Have you guys seen the very cool article and magazine cover posted on 1UP.com?
OK, so it’s not a whole lot of information yet, but there some very tantalizing bits:
- The Sims 3 neighborhood — home and community — will be a seamless world. I take this to mean there will be no individual lots, at least when you’re in gameplay mode. So you’d be able direct your Sim to walk out of his house, down the street, and into the shop down the block, following him the whole way.
- The gameplay will be more focused on Sims getting out and about rather than on filling up their motives bars. This is very good news for those of us who are tired of monitoring our Sims’ bladders. Hopefully they’ll be able to spend more time mingling, working, developing hobbies, making drama, all the good stuff that goes into an entertaining game. More opportunities for stories, too!
It remains to be seen how this will affect things like hood-building — will the Sim’s neighborhood be set in stone, or will we be able to edit/create/modify to our heart’s content? I certainly hope it’s the latter. And I sincerely hope they’ll allow more than one neighborhood, too. An in-game ‘hood editor is also tops on my list.
If they can make things seamless but still allow the kind of flexibility offered by The Sims 2, then this could be the ultimate sandbox game.
Oh, and The Sims 3 web site is up, too! Not much there yet, but still…eeee!
(Thanks to Snooty Sims for the links!)