Electronic Arts have finally said when we will see Sims 3 in the stores, and the release date is set to February 20, 2009. It will be available at this date worldwide, and also for digital download.
They also announced The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition, that will be released the same day. This will, in addition to the game itself, give you Sims 3 Merchandise and an additional ingame Sports Car. If you preorder the Collector’s Edition, you will also get a vintage sports car (in-game) and a poster (out of game I hope) for Sims 3. You will also get a Sims 3 USB Drive.
Sims 3 will introduce a while new neighbourhood system. In Sims 2 you are pretty much forced to stay at home or visit one of the community lots outside of the neighbourhood. However, in Sims 3 you will be able to walk over to the neighbour and take a cup of coffee. You can jog around and look around, and see and meet a lot of new Sims.
This is a large change from the previous game, and will enable you to co-play with other Sims-families in a completely new way. If you are playing more families yourself, or your real-life friends and family make sims-families in you neighbourhood, you can experience their home and sims in a new way, forming relationships and having fun. Check out the official page for the feature here.