The game series known as The Sims has always offered an open-ended experience that lets you get as involved as you want in the lives of tiny, autonomous computer people. The series will take a step in a new direction with The Sims Medieval, a new game that will swap out the open, nonlinear circumstance of the traditional series for a directed experience that takes place in olden times, when kings and queens commissioned the aid of noble knights to protect their peasant population, under the watchful, watching eye of the Watcher–that’s you, the player! In the new game, you’ll be able to play as any one of the game’s individual characters and perform discrete quests to win kingdom points, which will eventually count toward a victory condition. Yes, it’s a big change for the series. Senior producer Rachel Bernstein explains.