The Sims Online (also known as EA-Land) was a massively multiplayer online variation on Maxis’s highly popular computer game The Sims. It was published by Electronic Arts and released on December 17, 2002 for Microsoft Windows. In March 2007, EA announced that the product would be re-branded as EA-Land and major enhancements would be made. About a year later, EA announced that the game would shut down all activity on August 1, 2008. The next online games in the series are MySims (PC version only) followed by The Sims Social for Facebook.