The Sims 3 with online authentication?
Only recently in the web store Amazon a reference to an online authentication of The Sims 3 emerged. In the meantime this hint has been removed.
Why the indication has been removed, is unclear. But one might suspect that this happened on the behalf of publisher EA, in order to prevent a boycott with negative ratings as it has happened with Spore.
But there hasn't been a change to the fact that the new game will be protected by Secu-ROM/DRM or a similar system. According to f7c-network.com the reason for the editing has not been clarified yet. Thus it has not been revealed if this possibly had been a misunderstanding or whatever caused the editing of the article.
The Sims 3 is scheduled for release in February 2009.