Electronic Arts today released the first trailer and twelve new screens from The Sims 3, the next instalment in franchise that features a brand new engine - under development for nearly three years.

The Sims 3 allows you to immerse your unique Sims in an open living neighbourhood right outside their door. The initial feature-set unveiled includes the new seamless, open neighbourhood, new Create-A-Sim, new realistic personalities and new unlimited customization. The Sims 3 will launch globally in 2009.

Screenshots below - the trailer can be had from GP Downloads.