It's not doubt that EA's "The Sims" and "The Sims2" are the most successful simulate game in the world since "The Sims" released on 2000. But it's strange that "The Sims Online" was a failure at all. Now it's even forced to be closed on August. What a sad news! Hope EA would develop a new online game about "The Sims" in future.
It is with mixed emotions that today we are announcing the EA-Land experiment will soon draw to a close. Since 2002, EA-Land / TSO has attracted a very special group of players (of which you are one) and we certainly appreciate your participation in the EA-Land community. The lifetime of the game has drawn to an end, and now we will be focusing on new ideas and other innovative concepts in the games arena. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in this online community as a unique experience in the virtual world.
Below are some facts about how the site and service will be closed. Please see also a special message from the team that maintained EA-Land, to the community that played it.
- On August 1, 2008, the game EA-Land / TSO will no longer be in service an
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The new online world will host all 12 of the cities that comprised The Sims Online, and will feature the addition of a new map, 100 times larger than any previous city. Players will now be able to maintain multiple Sims per city, and the game will also support greater numbers of concurrent users.
EA-approved user-created content is supported, allowing players to view and purchase items created by other players, and the in-game economy has been fixed to eliminate the flaws contained in The Sims Online. Subscribers will receive an allotment of "simoleans" (Sims currency) each week, and can also purchase them directly from Maxis via PayPal.
"If you played The Sims Online before, we have played together and I would like you to rejoin us in the game: My avatar is MaxisLuc (yes, I work for Maxis/EA)," Luc Barthelet, a member of the original Sims Online production team, wrote on the EA-Land website. "At the beginning of last year I assembled a team to improve The Sims Online. After months of ongoing hard work, we can proudly say that we have been successful and we have made this game fun again!"Continue Reading