The Sims 3 Dragon Valley: Explore A Land Of Dragons And Castles This May

By Brandy Shaul , Updated May 13, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

While many eyes may be on the developments surrounding EA's recently announced The Sims 4, The Sims 3 is far from dead. In fact, a huge new expansion will launch in the game later this May. The Sims 3: Dragon Valley introduces players to a land filled with magic and mystery, once destroyed by an army of adult dragons.

Dragon Valley may initially appear peaceful, but there's a war brewing between two clans: The O'Connells and the elven Mithrilens. The conflict boils down to the O'Connells and their recent adoption of baby dragons as pets, which doesn't sit too well with the Mithrilens, whose land was destroyed by dragons many years prior.

"You all walk around with dragons on your arms as pets. But don't you see? We're just recovering; we've finally rebuilt after the original Dragons ravaged our land," says the Mithrilens on the Sims 3 website. "Don't let them pull the wool over your eyes. Just look at the dragons. They are supposed to be "babies" but each one does something more dastardly than the last!"

As the name might suggest, The Sims 3: Dragon Valley introduces players to a cute baby Red Dragon pet, capable of breathing fire and casting spells on players' friends, neighbors or enemies. The Red Dragon fills a Sim's energy and hygiene needs, and they can be played with or talked to at any time.

Outside of raising dragons, Dragon Valley also comes equipped with a new school building, a cemetery and tomb honoring those lost in the previous Dragon war, tournament tents, a day spa, a theater, grocer, civic center, restaurant and much more.

The Sims 3: Dragon Valley will be available in two package options. Both contain the Dragon Valley travel location, as well as the Red Baby Dragon. The Standard Bundle stops there, while the more expensive Gold Bundle includes 1,900 Sim Points (the virtual currency that can be used to unlock new items within the game) and an additional Celtic Lands location.

Both versions of The Sims 3: Dragon Valley will launch on May 30, 2013. The Standard Bundle costs $25, while the Gold Bundle goes for $35.

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