Ah, The Sims Pets the one expansion pack I always want and will buy, ever since the original Sims Unleashed. In fact, in the case of The Sims 2, the Pets expansion was the reason I bought the whole game. My Sims' households never seem complete until they get that dopey dog, crazy cat or parrot that craps everywhere.
The Sims 3: Pets is also the second 'proper' iteration of The Sims 3 to reach consoles, coming to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 3DS. Noticeable by it's absence though is a Wii version, which is bound to be of concern to those of us who either play primarily, or only own a Nintendo console. In the name of journalistic integrity, we've just done a bit of digging, and we can't find a reference to it anywhere either - which seems strange, as we'd have thought The Sims 3 would have done quite well with the usual Wii audience...
If you pre-order the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 version of The Sims 3: Pets, you'll be able to nab yourself quite a few differently-designed pets, with unique markings you won't be able to see in the game otherwise, including:
Aztec-inspired Aztec Panthera cat
Panda Pom dog and Panda Chow dog
Skunk Birman cat
Tiger Chi dog and Tiger Husky dog
Bat-inspired Pouncer cat
Electronic LED-lit Cyber-tooth Tiger cat, Data Pup dog, and Data Pointer dog
Robot-influenced Mecha Neko cat, Iron Terrier dog and Robo Dane dog
Skeleton-themed Skeleton Crew Cat, Bone Mastif dog and Bones dog
Dead Space-inspired Ishimura Bobtail cat
Dragon Age-inspired Mabari War Terrier dog and Mabari War Hound dog
Personally, I quite like the panda dog and the skunk Birman cat most of the others look a little bit odd, but as a pre-order incentive it's probably okay. The Sims 3: Pets launches on the 21st October this year across Xbox 360, Playstation 3, 3DS and of course PC make sure you keep checking back, as we're sure to have more information before then, including a preview from when we had a little play in Cologne at Gamescom.