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Tuesday, January 30, 2001

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Will Wright Talks of Sims Future
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Will Wright, creator of The Sims has spoken with GameSpy about what has made The Sims such a popular title and where Maxis is looking to take the genre in the future. Besides the two announced add-on packs, there are also plans for The Sims 2 and a Sims Online, bringing your Sims even more into the realm of the internet. Here's a clip about where they hope to move the game:

Wright said the next steps in the evolution of the game is two-fold: the development of The Sims Online and Sims 2.0. The online version will bring people together in virtual communities, allowing them to use all of the customized characters and fan created content that has made the game such a huge success already.

The plan is to allow for up to 50,000 houses in the world (or shard, as it is know in MMORPG terms). The idea will be for players to create spots that other users will want to visit, such as amusement parks, sports arenas or nightclubs. He likened the idea to a "giant Disneyland, with users creating the rides."

There are more details on the multiplayer aspects of Sims Online in the article, a fascinating read for Sims fans.

The article notes how the development team's focus is consistently on the fans, who have created a huge amount of original content for the game and spawned many web sites devoted to their favorite game (such as According to details discussed in the interview, The Sims 2 will be focused on the amazing storylines users are creating with their Sims; they even discuss having the game recognize what sort of story could be created about your Sims, based on how you play the game. As with previous Sims titles, no Mac versions are promised -- however, we are certain Aspyr Media will step in and make sure we get our piece of the online Sims experience as well.

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