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Perennial pop star and up-and-coming world superpower Katy Perry will soon be making trips to the Sims universe with the wordy 'The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition' expansion pack.

Set to launch in March 2012, 'Showtime' will be the first of what publisher EA describes as "special Katy Perry themed in-game content and virtual goods."

"Today marks the start of the most integrated and exciting collaboration with any artist in the history of The Sims," said Steve Schur, Worldwide Executive of Music for EA.

Katy is no stranger to the Sims universe, having recorded a Simlish version of her hit song "Hot N Cold" for The Sims 2: Apartment Life in 2008. This time, however, she's going all in.

Guiding your Sims avatar from unknown virtuoso to internally renowned superstar is the main focus of this particular Sims outing, though it's not just limited to being a singer.  The Sims 3 Showtime will allow you to take on the occupation of a variety of different entertainers, including DJs, acrobats, and magicians.

"I love how you're able to play out different stories through your Sims characters — giving them different careers and watching them succeed," Perry said.

Perry reportedly contributed her style, energy and fashion sense to the game's aesthetic, creating accessories, clothing, hairstyles, furniture, and props for game players to discover.  She'll also appear in the game as a character.

"I always like to think of myself as a cartoon," Perry says.  "Now I'm a Sim!"

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