EA Ships The Sims Vacation Expansion Pack

Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 22:30

Brace Yourselves! The Sims are Going on Vacation!

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EA Ships The Sims™ Vacation Expansion Pack

Brace Yourselves! The Sims are Going on Vacation!

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 26, 2002 - EA (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced the release of The Sims™ Vacation Expansion Pack, a new add-on disk to the top-selling PC game of 2000 & 2001, The Sims™. The Sims and their families have been in overdrive with the magical high-jinx of Livin’ Large, the wild parties of House Party and the never-ending social obligations of Hot Date. They need a break and The Sims Vacation provides the perfect opportunity to give them a little rest and relaxation on a fun-filled vacation island!

“Everyone needs to get away from it all sometimes, and The Sims aren’t any different,” said Tim LeTourneau, Senior Producer at EA’s Maxis™ studio. “With The Sims Vacation, the whole Sims household can get some fun and sun on a fabulous island get-away.”

Both luxurious and rustic accommodations are available at this new and fully customizable destination. The vacation island offers a snowy alpine setting, a boardwalk boasting beach resort and a forest campground. Volleyball, snowboarding, archery, fishing or hunting for hidden treasure are just a few of the things that Sims can do with their family and friends at this unique resort location. All-new social interactions and over 125 new objects will have Sim vacationers entertained from dusk until dawn.

Whether the Sims are on a romantic retreat, a family getaway or an extreme holiday, a comical cast of characters is available to cater to them during their island stay. Kana, the Vacation Director, and the wacky resort staff are on-call day and night to see to the Sims’ every need. A troupe of costumed performers is also on hand to entertain the kids. Sim parents listen up! Keeping those kids happy is crucial because errant children can bring a pre-mature end to the Sims’ island stay.

A Sim vacation would not be complete without that special dust-collector to remind them of the whole experience. Souvenirs of all types can be bought, caught, won and collected. Sims can dig up a buried treasure chest, win a stuffed penguin at a carnival game, collect arrowheads and lava idols or catch an aggravating case of Montezuma’s revenge. The Sims are sure to have the time of their lives with The Sims Vacation.

The Sims, the wildly popular game that allows players to create a neighborhood of simulated people known as “Sims” and control their lives, skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000. Translated into 13 different languages, The Sims has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. It was the best selling PC game of 2000 and 2001 according to NPDTechworld and has recently become the best selling PC game of all time. Combined sales for The Sims, The Sims™ Livin’ Large, The Sims™ House Party and The Sims™ Hot Date total over 13 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims, The Sims Livin’ Large, The Sims House Party, The Sims Hot Date and The Sims Vacation visit

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