Every once in awhile, a popular video game franchise announces an upcoming expansion that sends fans into frenzy — and the Sims 3 Supernatural has certainly caused one. Scheduled to release in September of 2012, the latest Sims 3 expansion will resurrect popular themes from the Sims 2 franchise, and reinvent them for the modern series. Witches, werewolves, wizards, zombies, improved vampires, and fairies will all be included in the Sims 3 Supernatural expansion; wizards and fairies are unique to the Sims 3, but the other supernatural creatures were released with one expansion or another for the Sims 2 series.
As usual, a new town will be included with the latest expansion: Moonlight Falls. Gothic furniture and effects are included with the new content, as well as secret passage items, magic mirrors, broomstick vehicles and exclusive Plants vs. Zombie themed content with the limited edition version.
Magic is a definite theme of the Sims 3 Supernatural expansion pack, above and beyond the addition of supernatural creatures. New magical abilities and traits, potions, elixirs, and spells are all included in the pack, which will expand nicely upon the metaphysical items already released in the Sims 3 Store; you can read more about the “witchy” items in my previous review, “The Sims 3 ‘More Magic’ Set Review: 12 Great New Witchy Items.”
The Plants vs. Zombie version of the Sims 3 Supernatural is available only through pre-order on the EA Games website, or through Origin, and includes exclusive items for dressing up your Sims, decorating your Gothic homes, and even a unique plant for your garden. The expansion pack is priced at $39.99 USD, and is available as both a digital PC download and a physical copy.
As a fan of the Sims franchise that played the Sims 2 series, I have been disappointed that the amount of supernatural creatures currently available for the Sims 3 is a fraction of what its predecessor enjoyed; Sims 2 Pets introduced werewolves, for example, but the Sims 3 Pets expansion pack had neither hide nor hair of the half-wolves. The additional bonus of wizards – which were featured in the Sims 3 Medieval – and fairies is a nice touch, and I appreciate the game developers at Electronic Arts taking the time to incorporate these extra options. I can only hope that the new-and-improved version of vampires won’t sparkle, nor pine away for Sims 3 teenagers.
EA Games, “The Sims 3 Supernatural” press kit.