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The Urbz Goes Gold

by Daniel Bloodworth - October 21, 2004, 7:20 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: EA

The Sims spin-off has been finalized for all platforms, including the DS version.

Electronic Arts announced today that The Urbz has gone gold for consoles, GBA, and Nintendo DS and will begin shipping November 9th. The Sims spin-off puts the micro-managing gameplay in outlandish urban settings, with all kinds of hilarious scenarios. The game features over sixty-five unique characters for you to interact with, including the Black Eyed Peas who are prominently featured in the soundtrack - re-done in the Simlish language of course. The first 700,000 games will include free downloads for Black Eyed Peas songs, and toys will be available at retail alongside the game.

EA Ships The Urbz: Sims in the City

GameCube and GBA versions shipping today. The DS version ships on the 16th.


Newest entry in the multi-million selling Sims franchise offers stylish, non-stop city lifestyle

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., November 10, 2004– Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced that The Urbz™: Sims in the City ™ has shipped to retail outlets worldwide under the EA GAMES™ brand. Following the record-setting launch of The Sims™ 2, the development team at the celebrated Maxis studio today launched The Urbz™: Sims in the City ™, the newest entry into the award-winning franchise for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Nintendo DS™ version will ship on Tuesday, November 16 as a launch title for the new handheld system.

“The Urbz™: Sims in the City ™ is all about three things: cool city style, building your reputation, and living the dream in a 24/7 city that never sleeps. It gives players the opportunity to create and control their sims in a completely unique way and in a very different environment,” said Sinjin Bain, Executive Producer and Vice President. “We’re thrilled with the new experience we’re able to offer our millions of fans.”

In the three console versions of the game, take your sims from the suburbs and place them in the heart of the big city. The Urbz: Sims in the City has a completely new urban look, attitude and feel that The Sims franchise has never before explored. It’s all about reputation: which gets you access to the coolest people and hottest places; then use your new-found influence to style the city in your own image. Explore nine unique districts and renovate multiple apartments as you work to become the biggest player in the city.

Take a job working for The Black Eyed Peas in the Cozmo Street district while listening to nine exclusive tracks recorded specifically in Simlish by the record-breaking band – a first in videogame history. The first 700,000 console copies of the game include a pre-paid download card redeemable for three exclusive Black Eyed Peas songs via Apple iTunes, as well as the band’s top hit, “Let’s Get it Started”.

In the Game Boy® Advance version, players explore the city of Minniopolis, searching for a way to save the town from the vindictive Daddy Big Bucks. Players complete up to eight mini-games and mingle with over 30 characters, all the while maintaining their reputation.

EA has also partnered with Atomic Toys to produce a line of action figures from the Game Boy Advance version of the game. The toys will be available at specialty retailers nationwide in conjunction with product launch. Toys based on the console game will follow later in the year.

The Urbz: Sims in the City is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB on the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube and has an MSRP of $49.99. The Game Boy Advance version is rated “E” (Everyone) and has an MSRP of $29.99. The game will also ship on the Nintendo DS on November 16 as a launch title for the new handheld. For more information on The Urbz: Sims in the Cit , visit the official product Web site at http://www.theurbz.com.

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