The game launches next week but if you preorder it today, says publisher Electronic Arts, you can preload the game so you’ll be among the first to play the game when it goes on sale Sept. 7 in the United States.
The game, from the geniuses behind “The Sims,” is an other-worldly adventure. Similar to “The Sims,” Spore requires players to build and create. But instead of a house or city, Spore is all about creating a universe, starting in the primordial ooze with a single-cell organism.
The preorder deal is for gamers who buy the PC version of Spore from the EA store, at eastore.ea.com. Mac users will be able to start their download at gametreeonline.com. But the special “Galactic edition” will only be available as a box in stores.
After pre-ordering the game, Spore will appear in the EA Download Manager and players will be able to download 99 percent of the game to the computer, with the remainder of the game available for download on Sept. 7. At that point, it will take 30 to 60 minutes to install the rest of the game.
Also on Sept. 7, the make-your-own Spore comic-book launches, as previously mentioned here on Game Rover. The comic book software will be available online at Mashon.com, a site from Aliso Viejo’s Planetwide Media.
Users will be able to send video and images directly to the tool from the game. At Mashon, users pick comic-book templates and drag-and-drop art onto those templates. All images, including video, can be resized and rearranged to create a story line. When completed, users can click the ‘share’ button and send links to personal blogs and social-networking accounts.
Beside the personalized Spore comic books, EA is also integrating links to YouTube and T-shirt site Zazzle.com within the game so fans can upload videos and create Spore T-shirts without leaving the game.
“We really look at all of our partnerships as ways players can take the game outside of the game,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Spore’s executive producer.
Spore will also be available on the Nintendo DS and mobile phones.
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