Spore will release in roughly six months time, according to its creator Will "The Sims" Wright.
"We have the game fully playable at this point and it's in final testing", Wright said yesterday in an interview with Radio 5 Live.
Spore's an ambitious game - which he admits - that's essentially a life sim. Players start off as a single-cell organism and then create their species at every stage of its evolution - from its first steps on land through to tribes then a culture and then finally it's off to explore the galaxy.
"We've had to do a lot of testing to make sure that the game is accessible by a wide group of people", Wright went on to explain.
"I want the people who have played The Sims to be able to play Spore - I don't want it to be some thing just hardcore gamers play."
We'll be looking out for Spore around spring 2008.