Electronic Arts and Maxis today announced that a free downloadable demo, and complete retail version of hotly-anticipated game, Spore Creature Creator will be available from 17 June, 2008.

The highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims, Spore gives players their own personal universe in which they create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt worlds and explore a universe created by other gamers.

The Spore Creature Creator offers players the chance to design their own species and share it with their friends. All creatures designed with the Spore Creature Creator can be imported into the full retail version of Spore for PC and Mac when it launches on 5 September 2008 in Europe and 7 September 2008 in North America.

“We are thrilled to finally be putting the creative tools of Spore into the hands of players around the world,” said Will Wright, chief designer, Maxis. “The amazing creations players design this summer will help populate the game universe we all enter when Spore ships this September, so in a sense, the Spore Creature Creator is the birth of Spore.”

The free demo version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available for download worldwide via download from www.spore.com. The demo lets players shape, paint and play with an unlimited number of creatures, using 25 per cent of the creature-making parts from Spore. Gamers can then share these creations with their friends, including via YouTube.

A complete retail version of Spore Creature Creator will also be available in North America for $9.99 and most European territories for €9.99, which gives players access to all the creature-making parts in the game.