First Email For 'The Sims 3' Sent To Fansites


Many gamers are excited about the release of The Sims 3. Ben Bell, executive producer of The Sims 3, has sent out an email to all Sims fansites promoting the new game. Some of the things you can expect from the game are:

  • Seamless Neighborhoods
  • No Loading Screens
  • Improved Create-A-Sim Mode
  • Much More…
  • The full email follows the break:


    My name is Ben and I’m an Executive Producer on The Sims 3. The last few years have been exciting for me personally. Since joining The Sims Label at EA, I’ve had the opportunity to work on dream projects such as The Sims 2 Pets, and The Sims 2 Castaway. However, things are about to get very exciting and I’m so happy to be sharing this news with you.

    In the very near future, we are going to announce the first details of The Sims 3. As you can imagine, The Sims 3 development team is very excited because we have been working on the game for the past few years. Like you, we are all fans of The Sims and we can’t wait to talk to you about the innovations in The Sims 3. We know that there are so many expectations for this game. The Sims 3 team has been quietly listening to the community and incorporating suggestions to make this the best possible game. Many of our team members worked on The Sims and The Sims 2, so trust me, you are in good hands. We hope that you’ll be impressed by what we’re working on for The Sims 3.

    What is The Sims 3? Very shortly, you’ll see magazine articles, websites and interviews on this subject. However, we want to share the announcement news with you first.

    When the team first started thinking about what The Sims 3 could be, we asked ourselves the following question. What if you had to live your whole life in one location … and then one day, suddenly, you could step outside and go anywhere in the whole neighborhood?

    The first thing you’ll notice about The Sims 3 is that the Sims now live in a completely seamless, living neighborhood. This means that they can walk next door, walk down the street, drive to the center of town, stroll through the park, and explore everything without ever encountering a load screen. Wherever you go in your town, you will see other Sims going about their daily lives. You’ll discover new things about the community that your Sims live in, and you will have the chance to participate whenever and wherever you like. As a player, this is an incredible innovation for me because now I can see what my neighbors are up to all of the time and go interact with them. Or if I am feeling devious I can peek through the window and spy on their every move. I can even shoot across town to see what the other families in my town are doing, any time of day or night. It’s an entirely new way to play with your Sims!

    The second aspect of The Sims 3 that always impresses me is our completely reinvented and realistic Create a Sim. In The Sims 3, you have so much freedom to create the Sims that you want to make, yet it’s easy and fun. In the coming weeks, we will have some screenshots on our website that show you a small glimpse of what is possible with Create a Sim. The Sims can look like anyone you imagine. I’ve made my friends, my great grandpa, and many other important people from my life. We also have a new realistic personality system called Traits that allows you to determine the personality of every Sim. There are dozens of Traits that you can assign to your Sims. Every Trait will change the way that your Sims feel, think and behave in the game. You can choose several traits for your Sims, so it’s really possible to make any character that you can imagine and they will come to life in The Sims 3. Now imagine placing these unique personalities into your very own “Petri-dish” that is the new seamless, living neighborhood.

    The third thing that I really want to share with you about The Sims 3 is that everyone will be able to customize the appearance of everything, right in the game: This is true for furniture, walls, floors, fashion, hair, and so much more. You will be able to customize the colors or patterns and apply them to everything (this is great for me in particular, as I am colorblind). You can make everything match, clash, or coordinate. It is so easy and fast, and it is incredibly powerful. What is really exciting is that you won’t need developer tools to make big visual changes to the game. We will be giving you a small taste of how this works on the website. However, I cannot wait to show you how fun this feature is when we have the final user interface in the game. The real power of this feature will be obvious when you get your hands on it. Fans of The Sims already make amazing things, and now it will be so much easier for to make and share creations.

    While I have met many of you at fan events, I look forward to sharing more with you about The Sims 3 as we develop the game leading up to launch.

    There is so much more that I would love to tell you about but we’ll save that for future emails. Please stay tuned.

    Talk to you soon!

    Ben Bell
    Executive Producer
    Electronic Arts

    Via Simprograms

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    17 Comments on First Email For 'The Sims 3' Sent To Fansites


    On March 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I can’t wait! I am going to love being able to walk my neighbors house, going on a run, and making amazing, realistic sims! I hope there are lots of cheats! (I use them a whole TON on The Sims 2!) I am a huge fan of Sims 2, and am hoping to get involved in Sims when I get older.

    Many Thanks,


    On April 12, 2008 at 12:06 am

    I can’t wait!
    Just thinking of making my Sim go for a stroll across the park during the nighttime is just… I can’t explain, haha.
    This means soo much to me and I really can’t wait!


    On April 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I can’t wait
    hope you can get circular walls
    to make castles


    On June 10, 2008 at 8:07 am

    I really hope they will make it for imacs!


    On June 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Hey sims ppl!i hope this game is soooooooo much more real life!Like the sims pp should have the little kids have like little crushes and stuff!The teens shud b like teens 2day also!like they should be able 2 run away,have kids,and get married and stuff cauz that’s what happens in real life!so yea.LUV DIS GAME!


    On June 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    they should put the sims 3 in stores and internet in 2008 not in 2009 people are patiently wating and eagerly to play dis game!!! Dan ben! the Executive Producer of the sims 3 and his team work fast enough maybe maybe the sims might be put in the stores and internet in 2008.


    On August 15, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Im your biggest fan ever but iv got 1 problem . if i giv you my post code will you please send sims 2 and hot date post code is 2447 name Jacob McLean


    On September 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Dear excutive Ben Bell,

    I’ve liked previous Sims games made by you and your company. But, Im concerned that this will just be another one of those games like the Sims 2. Im hoping for more “real” life events in the Sims 3. Such as Teen pregnency, smoking, drinking and get drunk and drinking and driving. This all happens in real life. Other thoughts include as sucidal attempts in real life. Try making seems feeling bad until they reach a point where they want to commit suicide. Next, let us Sim players go to school with the kids, or go to work with the adults, thats be really fun. Other good ideas would be vacations. Let the Sim family’s go wherever they want. Any state, country or Continent. “Anywhere”. And why not let girls or guys get plastic surgury on anything such as noses, boobs, or any body part they dont feel comfortable with. When old people get old let them loose there hair, dont forget that also happens in real life. Lastly, I know its the sims and they have there one language “Simlish” but, I really do hate that they speak that language as do so many other people that play this game. I think that would have to be a major improvement regardless of the simlish language they speak. I hope you think and use all of my ideas. This would truly make your game more popular.


    On September 16, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I am all for everything Paul said, although, it is currently virtually impossible to simulate a lifetime of a Sims conversation. There are so many games that are out there where repetitive speech ques in games can be very , very, annoying. I can not imagine how much memory would be needed to get a computer to make up its own conversation!


    On September 26, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    dear ben

    i am the biggest ever fan of the sims 3 its was great you and the team came up with the idea of making the sims! also i play it every day of my life because it’s just excellent I AM THE BIGGEST FANE OF THE SIMS 3 EVER! IM THE NO.1 FAN OUT OF ALL OF THE PEPOLE


    On November 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    i cantwait for super exited :grin:

    ashleigh davis

    On December 2, 2008 at 6:14 am

    i soo cant wait untill the sims 3 comes out i am a huge fan :mrgreen: !!! :idea: i thought a great idea would be sims 3 schools where we can take the sims to school, meet new friends and the sims go to lessons and also can interact with teachers and staff and sometimes the sims get a bit naughty bullies,boyfriends,girlfriends,homework,uniform,lockers,proms,school disco’s what more is there.Theres primary and secondry school, primary for infants and children and secondry for teens and young adults and also the sims take GCSEs and A levels!!!! if i was a sims 3 creater this would deffernatly be an exstention pack in my celection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    On December 11, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I can’t wait till the Sims # i am a huge fan of the sims and the sims 2 everything i can’t wait(I know i already said it but i’m serious!! :mrgreen: :razz: :lol: :!: )


    On December 12, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Why cant the Sims 3 come out for Christmas


    On December 17, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Plz…sum1 reassure me! Tell me der will b a mac version of da game
    n it wont take too long 2 cum out……
    :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:


    On December 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Just ordered the sims 3 and can’t wait to get it. I have previously has sims 1 and sims 2 and the difference between them was amazing. Gone are the days where you just have an arrow to change the set outfits and set faces. (Sim 1 users will know what i mean). I’m really excited to get the sims 3. I have read reviews and its making me even more excited :D I love sims :D xx


    On September 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I was thinking that you almost have everything you could want on the sims 3 but what about a dancer or singer as thier goals. Also what about swimming in the lake or in the ociean. But i was just asking thats all to try to give you an idea for their goals and their every day things.