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The Sims Medieval Announced For A Spring 2011 Release

Finally, you'll be able to hack things in the Sims.

Rumor no more, The Sims are indeed going medieval in Spring 2011, shifting the series out of suburbia and into a fantasy-like world of castles, magic, intrigue, war, and romance. For the first time in The Sims franchise, the press release tells us, players of The Sims Medieval will have the opportunity to create their own heroes, take up quests, build their own castles, and take care of their own citizens as a ruler.

You'll be able to control a lot of people integral to of medieval life, King or Queen, pauper or Blacksmith, wizard, or even knight. You'll also be able to decide if you're down with controlling a small empire or a vast one, as the game promises to have some sort of system that allows you to conquer other in-game Sims civilizations via force or simple internal expansion. 
 

 
While those ideas seem like dramatic departures, I think the fact that The Sims Medieval focuses more on a whole rather than the individual is the biggest. The press materials notes that the user/creation relationship might not be defined by sending Sims to the toilet or having them put out kitchen fires or exercising. You'll be expected to, instead, micro-task an entire kingdom by doing things like "healing the sick," trading, creating armor, or sending adventurous dudes on quests.  
 
You'll also be able to switch from one Hero Sim--the controller avatar (user customizable)--to another, making it possible to play the whole board.

The hook, as always, seems to be in the individual narratives you'll be able to share with others. What will your kingdom be like? Barbaric? Pleasant? Will your knight be able to forge, as the press materials suggest, a legendary sword? Did you box in your queen and leave her to die in medieval bathroom because of that foxy lady who just moved in beyond ye' old road? 
 



The Sims Medieval, as of this moment, is only a PC and Mac release.  It's being developed by The Sims Studio. 
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Posted by BradNicholson

Rumor no more, The Sims are indeed going medieval in Spring 2011, shifting the series out of suburbia and into a fantasy-like world of castles, magic, intrigue, war, and romance. For the first time in The Sims franchise, the press release tells us, players of The Sims Medieval will have the opportunity to create their own heroes, take up quests, build their own castles, and take care of their own citizens as a ruler.

You'll be able to control a lot of people integral to of medieval life, King or Queen, pauper or Blacksmith, wizard, or even knight. You'll also be able to decide if you're down with controlling a small empire or a vast one, as the game promises to have some sort of system that allows you to conquer other in-game Sims civilizations via force or simple internal expansion. 
 

 
While those ideas seem like dramatic departures, I think the fact that The Sims Medieval focuses more on a whole rather than the individual is the biggest. The press materials notes that the user/creation relationship might not be defined by sending Sims to the toilet or having them put out kitchen fires or exercising. You'll be expected to, instead, micro-task an entire kingdom by doing things like "healing the sick," trading, creating armor, or sending adventurous dudes on quests.  
 
You'll also be able to switch from one Hero Sim--the controller avatar (user customizable)--to another, making it possible to play the whole board.

The hook, as always, seems to be in the individual narratives you'll be able to share with others. What will your kingdom be like? Barbaric? Pleasant? Will your knight be able to forge, as the press materials suggest, a legendary sword? Did you box in your queen and leave her to die in medieval bathroom because of that foxy lady who just moved in beyond ye' old road? 
 



The Sims Medieval, as of this moment, is only a PC and Mac release.  It's being developed by The Sims Studio. 
Posted by TekZero

Interesting.  First sims game since the first one that I might pick up. 

Posted by frshakiff

sounds cool but is it an expansion?

Posted by eroticfishcake

I'll be honest. I'll be happy if they gave me new building tools and materials to work with.

Posted by Seraphim2150

Could be an interesting thing. Anyone expect some expansions to this?

Posted by ThatFrood

Oh hey, when I first read this it sounded incredibly confusing... but now that I think about it? It could actually be pretty cool.

Posted by Ryax

might actually make me want to play sims again

Posted by DaManGB

OMG I love Sim games and this might be the best to come out.

Posted by EgoCheck616

Nothing about this looks interesting to me.. but I wish it did.

Posted by General_D23

This actually seems a bit interesting. Could be cool.

Posted by hinderk

Seems like an interesting place to take the sims.

Posted by TheClap

I wish it were an expansion. Some sort of alternate reality or dreamlike area your Sim could go to.  Here comes the kick..

Posted by VoshiNova

This seems like a really cool idea.
 
Bravo

Posted by Johnnyredwine

This actually sounds like an interesting Sims game for once.

Posted by wonderhare

...an interesting Sims for once? No way.

Posted by Krataur

When I read the title of this article, I thought it sounded like a terrible idea.  After reading the article, though, I think it may just work.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

"wizard, or even knight". That made me lol, treating wizards like an every day occurrence for that period, but acting like controlling knights was special =p

Posted by kyledanderson

Sims Combat, not so much.

Posted by NCube720

I think it's a nice change of pace for the franchise. I'm sure that after this one, they'll release a game set in another time period. I hope it's set in the prehistory caveman era. Getting your Sims angry would be so much more fun with huge stone clubs. Plus, we don't understand what the Sims say anyway, so this will provide a good excuse for that.

Posted by Vinny

I wonder how much this will cross into the RTS genre. Age of Simpires? SimCraft? Star Wars: Galactic BattleSims?

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Posted by CornontheCobbe

That sounds pretty awesome actually.

Posted by SneakyPenguins

I just finished a quest

Posted by Vorbis

I can't wait to be a peasant.
 
No, really.

Posted by Kerensky_Furey

This will probably be the first sims game I purchase

Posted by OmegaPirate

And they'll have the 15 expansion packs released after to expand even further and add even more ridiculousness to it!!

Posted by dudeglove

...can't say I'll be lining up for it, but it's good the sims franchise hasn't died completely.

Posted by Schizoid

This is really interesting, when I saw the title "what kinda dumb idea for an expansion pack is this?!" but it seems pretty damn interesting now.

Posted by Dziggy

Interesting... I'll probably check it out.

Posted by Mister_Snig

What's weird is that while this sounds like a crazy route for the series to go in, it fits perfectly...

Posted by DocPorpoise

  ye' old simlish could be awesome or awful.

Posted by CaptainUseless

Never been a fan of The Sims...But this game change my opinion.

Posted by armaan8014

could be good

Posted by Prince_of_Space

Sounds kinda cool but I would rather  see a medieval city building game in the mold of SimCity. At the moment this game seems like an update of Europa 1400.

Posted by SharpCypher

Yes, but will there be taunting and coconuts?

Posted by foofboy

If they have an accurate way to model the spread of the black plague, this is a day one purchase for me!

Posted by MaFoLu

Sounds like it could be a pretty fun game, actually looking forward to hearing more about it.

Posted by Nossie

another expension.. another expension to get for the home front :D
Posted by FreakAche

I think Best Buy is a pretty cool guy.

Posted by Arbie

I've not even so much as looked at the sims in years, but this has me interested!

Posted by Smitatoe

hmm, that might be interesting...

Posted by MarkBGH

An interesting middle ground between ultra-casual Sims players and ultra-hardcore WoW nerds. I'm intrigued!

Edited by l3illyl3ob

Sounds kinda like The Guild 2 in basic concept, but more about combat and less about business.
 
On second thought, this sounds more like a hypothetical "Sim Medieval" than "The Sims Medieval".  Kind of bummed they're dropping the whole "Sim" line and just attaching on the "The Sims" name for recognition.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

From a fantasy writer's perspective, this is a pretty cool prospect in terms of world-building.  It would be neat to be able to create a visual version of the worlds I'm writing about, as well as get a good grasp on whether or not the city and village layouts would feasibly work.  I'm really excited for this.

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Posted by Onigenko

Color me interested.

Posted by Chrisjp

I've never been interesting in the sims but this seems like a nice new direction for them to go. It could draw in the RPG or RTS crowd.
Posted by DiegoBitterman

Yes!, I am overjoyed that this news is being told to me. I like this news because the subject at hand is one of my own interest which makes me want to comment on it here.Achievement please!.

Posted by Vafthrutnir

Something they haven't done before at least...right?

Posted by obscurefan

Hmm, you know I've never really been a big sims guy but I do have to give them a lot of credit for going in such a different direction, really seems like a cool idea.

Posted by deskp

i'd hope they make it so it adds content to your sims 3 game if u have that installed, like furniture and clothes etc. but im sure they wont ...they propably use the same engine n all 
hopefully somone will rip it and make it avalible for sims 3 (see EA people turn to piracy when u dont make sensible  decisions) 
  
ALSO isnt this kinda what they did with spore aswell, with darkspore being like a GAME ot as much a simulation
anywas seeing as im a fan of the sims i'll propably be getting this

Posted by Junkerman

Lame...

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