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In addition, exclusive items including pre-order items were released over the life cycle of this generation.
All of these releases constitute the second generation of the main series.
EA announced on April 8, 2009 that Will Wright, who designed the original game, had left Maxis to run Stupid Fun Club, an entertainment development studio founded in 2001 to develop "new intellectual properties to be deployed across multiple fronts including video games, movies, television, the Internet, and toys".
In 2013, an EA restructure saw The Sims Studio reintegrated with the revitalized EA Maxis label.
The Sims 2 is set some 25 years after the original game.For instance, the Goth family has aged significantly with Bella Goth mysteriously vanishing ("dying") at some point in the 25-year period.Because the entire game has progressed from 2D sprites to 3D models, all content in The Sims 2 had to be created from the ground up.By March 22, 2002, The Sims had sold more than 11.3 million copies worldwide, surpassing Myst as the best-selling PC game in history.The original game, all seven expansion packs, and the two exclusive deluxe edition content packs constitute the first generation of the series on the PC.