Yesterday at EA’s Summer Showcase, they announced the latest expansion for the ever-popular Sims franchise, this expansion brings weather changes to The Sims 3 and much more in The Sims 3: Seasons.
EA showcased a ton of new activities at the show yesterday, as players can take their Sims for a swim in the ocean, exploring a previously unreachable part of the world as they cool down on a hot summer day or take the polar bear plunge by venturing into wintry waters. Sims can also build skills by scoring a winning goal during a soccer shoot-out or catching some air on the half pipe during a snowboarding session. Whether taking a plunge from the diving board, setting off dazzling fireworks, carving a jack-o’-lantern or building an intimate igloo, players will find an abundance of activities to keep them engaged throughout the year. There are also several seasonal events in the game like a spring dance, summer festival, fall festival, or “epic wintertime battle” (snowball fight).
One of the more interesting pieces, however, in The Sims 3 Seasons, is the transformative weather effects for each season. From blooming flowers and fresh spring rain to changing autumn leaves and snowstorms that will turn the world into a winter wonderland. Sims will react to the changes in climate and weather in surprising and hilarious ways, whether getting a zebra-striped tan, catching a cold or getting struck by lightning.
With the announcement of the game comes several screenshots and a trailer, so here are the screen shots (click each one for a larger image).
Also, as I mentioned on the liveblog yesterday, those who pre-order The Sims 3 Seasons will receive the Limited Edition which includes the exclusive Ice Lounge community lot (screenshots below) that can be placed in any world from The Sims 3 and is available in all seasons. This all-new venue includes 12 brand new objects made entirely of ice.
The Sims 3 Seasons is due out on November 13, 2012.
A part time gaming journalist and radio practitioner, and one of the first editors here at Default Prime, Mike has been gaming since birth, starting back with the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64, on through to the PS3, PC, and whatever comes next. He is educated in communications and is a project manager by trade.
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