In the immortal words of our favorite Jedi, “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed…”

Just did a quick search on Google on both websites and newsgroups regarding the whole Sims Unleashed business. Seems my 6 month old joke is floating around everywhere and taken seriously on several fronts.

From GameSpot:

Online retailer EB Games has leaked word of a new product related to The Sims, Electronic Arts’ best-selling virtual-life game. According to a post on the retailer’s upcoming games calendar, The Sims: Unleashed will be released by EA’s Maxis studio in August for a retail price of $29.99. No other information about the product is known, but it is most likely a new expansion pack for The Sims. Sources at Maxis declined to comment on the listing.

Declined to comment. LOL. Maxis staff is asking each other right now, “Did you do this, did you, did you…”

Someone on Gothic Sims said:

I know will wright, he is keeping it confidential until around september. Which means i might be able to get exclusive info about it, you will just have to wait…

Uh uh. Gotta be careful dropping those names and pretending you know something. These things will (not Will) come back to bite ya!

Games Domain says:

US Online retailer has updated its website with an unexpected Sims expansion, titled The Sims Unleashed.

Electronic Arts confirmed to us that it would be released, with a planned UK release date of October 2002 (US date is August), but couldn’t reveal any further details on the title as yet. We’ll bring you more on the ever-expanding franchise as and when we get it.

EA Confirmed this??!! How nice of EA to make an expansion pack based on my April Fools joke. Guess I should really post a whammy for next year. Man, what are these people smoking??

EBUK had this:

The Sims Unleashed

ETA : 04/10/2002

Pre-order now and earn Double Reward Points! Click for more details.

No product description, but hey, get double reward points for a non-existant product! I’m also amused that almost every “preview” of the “product” (and I’m using these terms VERY loosely) changes the release date each time.

I must say I’m flattered, however I had nothing to do with any of this (plausible deniabilty) except the original post months ago as an April fools joke (and a posting in a forum a long time ago on a website far, far away). However, I claim full rights for any profits made from this (okay, not really but I gotta milk this for all it’s worth).