Millions of people have played The Sims, a life simulation video game series, developed by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is one of the most successful video games series of all time. As of September 2013, the franchise has sold more than 175 million copies worldwide. A new version of The Sims will soon be released and it features a genealogy game along with numerous other changes.
The Sims is updated more or less monthly. The February update should be available soon and will include story telling through generations of a particular family. One The Sims 4 player posted the following on the official The Sims forums:
“I’m a family player-I’ve always loved creating families in sims, starting a family from scratch and watching as my family progress over multiple generations. I can play one family for years-and I loved seeing their progress from the original sim down to my current sim with a family tree. I love how different each family can be from another previous family-they all have different traits and it’s so funny to watch the family dynamic in each family shift. I used to look at my family tree with pride-I would look back at all their photos with fond memories of the time I shared with those sims.”
According to the patch notes, genealogy in The Sims 4 will not only show who a sim is related to for up to 4 generations back and 5 generations forward, it will also allow players to see how the sims are related, and how any particular sim died.
The Sims is available for Windows, Macintosh, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, iPad, and iPhone. Not all platforms receive the new updates at the same time, however. The new version with genealogy may not become available on all platforms until a later date.