Sims 2: Open For Business Reaches Alpha Development Stage

Aspyr Media on Wednesday announced that its latest Sims 2 expansion pack, Open For Business, has reached the Alpha stage of development. At this point, the game is up and running and is one step away from Beta, where final bugs are ironed out before itis declared Gold Master and sent off for manufacturing and shipping.

Open For Business enables playersi Sims to open businesses that range from clothing boutiques to floral shops to electronics stores, hiring and firing staff and managing other aspects of the operation along the way. Players get to lay out their stores, pick themes, and set prices while also training and promoting employees and learning new talents for their own Sims. The game also includes more than 125 new items.

Pricing will be US$34.99. Open for Business will require The Sims 2, but other system requirements are not yet available. A product page has not yet gone up on Aspyris Web site.

The Sims 2: Open For Business