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Sims Soon to Get a Hot Date
1:05 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Sims Resource at MGON recently received a sneak-peak at Hot Date, the next expansion set in the ever-burgeoning world of The Sims. As the title suggests, Hot Date is all about livening up the romantic aspect of the daily lives of your Sims. Though it is not quite finished yet, the implications of this expansion dedicated to amorous pursuit so far look quite promising.

As every dating expert knows, 3 of the most important words in dating practice are location, location, location. The right setting is just the thing to put a prospective mate in the mood. Hot Date will give players 10 empty lots located downtown on which to build a myriad of dating-friendly locations, including parks, restaurants, and nightclubs. For those that like things hot and sandy, 2 of the lots will be beachfront property.

For those just getting started in the dating game, there are several ways to make contact with other swinging singles. Besides the tried-and-true telephone, Sims can also make use of the internet to set up blind dates, or even just head downtown and play the pick-up game.

While in the midst of a date, Sims have been observed playing footsie, ordering various dishes at restaurants, and entertaining each other with hand puppets. Unfortunately for them, NPCs such as The Prude now wander the streets, just looking to stick their noses where they don't belong:

This little old grey haired granny walks around carrying her handbag (which looks as though it doubles up as a weapon) sticking her nose into other peoples business. Just as my Sim started to flirt with a girl that he tempted out of a dance cage with some pathetic chat-up line, the Prude stepped in wagging her finger and blurting, “Don’t do that”! (in a Simlish kind of way).
An online option will also be available for Hot Date through the existing Sims Exchange program. Basically an online dating agency, players will be able to locate compatible Sims, download them, and head downtown in an attempt to pick them up. As with other Sims, if the relationship progresses, that Sim may eventually become controllable.

Hot Date currently has a release date of November for the PC version. A Mac version still has yet to be announced, but with the huge popularity of The Sims on both platforms, we're confident that someone will port this expansion set over for us sometime in the future; the previous titles and expansions have come our way via Aspyr Media. In the meantime, be sure to check out the preview at The Sims Resource for pictures and additional information on this upcoming expansion.

The Sims Resource - Hot Date Preview
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