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Old 19th Dec 2017, 5:42 PM DefaultThe Sims 2 Console Beta Hunt #1
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We all knew that this game was originally going to be an Urbz 2. So I decided to make a thread posting every beta screenshot relating to The Urbz 2/Sims 2 Console development, arranged in chronological order. With some searches, I managed to find some interesting images and discoveries.
THE URBZ 2 (Summer 2004 - Early 2005)
Intro Storyboards: http://baileybrent.com/storyboards1.html & http://baileybrent.com/storyboards2.html
- The slobby Urb present in the storyboards might be an earlier version of Toothless Joe in the final game. He looks very similar in appearance, just without the wacky vibe.
Concept Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLGxgLe2V1I
- This game seemed to originally have a working title of "Nightlife", which would end up being the second Sims 2 expansion pack.
Some Urbz-like character concept art: https://sooperpang.weebly.com/the-sims-2-ps2.html
- Yes, the models are from The Sims 2, but the concept art looked more "wacky" in a way. It's also possible that Ossie Madison was supposed to be one of the first characters your Urb meets in the cancelled project.
THE SIMS 2 CONSOLE ALPHA BUILD (Early 2005 - April 2005 Unveiling)
Early HUD & CAS (Scroll Down a bit!): http://www.sebastianhyde.com/SGH_Di...GH_UI_Sims.html
- It seems that most of the images from this build are purely mockup, and the one image with the early food menu seems to be close to the build shown in April 2005.
Object Concept Art: http://www.sebastianhyde.com/SGH_Di...ms2Console.html
- Nothing interesting here, just concept arts of items that would end up appearing in the final game.
Visual Target: https://imgur.com/a/oK9IW
- Those were recovered from a Brazilian blog site before it went defunct, and no bigger resolution is available. Some interesting things can be seen, such as the layout of Mom's House from Bustin' Out and the sofas that can be bought at Cozmo Street in the Urbz. The Sims use the same render from the very first prerelease screenshot.
THE SIMS 2 CONSOLE E3 BETA BUILD (April 2005 - June/July 2005)
Console Broll footage (Probably used at E3 2005): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HWVx5-Lb3Y
- Some Urbz leftovers can be seen, such as the Friend of Mine flooring (Which can be bought at South Side Bridge)
E3 Demo Map: https://tcrf.net/File:Temp_worldmap_e3.png
- This texture is present in the final game, and the map looks completely different.
Hot Summer Nights Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAj7RNwVXD0
- This video is interesting, even though only 30ish seconds of the console game is shown. It also switches between (possibly) the E3 build and a slightly later one, as it can be told by the HUDs. Some things can be spotted, like a curious sign (likely an earlier version of the taxi sign) in HMS Amore (which also includes another changed-around layout) and different camera intros.
THE SIMS 2 CONSOLE HANDS-ON/REVIEW BUILD (August 2005 - September 2005)
Simzone review, dated August 22, 2005: https://www.thesimszone.co.uk/edito...hp?ID=49&Page=2
- From the (low-quality) screenshots, the game appears to be mostly the same as the final version, including the finalized HUD. There's also another beta review of The Sims 2 Pets, which includes a slightly different pause menu layout.
Designer Walkthrough, dated about early September 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fun37L-6wQ
- A build can be seen at the beginning of the video, which says "A.09.01.0", and is different from the one seen in the demo and final build. Seeing as this walkthrough was posted around the SimZone review, it was also likely the same build that was used in that same review.
- In the files, it seems to be like a condensed version of the build sent to review copies, and has a build date of September 9, 2005.
I tried gathering as much information as possible. Be sure to post your findings on this thread!
Old 31st Jan 2018, 5:35 PM #2

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Brilliant snooping.I did a similar write-up, but with the PC version of the base game. In case you haven't seen it, here it is:


Keep in mind that this is all speculation and connections I made by looking at pre-release images / videos.

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