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EA Announces New Sims GameCube Game

by Steven Rodriguez - May 8, 2003, 9:01 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Someone should tell them that there are no such things as expansion packs for consoles.

EA Announces Plans for The Sims Bustin' Out on All Current-Generation Console Systems

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2003--Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims(TM) Bustin' Out is in development for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube(TM). The Sims is making a big return to consoles with The Sims Bustin' Out. For the first time, Sims console players will have the ability to get their Sims out of the house and into all-new locations to play, work, and meet a cast of outrageous new characters. The Sims Bustin' Out PlayStation 2 console version will be unveiled to industry insiders on May 13th at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles. The game is scheduled to be released simultaneously on all current-generation console platforms in early 2004.

"We're giving our fans what they've been asking for, the excitement of getting out of the house to explore new locations, meet wild new characters, and experience new storylines," said Sinjin Bain, Vice President and Executive Producer of the game at EA's Maxis(TM) studio. "The Sims Bustin' Out has ten times more replay value than the first Sims console game."

The Sims Bustin' Out features an all-new neighborhood with over a dozen new unlockable locations and a cast of over 40 new zany characters to socialize with. Players will purchase a car or scooter in order to get out of the house and head to the Gym to work out with exercise fanatic Goldie Toane or to Club Rubb to rave with club owner Bing Bling. Players will be able to crash parties, create havoc, or just drive their neighbors crazy!

Sims console players will be able to unlock and collect 80 new social moves like "Towel Snap" and "Moonwalk Dancing" that will add to the distinct character of a Sim. Players can unlock hundreds of new objects such as a Climbing Wall and a High Dive to test their skills outside the house.

Players can choose from ten new careers including Mobster, Athlete, Mad Scientist, and Fashion Victim. Depending on what career track you choose there are now a variety of different ways to win the game. Players will have the ability to go back and forth through different careers and levels to unlock objects and locations. Players can play with or against friends in two-player mode, which is available throughout the entire game. The Sims Bustin' Out also features level-based gameplay.

Like never before, Sims characters on the console will have distinct and noticeable personality that will affect gameplay. For example, a shy Sim will do a timid dance at the dance club, but an outgoing Sim will be rocking around the dance floor, showing off their moves.

The new controller-base game interface makes manipulating the Sims through the triumphs and tribulations of their daily lives both easy and amusing. All console versions will have memory card support so players can take their Sims over to a friend's house.

EA Goes Big At E3

Here are the GameCube highlights.

EA DEBUTS ITS 2003 GAMES AT THE ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

23 NEW TITLES ON SHOW

Chertsey, UK. - May 8, 2003 - Electronic Arts, the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced its line-up of 23 new games that will be showcased next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). EA will present a powerful mix of sports, action, adventure and strategy games.

At E3 2003, EA will raise the bar with new and enhanced games such as FIFA FootballTM 2004, The Lord of the RingsTM, The Return of the KingTM, SSX 3 and Harry PotterTM QuidditchTM World Cup. EA's games are based on massively popular EA SPORTSTM and EA SPORTS BIGTM franchises, highly successful EA GAMESTM-branded titles with many games drawn straight from Hollywood's top box office franchises such as James Bond, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. EA also is presenting new games from its No. 1 PC franchise, The SimsTM. The company's line-up crosses multiple platforms including next generation consoles, PC, online and hand-helds.

"The winners this year are people who love video games," said Don Mattrick, president of EA Worldwide Studios. "There will be more games to choose from - spectacular new fiction, features and gameplay from the largest and most innovative studio in interactive entertainment."

"Innovation, access and intensity - that's what's new from EA in 2003," said John Riccitiello, President and Chief Operating Officer. "We're introducing global blockbusters with a new look and feel - games that are as exciting for hard core fans as they are for newcomers. This year, all the EA SPORTS titles from FIFA Football to Madden NFL, will include online features that amp up the action with head-to-head competition, tournaments and ladders. EA GAMES will feature exciting new turns on the world's most popular interactive franchises including Medal of Honor, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and SSX. Finally there will be more fun from the world's most popular game franchise, with all new editions of The Sims and SimCity."

THE NEW EA SPORTS STARTING LINEUP

EA SPORTS and EA SPORTS BIG will unveil ten titles at E3, all of which feature online gameplay for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system.

FIFA FootballTM 2004 - For true football fans who demand the finest gameplay and in-depth game modes, FIFA Football 2004 is the most complete and authentic football experience. A new Career mode gives players the chance to take a team from the lower divisions, battle through ranks, sign new players, and turn them into champions. The action is deeper than ever with advanced levels of player detail and responsiveness. With immersive atmospheres, benchmark presentation, total realism with the world's premier clubs, and industry-leading gameplay, FIFA returns as the true authority in football gaming. FIFA Football 2004 in scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 2004 - Only one game gives players the chance to earn their PGA TOUR card while playing on elite courses-Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004. The latest console and PC versions allow players to create the ultimate golfer and take on the best in the world. Players can take their created golfer through PGA TOUR Season mode and try to rake in more cash than Tiger Woods himself. While providing different gameplay experiences, the console and PC versions will offer five new PGA courses, online gameplay (the PlayStation 2 console and PC), two new fantasy courses, five new PGA TOUR pros, and the commentary dream team of Gary McCord and David Fehrety. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004 is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PC, the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance.

Madden NFLTM 2004 - In its 14th season, Madden NFL Football remains the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. Madden NFL 2004 features revolutionary Playmaker ControlTM that allows players to make adjustments after the snap of the ball to create championship calibre plays. No other football video game offers players more in-depth features like online gameplay, the new Quick Match voice chat and tournaments (the PlayStation 2 console only), and a new Owner mode. Madden NFL 2004 is scheduled for release in Autumn 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, the PlayStation, XboxTM video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeTM, Game Boy® Advance and PC.

NBA LIVE 2004 - Take the game to a whole new level with NBA LIVE 2004. Go deep into a radically enhanced EA SPORTS DynastyTM mode, import top college players, create a Custom Player, and build player attributes over time. Take the court at all 29 NBA arenas, each rendered down to every detail, including championship banners and retired jerseys hanging from the rafters. Players will be able to blow past the defenders with all-new moves, an even better passing game, online competition (the PlayStation console and PC), and silky smooth control. Players can step up their game and hit the court running. NBA LIVE 2004 is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC.

EA SPORTS BIGTM DELIVERS OVER THE TOP ACTION

A stunning mountain experience under the EA SPORTS BIGTM brand:

SSX 3* - Players will discover the open mountain and immerse themselves in the new open world environment that is SSX 3, the ultimate all-mountain experience. Featuring all-new events and courses, awe-inspiring tricks, and a cast of cool, customisable characters, SSX 3 lets players conquer miles of untamed powder and redefine the boundaries of where they go, what they do, and what they get. The larger-than-life mountain is a player's playground, racetrack, and launch pad. Explore the mountain terrain to discover its secrets and conquer the beast. Take it for granted and it'll swallow you up. SSX 3 go anywhere gravity will take you. SSX 3 is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and GameBoy Advance.

EA GAMESTM BRINGS HOME THE BIGGEST HITS

EA will be presenting the following ten titles under the EA GAMES brand:

The Lord of the RingsTM, The Return of the KingTM - Return to Middle-earthTM in the only video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly acclaimed The Lord of the RingsTM movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the film, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the KingTM recreates, in stunning detail, the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determine the fate of Middle-earth as you traverse the haunted Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith from the onslaught of thousands of Sauron's minions, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King game is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC.

Medal of HonorTMRising Sun - Pack up your gear, head to the Pacific, and fight Japanese imperialism in Medal of HonorTM Rising Sun. In this instalment of the top-selling Medal of Honor seriesTM, Marine Corporal Joseph Griffin must endure some of the fiercest battles fought during WWII; crucial assignments ranging from surviving the devastating attack on Pearl Harbour, destroying the Bridge over the River Kwai, midnight raiding on Guadalcanal, and triumphing in the final showdown with Colonel Shima. Choose single player or the new two-player co-op mode to experience life as a Marine in the Pacific during the most difficult years of the war. Players can also choose four-player split screen death match and team modes for head-to-head action. Medal of Honor Rising Sun is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.

James Bond 007 Everything or NothingTM - Get deep into the excitement and intrigue of the most complex James Bond game yet. In James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, all-new scenarios and gameplay complement a completely original storyline that delivers all-out Bond-style intensity. Set in the third person perspective, the game will feature a large variety of missions, filled with furious action and stealth, gorgeous women, classic villains, exotic locales, and sophisticated spy-craft gadgetry that Bond fans expect. James Bond 007 Everything or Nothing is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

Harry PotterTM QuidditchTM World Cup - For the first time, take to the air and fully experience the magical speed, power, and competition of Quidditch, the sport of witches and wizards. Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup includes all the positions and players from the Hogwarts House Teams including Harry Potter playing for GryffindorTM. In the first part of the game, players learn the basics of full-on aerial Quidditch with a range of challenges and a school tournament to win the HogwartsTM Quidditch Cup. The second part of the game is where the international World Cup tournament begins featuring nine national teams competing for the Quidditch World Cup. Push your Quidditch skills to the limit as you strive to take your chosen team to victory. Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and PC.

The Sims Bustin' Out* - The Sims are returning to the console and this time they're getting out of the house and exploring all-new outrageous locations around town. Players can choose a variety of new paths as they lead their Sims through life's big moments. Along the way, players can unlock and collect hundreds of new objects and social moves exclusive to the console. Play, work, and socialize with a cast of more than 40 new wacky characters and climb through 10 new careers including Mobster, Athlete, Mad Scientist, and Fashion Victim. The Sims Bustin' Out will feature two-player and memory card support, so bring your Sims over to a friend's house. The Sims Bustin' Out is scheduled for release in early 2004 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox and the Nintendo GameCubeTM.

Need For SpeedTM Underground - Choose from today's most popular licensed tuner cars, and make that car the ultimate expression of your style. You'll need to master all aspects of your driving skills in a wide variety of events in order to come out on top. Tune your car and improve your chances of winning with hundreds of upgrade parts. Custom looks will be your ticket to high scores from the crowds, while speed and handling will enhance your performance on the streets. Need For Speed Underground is scheduled for release in early 2004 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC.

EA DISTRIBUTION CO-PUBLISHING AN ARRAY OF MARQUIS TITLES

EA Distribution (EAD) is co-publishing three titles that are under development, including:

Looney Toons: Back in ActionTM - Long-time rivals Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are united under a common goal: finding the mysterious Blue Monkey Diamond. The lively platform game is based on the upcoming Warner Bros. action movie of the same name and includes six diversely themed environments, all inspired by the film's wild locations. Players can role swap between Bugs and Daffy, using each of the character's special skills to outwit the all-star cast of Looney Tunes favourites as they embark on a global scavenger hunt. The game offers dynamic gameplay and vibrant, rich Looney Tunes visuals that will attract and entertain fans of all ages Looney Tunes: Back in Action is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

BIONICLE® - From the island of Mata Nui comes the legend that has enthralled millions of fans. BIONICLE, one of the most successful toy-ranges in LEGO® Company history, comes to life as the six heroes of destiny, known as Toa, have been chosen to challenge evil, rescue the island's villagers (Matorans) and return the island to light. With their awesome elemental powers, the brave Toa must overcome powerful forces and dangerous struggles to save their world and fulfil ancient prophecies. BIONICLE features the opportunity to live out the BIONICLETM story in an action adventure epic of good versus evil and heroes versus villains with combat, collection, puzzle solving, and exploration. BIONICLE is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox and PC.

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Talkback

HuddlebumMay 08, 2003

Wow, this is WAY too soon. I might've checked out the current one, but not now. I'll wait. Come on, it's only been out like a month. I think it's been selling fairly well. Bad move or EA; this will turn off many potential buyers. Great job on giving sales a nice shot in the foot...

NintendoFanGirlMay 08, 2003

I don't think it is too soon. It says the game isn't coming out until 2004. I've already played The Sims on the GC to death and am anxious for the sequel.

OldMan NintendoMay 08, 2003

I'm all Simmed out at this point -- that game took 6 months out of my life when it first came out for the PC. I stopped playing when a computer glitch wiped out all of my data for the game... face-icon-small-sad.gif

If you haven't played the game yet, I say go for it! What's six months of your lfie anywayz?? face-icon-small-tongue.gif

HuddlebumMay 08, 2003

I think it's better to wait a few months for the sequel. I don't like buying games and then buying an expansion pack (at a full game price) a few months later.

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