|Luc from Maxis gave an explanation about the 3 new pictures:
"The assets depict a serene Asian-themed bedroom, as well as the ultimate in-door/out-door living space with a sumptuous kitchen that over-looks a pool area. The last asset depicts a comparison of a swanky bachelor pad to a sophisticated Tudor abode. Building in The Sims 2 has reached a whole new level of realism and design with the hundreds of customization options we will be providing you."
He also told that next Thursday at 3:00PM PST there will be a live-chat with Senior Producer, Tim LeTourneau. Also next week already, there will be a new Designer Diary at GameSpot where Maxis will announce, as they say, a revolutionary new game feature.
And finally a word about why CaSIE is not released this month:
"We have made some code changes to improve game speed and make custom content easier to make for 3D heads. Thoses changes were not compatible with Casie, so we have to update the code. We are trying to give you a tool that will be as likely as possible to generate content compatible with the game that ships."