A rather kickass video and announcement has come out of E3 today.
The video and the announcement both center around The Sims 3 on consoles.
First off, here’s the E3 The Sims 3 console trailer that hit today. The title says “gameplay” on the YouTube video and the video is from EA. However, the gameplay looks awfully good for a console game. Maybe that’s just me being jaded – you tell me.
*Edited to add: After reading this IGN console “first look” on The Sims 3 console version and seeing the images, I’m gonna say the video is legit…with cheats.
But, the video is pretty damn cool so I find myself not really caring if it’s CGI or if it’s actual in-game footage.
The second thing that was announced today was the fact The Sims is coming to the Nintendo 3Ds in 2011 which is cool news if you’re getting one and can’t seem to satiate your Sims fix.
Here’s the press release in case you care:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 15, 2010 – The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the critically-acclaimed The SimsTM 3 is in development for the Nintendo 3DSTM, and will be available in 2011. The Sims 3, a global success on the PC, Mac and mobile devices, will launch this fall on the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, WiiTM and Nintendo DSTM making it accessible from every gaming touch point available.
“We’re bringing players the first true 3D life simulation game on a handheld utilizing the ground breaking technology of the Nintendo 3DS,” explained Sam Player, Executive Producer at EA. “With new features like face mapping, a living open neighborhood, connectivity like never before and an all-new feature called “Karma Powers,” we’re making it easier than ever for gamers to play with life from the gaming platform of their choice.”
The Sims 3 for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii are developed by The Sims Studio and have not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information about The Sims 3, please visit to www.TheSims3.com. Join more than one million The Sims fans on Facebook by visiting the official fansite page for The Sims 3 athttp://www.facebook.com/TheSims3. To download artwork, please visit www.eagames.co.uk/press
- According to NPD data, Chart-track UK, Gfk France, Gfk Spain, Gfk-MCC Germany and EA internal estimate.
AND, here are two image assets that were released along with the press release. One of the file names is sims3_e3_cas_face_2.jpg so there’s no clue as to what console it’s supposed to be from but based on the size – less that 500px wide – I’m going to assume DS…they look like DS screens.