The Sims Go ‘Medieval’

We take a look at the new 'The Sims Medieval' game.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

The Sims Go 'Medieval'

Electronic Arts is going “Medieval” on The Sims today. And to celebrate the event with a rousing “Huzzah!”, the game industry king joined faux royalty of ages past Monday night for a little jousting and swordplay at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Buena Park, California.

The Sims Medieval takes the engine from Sims 3 and turns the clock back a few centuries, creating a PC and Mac role-playing game offering players a chance to control their kingdom. Sims fans can assume the identities of Monarchs, Wizards, Spies, Priests, Blacksmiths, Physicians, Knights, Merchants or Bards. It’s safe to assume that EA won’t be offering additional period-friendly choices such as scullery whore or plague victim. 

Unlike the modern versions of Sims in which (let’s be honest) players spent most of their time in search of virtual sex, Medieval fans can create their heroes and venture on quests. Eventually, they build and control a kingdom and can play any Hero Sim character living within it. As EA’s own Sims Medieval pitch puts it, “Creativity will soar as players tell stories like never before full of drama, romance, conflict, and comedy.”

“Players will find their Sims in a variety of situations previously unknown to them like whether or not to poison the king, search for dragons and punishing Sims by putting them into the stocks or having them face the Pit Beast. Every quest plays out differently depending on which quest choice the player makes and which Sim they use for fulfilling the story.” 

As part of the game’s premiere roll-out, EA teamed with that fixture of everything sword, sorcery  and eating with your fingers, the Medieval Times Restaurant for a special charity dinner show. A portion of the proceeds from the sell-out crowd on “Be A Hero” night went to the Medieval Times Foundation Charity.  

At every Medieval Times show, the audience is treated to a multi-course meal, expert horse riding, falconry, jousting and theatrical combat. Of course, the good guys win and (fortunately) no one broke into song. 

According to Kerry Graves, Medieval Times spokesperson, "Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament brings history to life through its two-hour, live-action medieval tournament shows – giving guests a feeling of what it would have been like to live in the middle ages.” 

"Now, that same feeling can be experienced in The Sims Medieval video game. We were honored to host the official launch of The Sims Medieval at Medieval Times.”

Scott Evans, Sims Studio General Manager, said EA was happy to raise money for charity with their new game.

"The Sims Medieval and Medieval Times are a perfect blend of two franchises that are working towards the same goal of providing a rich, creative and fun experience within a medieval setting," Evans said. "We’re thrilled we could bring the two together for a great cause.”

The press and “Be A Hero” attendees had the chance to play Sims Medieval before the festivities got rolling. As a special “thank you, fair peasants” for attending the charity event, everyone in attendance received a digital download code good for a free digital copy of the game before it arrived on shelves today.

A test ride of the game revealed that it’s much more Sims than World of WarCraft. It’s more the kind of game players can come and go from in shorter bursts of play, as opposed to taking on team quests that can consume hours.

Yon fans of The Sims should enjoyeth yon game until it quits thy sight.