The Sims 2 for Mac has reached 'Gold Master' status and will ship "soon", Aspyr has confirmed.

The company will announce final shipping dates later this week. The Sims 2 lets players control their Sims across an entire lifetime. The game also features a new aspirations system and genetics - in which Sim DNA can be passed down through generations.

In related news, Aspyr has introduced a new logo to reflect its move to a broader portion of the games market and its decision to develop for other entertainment platforms. The new-look logo debuts with The Sims 2.

There's a competition, too: "We’re kicking off the launch of our new logo, with a fabulous contest. We’re going bigger and bolder with our new logo, and we’re looking to project an attitude that expresses that", the company said.

The company is offering the following p[rizes: an iPod; an iPod shuffle; one of five copies of The Sims 2; or one of 15 Aspyr T-shirts. More information on the competition is available on Aspyr's Web site.