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EA packs in Sims, Star Wars, FIFA, Battlefield, at E3

At the annual E3 games expo, EA unveiled a massive roster of new games, maps and expansions, including major Sims and Star Wars news

“The Empire won’t stop until every Jedi is purged from the galaxy. As a young Padawan on the run, the odds are against you—but the Force is with you. Discover the Jedi abilities you must master to survive.”

That was the compelling yet somehow familiar rallying call that went with the unveil of the new trailer (above) for the upcoming Star Wars game Jedi: Fallen Order, during this weekend’s E3 games expo in Los Angeles.

It was one of a flood of E3 unveils from Electronic Arts, which also debuted additional extras for Apex LegendsAnthem, The Sims 4Battlefield V, and new EA Sports games.

A highlight was an announcement from EA and Maxis that The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack is coming to PC and Mac on June 21 and to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on July 16. 

In The Sims 4 Island Living, players can trade in the hustle and bustle of city life in exchange for a laid-back lifestyle on the tropical island of Sulani, where Sims can relax on the beach, enjoy water activities on a glistening ocean, become a conservationist to help keep the beaches in pristine condition and experience all of the cultural traditions this island has to offer.

“With Island Living, the development team wanted to give players the chance to escape with their Sims to a peaceful, unique paradise and truly connect with nature,” said Mike Duke, Senior Producer of The Sims 4. “This expansion will enable fans and their Sims to find their bliss, whether it is relaxing under a palm tree on the beach, befriending a mermaid along the coral reefs, or protecting the Sulani environment and ensuring that the island becomes more beautiful than ever.”

The expansion pack introduces the beautiful, sun-soaked world of Sulani, where Sims can enjoy activities in the clear blue waters surrounding the island, setting sail in a peaceful canoe or going on a wild aqua zip ride alongside pods of playful dolphins that surround the island. Sims can also swim, build sandcastles on the shore, or kick back and relax under the sun. Sims immerse themselves into the Sulani lifestyle by learning local folklore, tasting traditional delicacies, dressing in tropical garb or decorating their new oasis with objects inspired by the local culture.

Players can try out a new conservationist career for Sims who want to make a change in their newfound home. The more Sims clean up and care for their environment, the more lush and full of explosive nature it becomes. Or Sims will take on protecting beachgoers as a lifeguard, taking on odd jobs or fishing for their next meal.

Alongside the reveal of The Sims 4 Island Living, The Sims is also celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with a new partnership with the It Gets Better Project, a non-profit organisation and global movement to provide hope and encouragement to LGBTQ+ youth. 

Beginning on June 18, players will be able to access exclusive It Gets Better and pride in-game clothing in The Sims 4 onPC, The Sims FreePlay and The Sims Mobile, as well as a variety of pride items, including a gender-neutral bathroom door in The Sims 4. Look for this content to come to The Sims 4 on consoles in July.

Click here to read about EA Sports FIFA 20, Volta Football, Battlefield V maps and new independent games.

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