The Sims 2 has finally gone gold, according to reports quoting EA sources, and should be on track for its proposed European release date of September 17th, having undergone around a year of "polishing".
The influential, er, "life sim" is also in the news this week after EA unveiled Mark Mothersbaugh as the game's composer. His work in the past on TV, stage and screen has earned him a BMI music award for Outstanding Career Achievement, and he was also one of the founding members of the 80s rock group Devo. And while this uncultured urchin knows nothing of them, our resident guru informs us that their "quirky US stuff" was "more New Wave than rock" - although he can't remember if it was any good. Bloody old people.
Anyway - Mothersbaugh's work will be featured throughout The Sims 2, from the Create-A-Sim screen right through to the furnishing options page. Hum. "I'm very excited to have had the opportunity to work on one the most anticipated PC games of the year. The Sims 2 team is a very talented group of people and working with them on creating music to fit their innovative game was a true highlight for me," Mothersbaugh explained. "Computer games are just another vehicle to express my creativity and allow my fans to enjoy my music."
Expect to hear more about The Sims 2 later this week ahead of its launch next month.