REDWOOD CITY, CA—Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson announced the newest sequel in the SimCity video game series and it features the City of Palestine and city manager Wendy Ellis. SimCity: Wendyville is set to debut in the spring with the tagline, “Let’s play city.”
“We searched across the country for a city, a real city, that we could feature in our newest game,” Wilson said during a press conference. “We stumbled across Palestine, a small East Texas town, and after some extensive research feel that this city is perfect for being featured in this game.”
According to Wilson, the players will assume the role of Ellis and manage the city through issues ranging from financial crisis, revealing audits and illegal landfills, but be careful, he says, because there are some obstacles that will stand in your way.
“Let’s be clear, the city council in this game is true to life,” Wilson explained. “They’re pretty much useless and will do nothing to stop Ellis as she ravages the city; however, there are other characters featured in the game that will do their best to stop her tyranny.”
For example, Wilson demonstrated the game as he, playing as Ellis, battled local conservative talk radio host Bob Herrington in a bloody fight. In another battle, the only council person who is not silent in the game, Vickey Chivers, was shown in another bloody battle with Ellis.
In both battles, Ellis was able to move millions of dollars from restricted cash accounts, use the money to hire a bodyguard, city employee Doug Whitten, who then fended off the two obstacle characters. Their bodies were then buried in the Wellscreek Wastewater Treatment Facility. “It’s true to life when it comes to the reckless handling of tax payer money,” Wilson said.
To eventually win the game, a player must make it through it without being fired. “If it’s anything like real life, that’ll be pretty easy,” Wilson said with a grin. “Assuming the player is able to keep the same council members they’ll be fine, but be careful because throughout the game, elections are held and if you haven’t kept the citizens of Wendyville apathetic, they’ll turn out to vote and then out the door you could go,” Wilson said as he concluded his presentation.
“We’re extremely excited about this new venture,” Ellis told The Dogwood Tale. “We believe that, like our new gay marriage initiative, the City of Palestine is proving that we’re on the cutting edge of technology and social issues, which we feel will propel us into the future.”