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Written by Paperpin Friday, 30 October 2009 17:24
Let's keep talking about the new tool for creating neighborhoods, as GameSpot has played with this utility and published a very interesting article. Here's an extract:

Create-A-World is intended for serious Sims enthusiasts willing to devote enough time to build entire neighborhoods from scratch. The tool is actually the same one that the development team uses to create these playfields for The Sims 3 and its expansions, and because it's the same tool that the developers use, it can create areas similar to those that appear in the base game and expansions, in four different size levels. (The Sims 3's default neighborhood of Sunset Valley is the largest of the four world sizes.)

Like with the build mode of The Sims 3, users can manipulate terrain by raising it to create mountains or lowering it to create valleys, then "paint" the terrain using either the textures and terrain types available in the editing tools, or, if they're ambitious enough, by using image-editing tools such as Photoshop to create their own JPEG and PNG textures to map onto their custom neighborhoods. Once built, these areas can be exported from the tool, then either imported into your own game install (you can have as many custom neighborhoods in your game as your computer's hard drive space allows), or uploaded to the Exchange community site to share with other users.

[...] While giving users the ability to create entire lots from scratch will give hardcore fans the ability to create huge new areas to explore, the EA team clarified that the tool will work off of each user's installed games. That is, if a user wishes to create a community lot using the adventure-based gameplay of The Sims 3 World Adventures, that user must own World Adventures and have it installed, and the created lot can be used only by players who also own that expansion. In any case, EA states that Create-A-World is not intended to replace the new gameplay features that traditional Sims 3 expansion packs typically introduce, such as the new careers and adventure gameplay in World Adventures.
[...] Create-A-World will be a separate utility that will weigh in at about 130MB and be free to download from the official Sims 3 Web site. The tool is planned for release in a beta state this December in all languages--EA plans to support and improve the utility over time as it receives feedback from the fan community.

Full article here.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 18:26