The Sims creator Will Wright is making a Facebook game, and it's not SimCity

Will Wright
Will Wright

And, oddly enough, it will be based on Bruce Sterling's short story "Maneki Neko," Eurogamer reports. The information was revealed to the news site at E3, which has yet to even officially begin. Wright (pictured) said that the game will be released on smartphones and tablets in conjunction with Facebook, and he confirmed that it will be released within a year's time. However, that does mean it could launch as late as the first half of 2012.

"He describes a karmic computer that's keeping a balance of payments between different people, and causing them to interact with each other in interesting ways to improve their lives even though they're strangers," Wright told Eurogamer in an interview Los Angeles. "They earn karmic points that are redeemed by having somebody else help them."

And that's all we have on Will Wright's Facebook and mobile game. Considering the man has released two of the most iconic PC game franchises of all time, we're hopeful to see how Wright can turn the social and mobile game scenes on their respective heads. Of course, the game won't be released by EA (though, it is reportedly handling SimCity for Facebook), which Wright left in 2009, but through either his think tank StupidFunClub or independently. Either way, color us excited to see what the father of simulation games (Zynga can thank this man for its existence, basically) can do for the new breeding ground of his best genre.

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