In the coming weeks, players of Electronic Arts' Sims 3 game will be able to go green thanks to Renault. Renault and EA have signed an agreement that will see the release of an electric vehicle pack (EVP) for the game. The highlight of the EVP is the battery-powered Twizy Z.E. concept that will be coming to market in a couple of years.
Along with the Twizy, the free expansion pack also includes other green items that players can use including wind turbines and solar panels. By using these sustainability items, players can cut down their virtual expenses in the game allowing them to advance. Presumably, if this pack proves popular, other Renault and Nissan electric vehilces could be added in the future.
RENAULT AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE SIMS 3
Renault and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ ERTS) today announced a multi-year agreement that will enable players of The SimsTM 3 PC/Mac to integrate Renault's forthcoming range of electric vehicles into one of the world's most successful entertainment franchises across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Players "Drive the Change" and reap benefits of electric vehicles inside World's Best-selling PC Franchise*. This Spring, Renault Twizy Z.E Concept car, will be made available to download free of charge** by The Sims 3 players within an 'Electric Vehicle Pack' (EVP) which will comprise a number of sustainable environmental items including solar panels and windmill. The use of the EVP inside The Sims 3 will have positive repercussions for a player's in-game family by reducing their weekly virtual household bills.
"Electric vehicles are additionally going to appeal to younger, more socially conscious prospects and especially early adopters. This is the heartland of The Sims 3 community and it thus provides a great innovative way to build the Renault Brand just ahead of the Renault range of affordable electric vehicles themselves", said Stephen Norman, SVP, Global Marketing for the Renault Group.
"This partnership delivers benefits for Renault and the consumer that are unique in today's media landscape," said Elizabeth Harz, Senior Vice President of Global Media Sales for EA. "Millions of The Sims 3 players of are able to download Renault concept vehicles and have a deep experience with the brand, while receiving genuine added gameplay value." "The Sims 3 players have demonstrated consistent enthusiasm for bringing cool 'real world' brands into their virtual world," said Steve Seabolt, VP of Global Brand development for The Sims. . "We're excited to work with Renault on their electric vehicles and have them available for download for The Sims 3."
This partnership was negotiated by OMD Fuse International on behalf of Renault.
* According to NPD data, Chart-track UK, Gfk France, Gfk Spain, Gfk-MCC Germany and EA internal estimate ** Download expires April 1, 2012. Update to the latest version of The Sims 3 launcher required for download. Download requires EA Online Account and online game registration with serial code enclosed with The Sims 3. EA Online Terms & Conditions can be found at www.ea.com. Minimum age requirements to register for an EA Online Account vary by country. See The Sims 3 product for details. Offer may not be substituted, transferred, exchanged, sold or redeemed for cash or other goods or services. Void in US, Canada and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.
About The Sims
The Sims franchise celebrates its ten-year anniversary this month and more than 120 million units sold since its launch in February 2000. Now translated into 22 different languages and available in 60 different countries, The Sims has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims 3 has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide to date and holds the #1 best-selling PC title for 2009 in North America and Europe. The game also allows players to create, download and share their content on its online exchange fueling nearly 110 million downloads for The Sims 3 in a matter of months. The Sims 3 community site, www.thesims3.com, welcomes up to six million unique visitors monthly, handles 300 content downloads every minute and more than 1.8 million uploads have been made to date, including 20 movies each hour. The Sims 3 YouTube Channel is in the top 5 most viewed sponsored channels of all time with more than 26 million video views. Visit The Sims 3 official website to see what the players are creating at www.TheSims3.com or the official YouTube Channel for The Sims at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSims.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA MobileTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO and The Sims are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About Renault Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles represent the clean-break solution that can put zero-emission mobility within everybody's reach. In line with the brand's Renault-eco2 environmental policy, Renault ZE electric vehicles are poised to be marketed on a large scale with a view to taking a decisive stand on the environmental front.
This clean break already possesses significant political support around the world in the form of tax incentives based on CO2 emission savings, as well as infrastructure development for electricity- based mobility. Renault will be selling affordable mass-production electric vehicles from 2011.
Visit the Renault Z.E. official website at www.renault-ze.com
About TWIZY Z.E. CONCEPT: 100% electric, 100% practical, 100% innovative
Twizy Z.E. is the definitive city-car for busy people seeking an efficient and practical means of mobility. It is an innovative response to the challenge of urban mobility. With its four-wheel chassis, Twizy Z.E. offers the driver and passenger – seated one behind the other – an all-electric means of transport, which produces no CO2 emissions.
Twizy Z.E. is an all-electric vehicle aimed primarily at busy city dwellers who need to pick their way through the urban jungle. Every day, they juggle work commitments with a busy social life, so efficiency, speed and simplicity are key. The ultra-compact dimensions of Twizy Z.E. (2.30m in length, and just 1.13m wide) ensure that it is nimble enough for urban use. The four-wheel arrangement, open bodywork and a seat format which puts the driver and passenger behind one another express Twizy Z.E.'s distinctive character.