, last year's best-selling PC franchise
is finally coming to consoles, and just in time
for the holiday season. EA has announced that The Sims 3
is in development for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS, with all versions planned for fall release. The console versions promise "all-new" features, like "Karma Powers" that determine whether your Sim can "get lucky" or, on the other end of the spectrum, experience an "epic fail." In addition, the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions will include Facebook connectivity, so you can share Trophy and Achievement updates with friends.
The Wii version will feature an exclusive beach town, complete with its own residents, careers and "lifetime wishes"; and the DS version will introduce a new "Story Mode," a first for a handheld Sims
game, allowing players to go through a "complete life simulation."
"We're bringing players the best console and handheld game for The Sims
franchise to date and are excited to offer a unique experience for all types of gamers on their platform of choice," said executive producer Sam Player in EA's announcement
. And there's good reason for the publisher to be excited, too -- considering the franchise has already generated over $2.5 billion
in revenue for EA. We can already hear EA's coffers quivering