The EA Play Label has announced that The Sims 3 is in development for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS, and will be released this autumn.

"We're bringing players the best console and handheld game for The Sims franchise to date and are excited to offer a unique experience for all types of gamers on their platform of choice," explained Sam Player, Executive Producer at EA. "Building on the unique traits system, living open neighbourhood, lifetime wishes, and endless customisation options, we've tailored each platform of The Sims 3 with exclusive features to allow for even more control, creativity, and connectivity."

In The Sims 3 for console and handheld, players will be able to create Sims with unique personalities, fulfil their desires...or not, and control their lives within a living neighbourhood.

Additionally, all-new features promise to make it easier than ever to mess with life as players can unlock the ultimate "Karma Powers" for instant control and unleash them on their Sims. Players can help their Sim "get lucky," bless them with "instant beauty" or be deviant and curse them with an "epic fail."

Playing on PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers will be more connected than ever before as they design, build, and share their creations and download content from other players around the world without ever leaving the game. Players will even be able to share achievements with friends by connecting to Facebook.

Exclusive to the Wii version, players will be able to enjoy an all-new beach town with unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes. For the first time ever, players can enjoy The Sims 3 with friends by going head to head in the new "Life Moments" game to earn rewards. The Wii game will also offer several adventure quests, challenging players to explore their town and discover the secrets therein.

Players of the DS game will be able to use the stylus to build their Sims' homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customise virtually everything from décor objects, textures, and more. Players will also use the stylus to sculpt their Sims' facial features, choose hair styles and clothing, and dictate personalities in what's described as "the most robust Create a Sim yet for a handheld game". In "Story Mode," players will control multiple Sims within a family and enjoy life's special moments.

The Sims 3 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS is developed by The Sims Studio.