Not long after EA transformed Origin into a digital only distributor, several Sims 3 games have been removed from the site. The Sims 3 “Plus” & “Deluxe” Games (Base + Expansions) are no longer available for purchase through Origin. In addition to those games, The Sims Medieval and Pirates & Nobles Expansion has also been removed. (Only the Deluxe Edition remains)
It is not clear if EA has just decided to randomly purge these games from their inventory, or if they have discontinued/retired these titles completely. Back in August of 2013, The Sims 3 Katy Perry packs were officially retired, but I believe that had more to do with contractual agreements than purging.
Although these games can no longer be purchased on Origin.com, they can be found at a variety of retailers. Check your local retailers for availability.
EA has confirmed to IGN that their E3 press conference will be held at Shrine Auditorium on Monday, June 9 2014. The EA press conference will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific, and as always, we will be hosting the event live here on SimsVIP.
The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo will take place June 10th to June 12th, and it is assumed that The Sims 4 will be present this time around. Additionally, EA is hosting an E3 All Access Pass Sweepstakes, so head over there to enter for a chance to win! (US Residents Only)
Origin has just announced that beginning April 4th, 2014, they will no longer be selling boxed games via Origin. This means that any and all games on Origin.com will not be available in both digital and physical form. They are saying farewell to discs:
Starting April 4th Origin will be going all digital. This means the entire Origin game store will be entirely digital downloads for PC and Mac.
What does this mean for you? If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing. Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit.
But if you’re that 1% who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won’t be able to fulfill that need beginning April 4th. We’ll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads.
Digital is fast and convenient. Origin’s focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible.
Even though EA will cease sales of boxed games via Origin, they will continue production of physical games. Charlie Sinhaseni, PR Manager for Maxis, confirmed this news via Twitter:
@SimsVIP just to clarify, we're still putting out boxed versions of our games, just not through Origin.
— Charlie Sinhaseni (@Charlie_Sin) March 28, 2014
Time to dig up some of your fanart of The Sims!
We need your help! We’ve been redecorating our studio walls and given them a fresh coat of paint, but we’re not done! The last final pieces need to come from you!
Sure our walls are freshly-painted, but they feel a bit bare without some cool stuff to hang. And what community is more creative than The Sims community? Simply put – we’re asking YOU to send us your creations inspired by The Sims™ games!
We know many of you take your creativity outside of the game – whether they’re sketches, collages, desktop wallpapers, paintings, and even handmade crafts. These would be perfect for our studio walls.
So what kind of artwork are we asking for? We’d love to see creations inspired by any of The Sims games – from the very first, to The Sims 3, to any of the console games (hey, The Urbz had some amazing style)! Pieces can be any of the following:
- Drawings, paintings, sketches
- Handmade crafts that can be hung on walls
Send physical art to:
209 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
We’re accepting digital artwork as well! Send your digital art inspired by The Sims to: Simleaderalpha@ea.com with the subject line: Artwork for the SimGurus
Hey everyone!!! I'm back working on The Sims 4! At least for a while longer
— Lauren McLemore (@GamingLauren) March 3, 2014
As the day winds down for us, EA studios around the world are in celebration mode! Check out some of the photos shared by Gurus and official channels from today’s festivities!
To celebrate today’s festivities, the awesome folks over at Platinum Simmers have shared EA’s Simlish version of the Happy Birthday song, “Ooboo Vroose Baa Dooo”!
To make this celebration even better, they are also hosting a contest for 1,500 simpoints! Have the guts to record the Simlish song and upload for all to see? If you do, this contest is for you!
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More sad news from The Sims world today as Lauren McLemore and Brittany Henry announce their departure from EA. This news comes the day after EA announced brutal layoffs in their Salt Lake City offices.
It is also worthy to note that SimGuruLauren had just moved to The Sims 4 team on September 25th, 2013.
Electronic Arts Spain, together with the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria and Fundación Universidad-Empresa, have opened registration for their 2014 “EA Campus” program. The registration for this program is only available to persons in the listed European countries.
Selected candidates will receive in-company training at Electronic Arts and professional skills training at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Students who outperform will also have the chance to work at EA as a Localization Tester. All applicants must apply by March 28th, 2014.
Selected candidates will receive in-company training at Electronic Arts and professional skills training at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Upon completion you will receive a Diploma of Continued Training awarded by Universidad Francisco de Vitoria.