Live the College Life, Relax in Paradise, Travel to the Future and More in The Sims 3 This Year

GUILDFORD, UK, Jan. 8, 2013 – Whether partying with class or venturing into open seas, The Sims™ has you covered this year with the release of new expansion and stuff packs to add depth, variety and new ways to play with life in The Sims 3 for PC/Mac. The Maxis Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that The Sims 3 University Life and The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Packs*, and an untitled new expansion and a stuff pack are in development and will be available to players in 2013. Also, available on January 25 is The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff, in which players can warp their Sims back in time with the hottest fashions, hairstyles and furnishings from decades past.

“With the release of three new expansion packs, a new stuff pack, and premium content through The Sims 3 Store, we are looking forward to seeing what our players create and share online with so many great options,” said Scott Evans General Manager of The Sims Studio. He continues, “We are dedicated to building quality games with unique themes and exciting new content for The Sims 3 that add tremendous depth to The Sims 3 gameplay experience.”

Coming this March, The Sims 3 University Life will give players an opportunity to leave home and attend university, where they will enroll in classes, earn degrees and discover the crazy antics and hijinks that go hand-in-hand with the college lifestyle. From juice-keggers to new social groups, to protests in the quad and young love, there’s much more to university than time spent in the classroom. Sims will explore an all-new college town filled with new locations to visit such as the bowling alley and SimBurger and discover hidden talents through an array of extra-curricular activities, including spray painting murals, playing games of kicky bag in the quad and so much more!

The Sims 3 University Life opens a new chapter for young adult to elder Sims and anyone in between. Once a Sim is enrolled in university, they will pick from one of six majors and work towards earning a degree. From class activities to major-specific objects, The Sims 3 University Life will poise Sims for multiple benefits in their careers, including accelerated pay, higher career entry, new opportunities and more.

Available for pre-order is The Sims 3 University Life Limited Edition Expansion Pack, which includes the Party Pack consisting of the Partaeus Maximus statue, a toga outfit and a masquerade mask. The Partaeus Maximus statue is an all-new object that will appear in the university world and enable Sims to choose from six different party themes and throw the ultimate bash.

Dropping anchor this June is The Sims 3 Island Paradise, an expansion pack filled with adventure, exploration and a world of new discoveries set on the sunny shores and beneath the glistening water of a tropical paradise. For the first time ever, Sims can take the helm of fully customizable houseboats and set sail in search of uncharted islands, create, own and manage resorts or discover what lies beneath the ocean through the new skill-based scuba diving and snorkeling activities. The Sims 3 Island Paradise introduces all new ways to build – whether it’s a lavish five-star resort, a bungalow on the water or a houseboat that can travel the seas. Players can create their own idea of island paradise for their Sims in this new expansion pack and embark on an unforgettable journey.

Launching this fall is an all-new stuff pack that is filled with clothing and décor inspired by iconic movie themes and settings. Additionally this fall, Sims will finally be able to travel to the future in an all-new expansion pack, currently untitled. More details will be revealed in the coming months, but Sims will certainly have the time of their lives this year with the offerings from The Sims 3.

The Sims 3 University Life is rated PEGI 12 and the rating is pending for The Sims 3 Island Paradise. The Sims 3 University Life is currently available for pre-order online and across retailers worldwide. For more information on The Sims 3 University Life, please visit the official website at www.thesims.com/universitylife, “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

*Requires The Sims 3 for PC/Mac to play.

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I hope the bowling alley is NOT a rabbit hole. Island Paradise sounds cool, but it’s too bad that we only have the one location for vacation. Lastly, Time Travel? Really? They picked this over the Business EP idea?

I really hope the final EP (if it’s in 2014) is the much requested Business EP.

I had a feeling we’d get 3 expansions this year.

The Storybrooke Observer

guys, sims 4 hasn’t even been announced yet, I have a feeling that Sims 3 will be around until at least 2015!!!!


I’m intrigued by the Island Paradise. It’s nice to get an expansion with features never used before. I’m interested to see how scuba diving works and the underwater universe. Surely mermaids are going to be the creature for that.


I think Island Paradise will include more business than we think, the survey for the EP talked about owning shops and stalls!


These sound great, and it is nice to hear that 2013 will have lots of Sims 3 goodies.

I suspect The Sims 4 is going to go the way of Sim City and be an online only game which means I will not be getting it. It’ll be sad as I’ve played the Sims since it first ever came out 12 years ago! How time flies!


I really don’t know why Sims having online functions is a bad thing? I’m pretty sure it wont be a case of everyone using the same hood. More like inviting friends to join your game. Whats so bad about that? I think it sounds great! I’ve always wanted to play with my mates sims. The ability to visit there homes and see there community lots would be so good!



1) Not every one can afford or get a decent Net connection.

2) Not everyone has internet access.

3) It limits when and where you can play.

4) Not everyone trusts companies like EA with their data/saved games, etc.

5) If it was like SimCity all the Net features will be forced on you whether you want them or not.

So imagine:

Getting up on a Saturday morning and finding that EA’s servers are down and stay down all weekened… no playing The Sims 4…

You want to play on your laptop on holiday, but the hotel doesn’ have/overcharges for internet access… no playing The Sims 4…

The list goes on oand on…


True, those are sound points you have made. And I agree. However I guess the series has to move on. But we are just speculating here. We dont know how this game is going to work. Hopefully there are was to play offline. But I guess if the servers were down you wouldn’t be able to load saves used in an online game; you would have to start a new one. But still having SOME online features, on paper, would be good. Plus SimCity is sorta optional with the online features, you could if you wanted, play in your own region without anybody else.


Having OPTIONAL online features would be fine, but Sim city isn’t Optional, your games HAVE to be saved online, you HAVE to be connected all the time you are playing, etc. You CAN’T play Sim City AT ALL without a permanent active internet connection, this is the problem.

In some ways I hope Sim City flops big time because of these online restrictions to send a message to EA to keep things optional…


I also hope that SimCity will flop. EA needs to learn that online only games are not something that majority wants.

As for University, Island Paradise and Time travel I’am so excited that we will have this expansions.


I actually don’t mind the online features, but that’s mainly because I have a permanent internet connection. You all do make valid points though.


On the sims 3 island paradise, will pets like dogs, cats be able to live on the boathouse?


Can’t wait for them to come out and what not!