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Thursday, January 18, 2001

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Second Sims Expansion on the Way
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

EA has announced they will be releasing a second add-on pack for their very popular title, The Sims. Following in the footsteps of the first expansion, The Sims House Party will contain new architecture styles, objects, and more. It will also give the players a chance to group their Sims together more often, hence the 'House Party' name. While there is no mention of a Mac version in the press release, we have contacted Aspyr, publishers of both The Sims and Livin' Large, about the possibility of a Mac port of House Party as well. Here's more information from the PR:

Electronic Arts today announced plans to release this spring, The Sims™ House Party Expansion Pack, a new add-on disk to the top-selling PC game of 2000, The Sims. With new characters, activities, architecture styles, objects, music and much more, the new expansion pack will give players the chance to host outrageous parties for their Sims.

"Just like real people, Sims are social creatures, but it has always been difficult for them to get together and party," said Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of EA’s Maxis™ studio. "This new expansion pack pumps up the fun of watching and controlling your Sims in a group dynamic."

Three new architecture styles and dozens of new objects allow players to hoedown at a country barn dance, chow down at a tropical luau, or go underground at a rave with their Sims. Within each entertaining theme, a festive variety of costumes and décor options are available to add breadth to the bash.

Players can build a dance floor for their Sims and watch them keep to the rhythm of the DJ’s music. They can hire a flashy caterer to keep the buffet table and punch bowl full. Or they can roll in a mechanical bull or the giant cake "full of surprises" and kick the party into high gear. The House Party Expansion Pack makes it easy for the Sims to throw an absolutely unforgettable evening for all of their friends.

The Sims’ unparalleled success most recently inspired the creation of its first add-on pack, The Sims Livin’ Large which shipped this past September. The Sims Livin’ Large allows players to put their simulated families from The Sims into new extreme situations and settings. To date, The Sims Livin’ Large has sold over a 500,000 copies in North America.

There are certainly many Sims fans on both Mac and PC platforms, so the release of yet another expansion is not much of a surprise. We'll hopefully get an answer from Aspyr Media about a Mac port of this expansion pack soon, and will be sure to pass along any information we obtain. For now, check out the official web site for this title and SimsForMac, the Mac-only hangout for your Sims downloading needs.

The Sims Web Site
SimsForMac Web Site
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The Sims: Livin' Large

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