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Voice-Recorded-Interview by Daniel Reutter, - German Translation of this Interview Interview with Megan Myers, Assistant Producer at Electronic Arts for The Sims 3 Supernatural

Daniel, Hello Megan, thank you so much for the possibility to have this interview.

Megan Myers, EA: Hello Daniel, I am enjoying doing that. Let‘s start right away with your questions!

Daniel, Sure! What was your part while developing The Sims 3 Supernatural?

Megan Myers, EA: So I was the producer in charge of alchemy, the lunar cycle and zombies. These were my big responsibilities. I was in charge of a couple smaller things but those were the biggest ones that I did.

Daniel, Every The Sims 3 Expansion Pack includes one special supernatural Sim. Now, with The Sims 3 Supernatural we get a whole pack with lots of supernatural Sims. Why  did The Sims Team decide to create such a pack?

Megan Myers, EA: Well, we thought that Supernatural is a really fun theme and it seems very current. A lot of people are really into those kind of things right now. And I mean it‘s something that the fans have been asking for a while, making magic was a really big wish. And we haven't had anything similar to this before. I think it‘s a great pack.

Daniel, The Fairies are also a big theme in the community. The wings‘ animation looks just great. How does it work with the little natural fairyform and are these little fairy houses just decor or what can I do with this object?

Megan Myers, EA: Any Fairy can get into the Fairy House. And then there are tons of things that you can do in it. You can eat there, you can sleep there, you can throw a fairy house party, that‘s pretty funny. And all the fairies are in their cute fairy forms and are flying around and other Sims can come over and start dancing to the fairy house music. You can do a lot of things with this. It‘s a really cool object.

Daniel, What‘s your favorite supernatural Sim and why?

Megan Myers, EA: So I really like the zombie. Honestly I like every supernatural Sim. But the zombie is my favorite, because I was the producer who worked on them. I think it‘s a really funny system and it gets fun to collect all the recipes and find the ingredients to make these zombie elixirs that can do these really cool things. And we have tons of elixirs that you can learn. So there are all sorts of things that you can do with them. 

Daniel, The SimFans often discuss about the vampires, because we´ve already seen vampires in The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack. What kind of changes are there and of course what kind of new features?

Megan Myers, EA: The biggest change is that you now can create vampires directly from Create A Sim. You don‘t have to find a vampire, befriend them and then ask them to turn you. You can just create one and start playing. We also added a couple of new interactions to the vampires and there are some elixirs that are specific to vampires. Hopefully they´ll be super fun to play in The Sims 3 Supernatural.

Daniel, What kind of spells can witches cast and do they have to learn them? How does this spell-casting system actually work?

Megan Myers, EA: They’ll get better of being witches and they will learn and unlock more spells as they get better. Let’s talk about some of the types of the spells that they can do. We have both beneficial and harmful spells. You can hurt yourself and other Sims. And then there is the zombification spell that allows your Sim to turn other Sims into zombies. And then we have other spells like the love potion kind of spell that will make a Sim fall in love with you. We will release a blog that goes into detail very soon.

Daniel, Are there new personality traits and how do they affect on the life of the Sims?

Megan Myers, EA: Yes, there is the "Supernatural Fan" and the "Supernatural Skeptic". So the Supernatural Fan is all about supernaturals, and they love talking about supernaturals, they want meeting supernaturals , they love it when weird things happen. And the „Supernatural Skeptic" is the opposite of it. He hates supernaturals, he dislikes everything that‘s not ordinary. They don‘t like the full moon, they don‘t like when anything weird happens. And then we have a couple of other traits. They are pretty funny. We have a gather trait that will help you with finding and creating ingredients for elixirs and then we have a couple of others, that I am not sure if I should reveal them yet. Well, I keep them for later, but there are definitely more traits. 

Daniel, Will the SimFans get new options, objects and possibilities in Build Mode?

Megan Myers, EA: In The Sims 3 Supernatural, we’ve added the new sliding bookcase door, cornices, and windows that will snap together that can be used to create large windows or multi-floor windows.  We also have a number of new building objects in styles that will fit with the supernatural theme.

Daniel, I've seen a wardrobe on the trailer. It’s glowing and the Sim is jumping out of it. Is this a teleport thing or what is it?!

Megan Myers, EA: No, the wardrobe isn't a teleporter. I am not sure what they are doing there probably. It could be woohooing, so I think that’s a new magical woohoo-spot.

Daniel, Are there any other new places to woohoo in The Sims 3 Supernatural?

Megan Myers, EA: There are! There is a number of new places to woohoo. That’s actually something that can be done in the fairy house. (laughs)

Daniel, Sounds funny. I love such funny things in Sims Games.

Megan Myers, EA: Yes, me too. I love to figure out the new hidden features that you wouldn’t expect.

Daniel, What kind of new deaths and ghost colors are included in this expansion pack?

Megan Myers, EA: So we have three new death types. One is caused by a spell, one is caused by something related to alchemy and the third is caused by a new object. And we have new colors for all of them.

Daniel, And it’s also possible to create all the new and the recent ghosts in CAS, right?

Megan Myers, EA:
Yes, we have all of the ghost types there, so if you can’t figure out how to die for the ghost colors you prefere, you can create them and pick them from CAS.

Daniel, Are there new magical gnomes in The Sims 3 Supernatural?

Megan Myers, EA: Yes, there are. My favorite is the ghost magic gnome, he is kind of ghost like, it's pretty cool.

Daniel, So, that’s it for the moment! Would you like to say something to the Community?

Megan Myers, EA: Sure! I just want to say that it has been so great and how excited it is. We just feel good and we had a great time making this pack and it’s really awesome to see that other people like  it too.

Daniel, Cool, thank you very much Megan!

Megan Myers, EA: Yes, thank you!

Voice-Recorded-Interview by Daniel Reutter, - German Translation of this Interview

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