Mobile developer Storm8 picks up ex-Maxis dev Tim LeTourneau

Who remembers Tim LeTourneau? He worked at EA “back in the day” on The Sims franchise and eventually MySims. After several years at Zynga as their Chief Creative Officer, he has headed over to ‘Storm8′.

Two of the people most responsible for Zynga’s mobile and social games over the last two years have moved on to the developer that hopes to turn into the next big thing.

Dragon Story developer Storm8 revealed today that it has hired Tim LeTourneau and Steve Parkis to take over as the company’s new chief creative officer and president of games, respectively. Both men come from similar positions at Zynga, where they oversaw the development and production of the FarmVille and Zynga Poker franchises. Storm8 already has more than 400 million active players, and it brought in LeTourneau and Parkis to help them increase that audience even further in the $21 billion mobile-gaming industry.

Both new executives have extensive history in games. Prior to Zynga, LeTourneau worked at Electronic Arts for almost two decades. Parkis spent his early career establishing game franchises for Disney.

“Since our founding nearly six years ago, our goal has been to build the largest mobile-games network by delivering the highest-quality mobile gaming experiences to players around the world,” Storm8 chief executive Perry Tam said. “The expansion of our executive team underscores our commitment to this mission and further accelerating Storm8’s trajectory. Tim’s and Steve’s combined creative and operational leadership bring us the tandem skill set required to take Storm8 to our next stage of growth.”

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The Sims 4: Sneaky Peek at Pools

SimGuruShannon has shared a picture on Twitter showcasing Ghosts (which are now available in The Sims 4). As you may have heard, pools are arriving free of charge in November and the image she has shared gives us a sneaky peek at them!

Look in the background, what do you see? ;)



Get 30% off The Sims 4 on Origin

Origin are currently selling The Sims 4 Standard and Digital Deluxe editions at 30% off, so if you’re still waiting to get the game then now may be the time.

The standard edition is £34.82, down from £49.99, and the Digital Deluxe is £41.81, down from £59.99.

And remember… The Sims 4 is part of the Origin Great Game Guarantee so if you don’t like it, you can return it! We loved The Sims 4 so be sure to read our review too.

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EA: It’s On Us Campaign In The Sims 4

Via. EA.com

On September 19, we joined the White House in supporting the It’s On Us campaignaimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault and encouraging our players to take the pledge. Thanks to all of you who joined in the campaign, watched the PSA, took the pledge and changed your profile photos to spread the word and shine a light on this important issue.

If you watched the PSA, you saw popular celebrities share the message wearing a custom “It’s On Us” tee shirt and today we’re excited to share that you can do the same – insideThe Sims 4 that is.

Show your support for the It’s On Us movement by decking out your Sim in the (free) shirt inside the game. We hope you’ll share photos of your Sim with the message on social with the hashtag #ItsOnUs to continue to spread awareness.



Kotaku: A Sims Fan Theory That Gets Pretty Dark

One of the most iconic families in The Sims 4 has a history that the game doesn’t tell you about.

If you’ve played previous Sims games, perhaps you’re aware of it. Part of the story behind the Goths is obvious even in The Sims 4: they’re a wealthy, gloomy and somewhat snobby family. But there’s more to them than that. Though the Goth family is present in nearly every Sims game, the matriarch, Bella is mysteriously absent from her family in The Sims 2. The reason? Alien abduction, apparently.

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The Sims 4 For Mac: EA are “working on it”

As a Mac user, I have had to use Bootcamp or a Windows computer to play The Sims 4 so far. While The Sims 3 launched with a Mac version, it was a not a native port and as a result was quite slow in terms of performance compared to the Windows version (even when playing on the same computer!).

EA have announced today that they are “working on” the Mac version for The Sims 4! Rejoice!

We know our players on Mac are looking to hear more. We are working on it. When we have more to share, we’ll bring the news to you right here.

This is very exciting as we now know that a Mac version is still in the works. For all the latest Sims 4 news, keep your eyes peeled on BeyondSims :)