EA Ships Sims 2

Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims 2 has shipped to retailers under the EA GAMES brand and is now available on store shelves. Developed by EA’s Maxis studio, the title is a highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling PC game of all time. The Sims and its expansion packs have sold more than 36 million units worldwide.

In The Sims 2, players will be able to control their Sims over an entire lifetime. Every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim. The title also incorporates genetics so Sims can pass their DNA down through generations.

In addition, gamers can generate unique Sims with the new Create-A-Sim function, which comes with a large selection of facial features, hairstyles and outfits. There are also new building, design and home furnishing options, as well as the all-new movie-making feature that let players create the cast, set the stage, take control of the camera and capture all the action.

Back in July, EA began taking orders for The Sims 2 special limited-edition DVD, which includes a full version of the game, as well as bonus content such as interviews with the game’s development team, a "Film Making 101" tutorial, wallpapers, screenshots and a fansite creation kit.

The Sims franchise, which celebrated its fourth anniversary in February, has been translated into 17 different languages and has spawned a slew of top-selling expansion packs including The Sims: Livin’ Large, The Sims: House Party, The Sims: Hot Date, The Sims: Vacation, The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims: Superstar and The Sims: Makin’ Magic. More information on the games can be found at www.thesims.com.