Sims 3 Best-Selling EA PC Launch Ever

Sims 3 Best-Selling EA PC Launch Ever

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The Sims 3 has sold 1.4 million copies in its first week on shelves, making it the biggest PC launch in EA's history.

In case you didn't know, The Sims is a pretty big franchise. In fact, one might even call it the biggest franchise - a quick trip over to Wikipedia tells us that The Sims, The Sims 2, and their assorted expansion packs have sold a combined 100 million units worldwide, making it the most successful videogame franchise of all time.

Time to add another million to the list: Despite early leaks and piracy, The Sims 3 has already sold 1.4 million copies in its first week. While not quite selling 2.8 million in one day, it's still a damn respectable launch. In fact, it's the biggest launch for a PC game that publisher EA has ever had.

The scope goes beyond simple retail numbers - the company has reported that there have already been over seven million downloads of user-created content like houses and Sims to populate your neighborhoods with.

Of course, this leads to an interesting question - would there be so much player-created content already if the game hadn't been available for several weeks before its launch? One can only wonder.

"With more than a dozen press awards, strong reviewer scores and positive feedback from The Sims community, we are thrilled with the success of The Sims 3 launch and the early sales indicate that we have another hit on our hands," said Rod Humble, the head honcho at EA Play.

Yeah, Rod. I mean, no one could have ever predicted that The Sims 3 would have been a hit. Totally out of left field, that one. You guys must be channeling freakin' Nostradamus over there.

(Via Videogamer)

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CantFaketheFunk:
The scope goes beyond simple retail numbers - the company has reported that there have already been over seven million downloads of user-created content like houses and Sims to populate your neighborhoods with.

Of course, this leads to an interesting question - would there be so much player-created content already if the game hadn't been available for several weeks before its launch? One can only wonder.

Game requires atleast 3 patches at launch, accounting for 60% of those downloads at least.

Yah, not surprised either. That's why I didn't think it was such a big freaking deal that it was leaked before launch. The beauty of The Sims is that it's so marketable, mainly because it's just playing house (complete with dress-up dolls!), that even people who can't pronounce the word "torrent" want to play it. Oh, and then they sell you all the content you ought to have piece by piece for the next four years.

Wow, that's great! Considering that it was leaked, well, fair play to them!

I bought a copy too. Limited Edition baby! :D

CantFaketheFunk:

Yeah, Rod. I mean, no one could have ever predicted that The Sims 3 would have been a hit. Totally out of left field, that one. You guys must be channeling freakin' Nostradamus over there.

Why does everyone use Nostradamus these days when they need to stick in a line about prophets? Why not use someone like the Oracle of Delphi, mix it up a bit? Nostradamus is a bit mainstream :D

But yeah, it's not like we didn't see this one coming. Epic suprise there...

But But the torrenty guys and the torrents! They will ruin everything!

Meh. I'm holding out for a Super Double-Dong Triple Deluxe edition, as they always release.

And they complained over piracy... Shame on you EA

Khell_Sennet:
Meh. I'm holding out for a Super Double-Dong Triple Deluxe edition, as they always release.

when you say Double-Dong... is that a subtle reference to Drawn Together? If so you are awesome.

Even with the huge piracy rate it sold well, knew it!

Klydefrog:

Khell_Sennet:
Meh. I'm holding out for a Super Double-Dong Triple Deluxe edition, as they always release.

when you say Double-Dong... is that a subtle reference to Drawn Together? If so you are awesome.

If it was, do I get a twelve-year-old girl and a donkey?
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NoMoreSanity:
Even with the huge piracy rate it sold well, knew it!

Ditto.

Mr LS:
And they complained over piracy... Shame on you EA

Well, having someone leak your game before it comes out is a pretty big fuckin' deal.

I wonder if they found that guy.

Casuals.

Mr LS:
And they complained over piracy... Shame on you EA

It's still been pirated through the ass.
Still, a game this great deserves it, seriously an awesome game.

 

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