Aspyr has begun shipping its latest Expansion Pack for The Sims – called The Sims Vacation – in the US.

The title is expected to ship in the UK very soon. The pack offers players a selection of holiday destinations, including tropical beaches, rustic woodland hideaways and snow holidays. The Expansion Set offers a wide selection of new objects and places for Sims players, alongside a selection of new characters, relationships and situations, Aspyr claims.

As well as a full version of the game, the Expansion Pack's system requirements are: Mac OS X or earlier; a PowerPC G3/233MH; 192MB of RAM; 600MB hard-disk space and 4MB video memory.

The company has also released The Sims Update August 2002. This brings the title to version 1.1.6 (Classic systems) or version 2.0.2 (Mac OS X). Among other things, the update fixes an issue in which the Room mood bar stops overdrawing to the left. Full details are available from Aspyr's Web site.