Electronic Arts has released a “Quarter in Review” infographic that shows off all the latest “numbers” in the EA gaming world. Included is The Sims Freeplay, which has surpassed 100 million installs this year.
While it’s nice to see that a Sims game makes it into EA’s “top” games list, it would be great if they released infographics like this for individual games. I’d love to see crunchy numbers for The Sims(PC) series.
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 12 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