A trailer for the game was included on the SimCity 3000 CD. From the trailer, the premise of the game seemed to be a manned mission to the planet Mars, followed by a terraforming and colonization scenario, typical of the Maxis world-building game style. The game presumed to be an integration of previous Maxis titles presented in 3D, possibly including elements of SimEarth, SimLife, and SimCity.
Cancellation and aftermath
On May 12, 2000, Maxis announced that the game was put on hold.
An arcade game titled SimMars is in The Sims: Vacation, where it is described as follows: "Direct mankind's first mission to the red planet! Launch rockets and deploy robot probes! Deploy teams to search for alien resources! Establish and run a network of specialized colonies to create a self-sufficient civilization! Provide your colony with food, shelter, and power! Fast, furious, adrenaline-pumping action!"
- Buechner, Patrick (May 12, 2000). "Maxis wins big for The Sims and more!". SimGames.net. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
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