The Sims franchise is about to undergo a hairy (and fanged ... and winged ... and wart-ridden) transformation. EA and its Maxis label will soon release the eighth--yes, eighth--expansion for The Sims 3: Seasons. Set to land for PC and Mac in the U.S. on Nov. 13, Seasons will introduce just what the title implies. But the update also brings about some more ... unexpected changes.
The Sims 3 Seasons will see an interesting cross-game collaboration for lucky players that own both The Sims 3 Supernatural, released earlier this year in September, and the upcoming Seasons. This is the Weather Stone, a magical relic with impressive powers that will interact with players differently depending on their current state. The Sims 3 Seasons producer Ryan Vaughn gives us the details on the motivations behind the all-powerful Weather Stone:
The Sims 3 Supernatural and The Sims 3 Seasons both provide brand new ways to play The Sims 3, with epic new features and tons of content. The two expansions, however, offer wildly different experiences; from mystical creatures in Supernatural, to the awesome and destructive power of weather in Seasons. Fans have always asked us to tie together expansion packs and the gameplay. We really wanted to do this and it's never been done before. The Weather Stone was a natural fit. It capitalizes on the best parts of each expansion by giving players control over amazing new weather from Seasons, with the awesome new Supernatural Sims from Sims 3 Supernatural.
It's certainly an interesting interaction that we rarely see in Facebook game expansion packs or even MMO content updates. If you're wondering how to best use this mighty item once it releases on Nov. 13, this producer has you covered. Here are some tips for how to best use the Weather Stone from Mr. Vaughn:
Each Supernatural Sim has their own unique power over the Weather Stone, so you'll have to use it wisely depending on what you're after. Witches can use it to summon a Bewitching Rain that causes Sims throughout your world to go crazy and perform rain dances. Vampires can call forth an Eclipsing Fog that mysteriously makes normal Sims more open to being fed upon by vampires! Fairies on the other hand, can bring on a Reviving Sprinkle that revives dead plants, kills weeds, and drapes the town in a beautiful rainbow. Finally, Werewolves can beckon the powerful Hunter's Storm which brings on a snowdrift full of collectibles that Werewolves normally hunt for. Depending on how you play, and who you play as, the Weather Stone packs a powerful punch to help you out in your aspirations.
Want to learn more about the future of The Sims franchise as well as SimCity? Maxis will hold a tell-all livestream that EA promises will be chockfull of announcements, live software demos and the first-ever live-streamed gameplay of the newest edition of SimCity. We're also told that it will soon be time for your Sims to flash back to decades past or put on the old chef hat to get cooking, which you'll more about live, right here (look down), at 10 a.m. PST, 1 p.m. EST.
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