EA’s Sims 2 Gets Pets

Spread out the newspaper because Electronic Arts has gone to the pet store for the latest addition to its popular Sims 2 game. The company today announced that it will release The Sims 2 Pets for current generation console systems and handheld platforms this Fall. The title will also be released as a PC expansion pack.

Following on the heels of Nintendo’s hugely successful virtual pet game, Nintendogs, The Sims 2 Pets will bring some furry and feathered fun to The Sims 2, which allows players to create and control digital characters in all aspects of their lives. In finding the perfect pet, players will have the ability to choose from a variety of existing breeds and hot designer mixes. Users can even personally design their new friend with the Create-a-Pet feature.

Each version of The Sims 2 Pets will feature customized content tailored to the platform. For instance, the Nintendo DS game will allow users to manage a pet care center or a pet shop, while the PC version will put pets to work in show business, security or the service industry. In the PlayStaton 2, Nintendo GameCube and PSP manifestations, the game pets will get to play with other four-legged friends at Central Town Park or go shopping at Tow Center.

The Sims 2 Pets for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS and PC will hit retail on Oct. 17. The PSP version will follow in November.