May 29 AT 6:16 PM Clark Wimberly 21 Comments

The Sims 3 for Android – New Information from EA Mobile at Google I/O

While EA wasn’t able to video demo the game, they were nice enough to give us a bit of info to hold us over. We talk with Vikram Saraf who discusses new gameplay features and performance adjustments for the mobile platform.

Sims 3 is scheduled for a June 2nd release date on PC and Mac with the Android release to follow.

If you’d rather read, I’ve transcribed his words below (very slightly paraphrased).

“The Sims 3 is going to be one of our flagship products that is being launched across EA globally, all platforms PC, Mac, and we’re also going to be bring it to mobile as well. As Android’s a new platform and our future technology team has been working long and hard to bring Sims to the Android market in time for the launch itself. So essentially what we’ve done is taken a lot of the fun game play elements that you can find on the PC version and at the same time provide a lightweight version for mobile. The user can still create and customize a Sim like you can in the PC version as well as going through the day to day tasks of managing your Sim’s needs and dependencies as well as implementing goal oriented game play which allows the user to feel like there is some achievement working against infinite game play. We’ve made automatic goal adjustments with new “wish list” functionality that will allow the user to say “I want to find a new girlfriend,” and that will be a task for him or her to workout and unlock the next goal. Sims 3 right now is scheduled in a beta state. Right now, its a release candidate, we are fine tuning the performance optimization and touch response so that when we get it to the Market it will be an experience all users like. And check out ”

-Vikram Saraf

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  • shaun

    June 2, as in a few days from now?

    • Clark Wimberly

      Yep. It seemed a bit soon but he said they were working with a final release candidate so they could be pretty close.

    • Clark Wimberly

      Also been seeing Sims 3 commercials on TV and they say June 2. Combine that with Vikram’s Sims 3 is going to be one of our flagship products that is being launched across EA globally, all platforms and I think we gotta winner.

  • nEx.Software

    Who’s that guy waving in the beginning? What a loser!

  • Jimi B

    So are we looking at something that might make the top 10 list? I’m inclined to think so, but I don’t think it will linger for too long.

    It’ll probably be a quick cash 2D sim-a-like game, that said, the sims game on the ngage wasn’t too bad I seem to recall… not that I owned an ngage… I’ve said too much!

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  • Utz

    ahh where is it ahhh

  • papergoose

    hmmmmmmm…….. I thought this sounded like BS.

  • Dale

    I wonder if EA Mobile will make this version as good or better than the iPhone version. I have it on my iPhone and it’s pretty good, with amazing graphics but somewhat limited gameplay (but that will change with OS 3.0).

  • Sherif

    Ugh its pretty terrible compared to the iPhone version. 2D sprites etc…

    • sondun2001

      This is not the same as the “Mobile” version. There aren’t any screen shots out yet so I am not sure where you got your sources.

  • Rob

    Has this come out yet?

    • nEx.Software

      In what seems to be an extremely low key release for the Android platform, you can find The Sims 3 listed at HandMark (and only HandMark) for $7.99 ( Oddly enough though, there is no mention of this Android release on the EA Mobile website ( That being said… You be the judge, I’m too wary to spend my eight bucks to check it out.

      • VanVlack

        That was probably the java version made for any java enable phone. They have not released one just for android.

  • B

    I got sims 3 on my phone then the 1.6 donut downloaded to my phone and now sims don’t work. Any suggestions?

    • VanVlack

      If you had sims 3 on your phone it was a j2me which was not made for android but dumb phones that run java mobile. They have not made a version for android yet. To get that to work you need to have some kind of bridge. theres some out there on the market. do a Google search for running java apps on android. I recommend the HTC app. You can find it on xda.

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    t’s a perfect game … but I installed it and it stop with a exception …

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    I like sim games so I thought I would download this one. What absolute trash. Does almost nothing. BORING!

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