GAsource komt met het nieuwtje dat The Sims in alpha is gegaan. Nu alleen nog maar hopen dat het spel geen vertraging op zal lopen (wanneer niet? en het ook op tijd in de winkels zal liggen.Maxis today announced that The Sims has reached alpha, the stage at which all design features have been implemented in the game's software. The Sims, the people simulator designed by SimCity creator Will Wright, has been in development for over seven years. While quite a bit of game balancing, tuning and debugging is still required, Maxis says that the game is on track for release in the first quarter of 2000. "The Sims has evolved so dramatically over the past several years, it's hard to believe we've finally gone alpha," said Wright. "The team has been working around the clock to get the game to this critical final stage. We've been tuning the gameplay for the past several months, but it's difficult without having all the features in place. We have a lot of work to do, but we're in the final stretch."