Sims 2 object creation

Sims 2 seems to be out (seeing the Future Shop ads and checking the website here in Cowtown). I’ve been very passive with The Sims for the past few months and haven’t got any information about the formats used for objects, etc. so you guys know as much (if not more) than me. I am looking to pick it up and seeing what they are offering as tools. There’s been talk of people using Maya or perhaps GMAX for The Sims 2 but that has yet to be seen. If you do have any info let me know. From the buzz, people are saying that Maxis is going to be releasing more tools but again, I’ll believe it when I see it. Happy Simming!