living alone, people can't come to your house if you're offline. Only if you're online are the lights going to be on. That's what a big advantage to having roommates -- your house will be online more often.

But if you're a club leader or a neighborhood leader, you have get option of keeping your house online twenty-four [hours a day], seven [days a week], even when you're not there. So I might be the leader of the science fiction club, and people pay their dues to me, and we use those funds to build up this really cool science fiction, starship clubhouse and anybody can go there that's a member of the club, even if I'm not online.

Defintely head over and have a read through the rest of the Q&A for lots of info on the game. Sims Online is currently set for release in early 2002, and we're hoping Aspyr will announce plans for a Mac version as that date nears. Currently they're working to get the second expansion pack House Party out in the next month.

Will Wright Interview at PC.IGN
Aspyr Media Web Site

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