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New Road Rash, Sims 3, Black Revealed; Crysis, Army of Two Delayed

EA’s conference call saw quite a few surprise announcements, the biggest of which is the revival of the classic Road Rash series. The company revealed that development on The Sims 3 has commenced and that it will be a fiscal 2009 title, which begins on April 1, 2008. It was also stated that another installment in the Sim City series is also in the works, as well as a Simpsons sequel, Sims on Wii and a PS3 version of The Sims 2: Holiday Edition (2006 or 2007 Holiday season).

“There is a new Road Rash game,” an EA executive bluntly stated. No further details were given. It was also stated that a next-gen version of Black is being developed, though it is not clear whether it will be a full-blown sequel or a revamp of the original. As per the executive, it will be a “next-generation version of Black.”

Sad news is there too: those looking forward to Crysis and Army of Two will have to wait longer. Both titles have been delayed to EA’s fiscal 2008, which begins on April 1, 2007. No reason for the delays was given.

Sims 2 Gets Pets

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThe trillionth Sims 2 expansion was announced today, and this time the geniuses at EA came up with the idea of letting players have… pets (finally)! The Sims 2 Pets will let players get their oh-so-lovable Sims pets – be it dogs, cats, guinea pigs or parrots – on PC, PS2, PSP, GBA, DS and Gamecube, with each platform featuring exclusive content.

The addition of a new friend is guaranteed to enrich the daily lives of your Sims! Not only will players have the opportunity to choose from a variety of existing breeds, and hot designer mixes, but they’ll also be able to personally design their new friend with the Create-a-Pet feature. The ability to customise gives fans the opportunity to create their ideal pet by choosing their body shape, unique markings, even their pet’s personalities! With so many different animals to choose from, there’s no telling what unpredictable experiences could occur!

Players will also be able to teach their pet new tricks, take them for a romp in the park, outfit them with new pet accessories and even give them a job! As in real life, your Sims’ pet will require care and training. A neglected cat with an urge to scratch might claw up your new couch if you aren’t careful, and leaving your dog unattended near a freshly planted flower bed probably isn’t wise!

Screenshots and a video can be found on the game’s official product section.

Detailed platform-specific features can be found just after the jump.
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Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Pack Announced

Milking cash cows till they run dry, EA announced details for The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Pack, which, as it turns out, is not an expansion, but a “pack” full of fun stuff. The pack’s website has gone up, offering screenshots, videos and images of the items that are included in it. Here’s the deal:

Add excitement to your Sims’ family with this all-new collection* of furniture, clothing, and décor. Decorate the home with an assortment of cool new furnishings, including upscale living room items and adventurous bedroom sets. Dress your Sims in matching attire for an amusing day out with the family. With 60 new items from castle beds to cruise ship replicas, your Sims now has have more stuff for more family fun.

  • New Décor! – Indulge your Sims’ imaginations with fantasy-themed furniture, a complete underwater kids’ bedroom set, or nautical-themed living room furniture.
  • New Styles! – Hang loose in Hawaiian style clothing or bring out the kids’ adventurous side with exciting costumes.
  • New Stuff! – 60 all new items for your Sims to join in on all the family fun! Below are 3 examples of the new items:

    This trunk has eight arms that can hold a bounty of toy treasures for your young mermaid or pirate Sims.

    Dragon Costume
    Breathe new life into playtime, birthdays, or costume parties with outrageous outfits.

    Dreams Alight
    Uncover the darkest mysteries of the night, or just find your way to the bathroom with this new desk lamp

Depeche Mode Records Song in "Simlish"

Picture showing the band Depeche ModeThe Sims, with their “Simlish” language, has always defined bizarre. Now, EA today announced that Depeche Mode has re-recorded “Suffer Well,” a popular track from their “Playing the Angel” album, in Simlish which will be made available through The Sims 2: Open for Business, the third expansion pack for the insanely popular simulation title.

Depeche Mode’s lead singer, David Grahan, had this to say: “Depeche Mode has always been open to new ways of sharing our music, but re-recording a Simlish-language version of ‘Suffer Well’ just sounded completely bizarre. Of course, that’s why couldn’t resist doing it.”

A video of the song, featuring footage of the band and gameplay from Open for Business, will be available on The Sims 2 website, as well as on the band’s website. The song, as stated before, is present in the Open for Business expansion pack which is now available. Also making musical appearances in the game are “Things Can Only Get Better” by Howard Jones, “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo and “Synthesized” by Epoxies.

According to EA, Simlish was created by experimenting with fractured Ukrainian and Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, as well as Navajo, inspired by the code talkers of WWII. All that was an interesting read, but what is more interesting is that an EA executive feels that Simlish is an “emotion-filled language that defies translation.” It surely does, Mr. Schnur.

Shipped Titles

Quite a few games have been released. Check them out:

  • 24: The Game (PS2)
  • Black (PS2, Xbox)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Online Stomreach (PC)
  • FIFA Street 2 (PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, DS, PSP)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II (PC)
  • The Sims 2: Open for Business (PC)
  • SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate (PC)