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MMORPG | Setting:Real Life | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 12/17/02)  | Pub:Electronic Arts
Distribution:Download | Retail Price:n/a | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:$09.99
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

The Sims Online

The Sims Online brought Maxis' popular The Sims series into an MMO virtual world space. The game featured the same basic concept as the offline version -- create a Sim, build a house and learn skills. However, where players of the offline Sims series found that their Sims could take care of many of their own needs if the resources were available, The Sims Online placed these tasks into the hands of the player. The familiar list of needs that had to be met included hunger, social, and hygiene. Putting your Sims to sleep, feeding them, and sending them to the shower were easy to take care of on your own, but social and fun skills involved other players. Each Sim could earn money and buy a lot for his or her own house or room with someone else. Houses owned by people online were open for visits.


Grouping was greatly encouraged through bonuses to skill learning. Learning skills was free, although not permanent. Without practice, skill levels would decline over time. If a group of Sims gathered to start reading cookbooks (one of the game's many skill objects), then everyone's skill in cooking would go up much faster than alone, and social needs were met this way. Sims could perform one of several jobs to earn money for land and other customization items. Similar to skills, jobs would also receive bonuses when completed together in groups.


Players could also resort to other forms of earning money, such as selling items and virtual shops. Eventually, Electronic Arts worked with the community and added a custom item feature where users could create and sell things like furniture for profit.


In 2007, it was announced that after five years, The Sims Online would be folded into a larger online world called EA-Land in 2008. Shortly before this was set to happen, it was instead confirmed that the game would be shut down entirely. The Sims Online was shut down in August of 2008.

How long until EA kills another? Posted by Amana on September 12, 2012 @ 7:28AM
TSO is GARBAGE and always will be GARBAGE! Posted by Fuzzball1 on November 11, 2009 @ 3:58PM
So should i get it or no??? Posted by Pyromaniac04 on June 1, 2005 @ 4:04PM
Game Time Cards? Posted by Pyromaniac04 on June 1, 2005 @ 3:49PM
This game is no good Rate it here Posted by The_Hobbit' on May 31, 2005 @ 6:06PM
TSO - the most boring fun you'll ever have Posted by The_Hobbit' on May 30, 2005 @ 6:41PM
Okay - Some ideas. Posted by Zaxx99 on May 17, 2005 @ 8:52PM
how's the pvp? Posted by nOOObie on May 16, 2005 @ 4:26PM
the price Posted by mammas on May 16, 2005 @ 12:01AM
Corporate Sponsorship Posted by Katheryne on April 10, 2005 @ 3:17PM

Game to End

Game to End - The Sims Online News

A sad day for fans of The Sims Online as EA announces the game's closure on August 1st, 2008.

Posted May 01, 2008 by Jon Wood

At A Glance: A Visit With The Sims

At A Glance: A Visit With The Sims - The Sims Online News

In our most recent At A Glance article, Community Manager Laura Genender takes a look at the free trial for The Sims Online.

Posted Jan 24, 2007 by Jon Wood

First Organized Event

First Organized Event - The Sims Online News

Posted Jan 16, 2004 by Craig McGregor

Get New Clothes!

Get New Clothes! - The Sims Online News

Posted Aug 19, 2003 by Craig McGregor

Released !

Released ! - The Sims Online News

Posted Dec 17, 2002 by Hugo Perreault