Sims Medieval pirate expansion be sailin' this August, matey

The Sims Medieval will receive its first expansion with the Pirates and Nobles pack this August. New features include treasure hunting, with new items like birds (falcons and parrots) and "interrogation chairs," which will subject victims to heinous tickle torture.

The game begins with the Pirates of Aarbyville and the Nobles of Tredony arriving in the kingdom, followed by whatever drama you can get your Sims involved in. The war between Aarbyville and Tredony creates a new ambition and opportunity for treasure. Also, for the history buffs reading, before focusing on why 16th century pirates are in a "medieval" game, ask yourself why you're taking The Sims so seriously.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.