Have you ever played any of the Sims games and said to yourself, "You know what, everything in this game is just too modern. I'd love to take out the technology and comforts of the 21st century and see how these stupid Sims like that!" Okay, maybe I've never had that exact thought, but I have considered attempting to build a castle in the middle of town, or trying to hold a Renaissance Faire in the park. Sadly, The Sims 3 isn't really equipped for this sort of thing, but EA can help out with that when The Sims Medieval comes out in 2011. Yes, that is a thing that's happening.
To be clear, this is not an expansion pack for The Sims 3; The Sims Medieval is a standalone game and, from the sound of the press release, the start of a new series. For the first time, gamers will be able to torture control their Sims in a different time period, taking a time warp to the middle ages and experience the lives of kings, queens, wizards, and bards. There will also be quest-based gameplay, which is a new direction for the series, though I imagine it won't be too different than the light adventuring of the World Adventures expansion.
The Sims Medieval will be out in the spring of 2011 for the PC and Mac, and yes, I'm in. You can make fun of me all you want, but I love the way The Sims 3 allows my imagination to run wild, and I'm already thinking about what kind of medieval trouble I can get into when this game comes out.