Electronic Arts' highly-anticipated multiplatform The Sims 3
has been delayed. The flagship PC title, previously slated for a February 20 release, will now launch globally starting June 2.
At the same time, BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins
on PC is moved into the second half of 2009, to coincide more closely with the console release during that same period.
The Sims 3
will also launch on Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch and mobile devices in Summer 2009, although dates for specific versions were not announced.
"The June launch combined with the break-through game the team is building gives us the perfect runway to create awareness for The Sims 3
," said Russell Arons, Vice President of Marketing for EA.
"Dragon Age: Origins
is shaping up to be quite amazing in its level of quality and polish," says Bioware general manager and CEO Ray Muzyka. "I’m really proud of our team, who are working very hard to make Dragon Age: Origins
the biggest and most exciting BioWare game yet, and we will work to ensure it not only meets, but exceeds the expectations of our loyal audience of fans."
The change in release dates come at the same time EA announces its third quarter financial results
, posting a $641 million loss even with increasing revenue.
Concludes Arons, "The Sims 3
will be the original IP summer blockbuster of 2009 as we build off the success of the best-selling PC franchise of all time to create awareness with both loyal Sims fans and new players."