Fan event in San Francisco Print
Written by Paperpin Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:10
As we stated in the last update, on Friday July 18th a fan event about The Sims 3 took place in San Francisco, and many fansites webmasters have been invited there and had the opportunity to discover a first-ever preview of many interesting news about the game.

It wasn’t possible to take pictures of the demo shown, however on the official Brazilian website new CAS images have been released, and you can also find them in our Gallery.

But let’s focus on the most important part: the new information about The Sims 3! We have waited a couple of days for the previously stated websites to publish their reportages, and have summed up everything written and stated, putting together a noticeable amount of news, that probably many of us have been waiting for a long time and that have finally been revealed; it really seems to be a real revolution in the gameplay, the graphic engine and the customization, and we’re really starting to believe that the release of The Sims 3 will be the very event of 2009! But what have we found out?

CAS and Sims

The creation of a Sim seems to be very cool and unique: the customization tool allows you to modify each part of the body in a very detailed way (face, mouth, ears..), and also the build of each Sim can be customized as you prefer, from slim to obese, from well-built to skinny.

The eye and skin tones can be chosen on an RGB palette, so you can opt for any color you like in any nuance, from white to red for the skin and from green to blue (obviously including mid-tones like brown) for the eye. Hair will be available in four shades, with the possibility to customize the color of the roots, tips, base and highlights; moreover, in the CAS we’ll be able to choose jewels, gloves, socks and shoes. In the demos shown there was no height tool, so we still don’t know if it will be featured in the game or not.

Again, each character will have seven stages of life: baby, toddler, child, teenager, young adult, adult and elder, but this time the default stage will be the young adult one (from 18 to 30 years old circa), and adults will be middle-aged Sims with some wrinkles.

It will be possible to customize each character’s voice, even if the language spoken will always be Simlish. About personality: as we stated in the past, every Sim will be represented by a certain amount of traits, that will increase in each stage of life: babies will have 2 traits, toddlers 3 traits and so on, for a maximum amount of 5 traits for young adults, adults and elders. Young adults will be able to do everything adults can do, including getting married and marry adults (but not teens!).

The needs bars have been reduced to four: hunger, entertainment, energy and bladder.

Living and building

Even the building and furnishing of a house will be innovative: first of all, Sims won’t have a base credit of 20.000§ and won’t be limited by the cost of a house, plus we’ll be able to customize the whole neighborhood and put each house in a bigger terrain lot, and the maximum amount of floors will be 5, foundations included. The height and width of the staircases can be customized, and we’ll also be able to move a set of objects together with only one click.

As for the furnishing, it will be possible to place an item without following the grid we’ve had in the two previous chapters of the game, turning it 360° and placing on diagonal walls, and also put more than an object on a surface.

As for the Build Mode, we know there will be an auto-roof, that is, the roof will autonomously modify itself according to the wall positions, even if we make some changes in a second time. Sims will have cars and the related parking area in the lawn, that can be placed anywhere in the garden and turned 360°.

The real value of each house and the economic funds of each family will be separated and not summed up.


Neighborhood life

The atmosphere of the ‘hood looks really gorgeous, with lovely light effects, realistic water reflexes and moving shadows; however, it’s not yet clear if the weather effects will be featured in the base game or if we’ll have to wait for a related EP.

Sims will be able to find a job both walking in the downtown, that will probably be the focal point of the game, and checking the newspaper. Walking in the streets we won’t have to fear to lose our Sim: he/she will always be reachable through an apposite map!

Every career will have a proper building that we cannot visit (thus we won’t be able to follow our Sims at work), but close to which our characters can move, to reduce the distance and the time needed to get to the office.

Other news

There are really many more particulars that have been announced during the fan event, and you’ll find some of them in the following list; please notice that they can be updated as we get new information:

  • Sims will be able to wash their teeth again (this feature was present in The Sims but not in The Sims 2), gaining a “minty breath” moodlet!;
  • Every Sim will have a cellphone, to be reachable everywhere;
  • Athletic Sims can live longer;
  • Children will have more specific homework;
  • Sims can buy several kinds of books and place them in their bookcases at home;
  • In every house there will be a indicator showing how hard will it be to play with that specific family (basing on the various traits of each member);
  • Some Sims2 NPCs will be featured in The Sims 3;
  • EA is currently working on a new creature, but there is no information about that;
  • The maximum amount of Sims per house is again of 8;
  • Plants will move along with the wind, and grass and greenery can be placed on multi-layers;

Are you surprised? Yes, we are and we’re longing to have new information! Come and visit Sims3Cri in the next days, the news hunting has officially begun!

(sources: Edenstyle.it, Thesimsresource.com, Simsforums.net, Simy.focus.pl, Sterlingsims2.com, Sims3Maniacos.com)

SMALL UPDATE:

Here it is another roundup of news from Simsforums.net:

  • Sims will not have memories anymore but they still have a mood bar;
  • Sims can go fishing and walk on the beach but not swim into the ocean;
  • By only pressing a specific button Sims can immediately return home;
  • Characters will still age spinning around;
  • To rotate an object you only have to push the ALT key
  • There may be celebrities or a Superstar-like EP.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2008 19:31