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Sims To Go Medieval In 2011

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Posted August 3, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson


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Sims Medieval

The Sims is going to get Medieval on your ass. This morning, EA announced the bold new direction for the series, setting the next iteration of The Sims in the lands of knights, maidens, swords and armor. The first edition of the new series, The Sims Medieval, will be available on the PC and Mac, and is scheduled for a 2011 release.

According to EA:

"Everything in The Sims Medieval is crafted to create an immersive medieval world, from the quest-based gameplay, to the medieval objects such as swords and stocks and thrones, right down to the warm look of the characters, and the painterly approach to the world itself. Players can choose to customize every new Hero that comes to the kingdom, including selecting their traits and their fatal flaw. Players get close to their characters, not only sending them on epic quests, but also making sure they carry out their daily responsibilities such as healing the sick, trading for exotic goods, or forging armor. From having a baby to competing in a royal tournament, what happens to their Sims is up to the player. The time of romance and chivalry is back with The Sims Medieval."

The Sims Medieval will feature quests-- examples given include "crafting a legendary sword to arranging a royal wedding, to protecting the kingdom from an evil sorcerer, to finding the fountain of youth" -- and quest outcomes will be influenced by which Sim you choose to complete the tasks.

Personally, I think marrying the Sims' resource management and social options with different historic periods, and adding a quest system, could really breathe new life into the franchise. Past versions of The Sims basically allow you to decorate your house, hang out with your friends, go to work, and go shopping. They don't really appeal to me since I do all those things anyway. But throw in some knights and a kingdom in danger, and I'm in. If done right, this could essentially change the whole game of RPGs... at the end of the day, The Sims is a huge RPG with no plot, right?

What do you think? Am I off my nut here in being excited about this one?

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