Maxis Announces Second SimCity Beta


Following the closed beta the other weekend, Maxis has announced another closed beta test which shall last 24 hours. If you’re interested in testing the new SimCity, which is absolutely amazing, be sure to sign up here!

Fan excitement for the release of SimCity has been growing. In order to give even more fans a taste of the game before its March launch, Maxis is proud to announce that it will be holding a second SimCity Closed Beta*. The second SimCity Closed Beta will be running from 1400GMT on February 16 to 1400GMT on February 17 and will feature an enhanced version of the one-hour slice of gameplay that delighted fans in January. Fans who haven’t already signed up for the beta can do so at www.SimCity.com/beta to help contribute to the launch of SimCity. Hurry, sign-ups end at 1400GMT on February 11.


The Sims Anniversary Sale On Origin (Digital)

For today only you can catch a huge anniversary sale on Origin for the Sims 3 digital Expansions and Stuff Packs! If you have a few holes in your collection, now may be a good time to patch them up!

From The Sims 3 Facebook Page:

On top of The Sims 3 Anniversary Sale happening right now on Origin, we’re also celebrating the launch of Origin for Mac. As of Friday, February 8th, Origin will be selling over 40+ Mac products, including most of The Sims 3 games and will be offering dual-platform play for The Sims 3 base game, expansion packs, and stuff packs. With dual-platform play, you can buy a game once and download it for both PC and Mac (if the game is available for both platforms) at no additional charge!

The “Dual Play” option is news to me, I must have been living under a rock (or sucked into my computer) for a couple days now, but it’s a neat feature of the new Origin for Mac that I hope will be of some use to players :)

Games available for $10 include:

  • The Sims 3 (Basegame)
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions
  • The Sims 3 Late Night
  • The Sims 3 Generations
  • The Sims 3 Pets
  • The Sims 3 Showtime
  • The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats

There are also a couple games available for 50% off:

  • The Sims 3 Supernatural
  • The Sims 3 Seasons
  • The Sims 3 70s, 80s, 90s Stuff

Note that on the Sims 3 Facebook page they’ve posted an image with the sale alert, however according to my origin client some of their 50% off deals are actually (and correctly) $10 ones.

Comment below if you’ve picked up some awesome deals today! I’m trying to decide if I should pick up Diesel and 70s, 80s, 90s myself…


Hot Air Balloons Officially Confirmed As Aurora Skies PC

The Sims3.com News Page has updated with a couple new screens of the rumored Premium Content Hot Air Balloons that will be coming with the next store world; Aurora Skies (out February 21st).

 What’s more romantic than a hot air balloon ride with the one you love? Sightsee, picnic, and even woohoo in the Hot Air Balloon – the exclusive premium content only available with the Sims 3 Aurora Skies.

The Sims 3 Aurora Skies is available for purchase on February 21st, 2013 on the Sims 3 Store. Join the discussion and learn more about The Sims 3 Aurora Skies here.

With the judging by the terrain glimpses and the inclusion of the Hot Air Balloons, Aurora Skies looks to be quite a colourful world (think the complete opposite of Moonlight Falls and Bridgeport even). What do you think?


Ask Your Sims 3 University Life Questions *Sticky*

Questions sent to EA. Thanks for sending in questions!

BeyondSims were invited out to a Sims 3 University event at EA Guildford, we were not able to attend and the event was also unfortunately cancelled by EA on Thursday.

EA will be holding a Q&A on the day and have given us the opportunity to participate. So if you want your University Life questions to be answered by a Sims 3 Producer, leave them in the comments below before February 10th.



BeyondSims’ 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Giveaway [Winner Announced]

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Do you want to win a copy of The Sims 3 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Stuff Pack? In celebration of reaching over 1600 likes, we’re going to giveaway a copy of the game!

Simply leave a comment below by February 4th, and we’ll randomly pick a winner to receive a copy of the game! We will get in contact with the winner via. email.

Good luck!

Congratulations to Thomas for winning the giveaway! You have been contacted.
A huge thanks to everyone who entered. More competitions will be coming in the following months.

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