This is one of the big announcements of the new school year and comes straight from Electronic Arts studios, The Sims 4 will go free-to-play from mid-October.
[Mis à jour le 14 septembre 2022 à 18h01] The Sims 4 is undoubtedly a must-have game. With its 36 million players worldwide and its good billions of dollars generated, it remains one of the most played and profitable titles of the last decade, knowing that its release dates back to September 2014. Gold mine for Electronic Arts that has provided us with a plethora of DLCs over the years, totaling no less than 12 expansions, 12 game packs, and more than twenty stuff packs. In short, a videogame monument that today is deeply shocked by the announcement of its transition to free-to-play.
It’s a little bomb that EA Games threw on Thursday telling us that The Sims 4 was going to totally become free next October 18th. An announcement ahead of Behind the Sims Summit, the conference entirely dedicated to games and extensions of our nonsense avatars. Specifically, the base game, The Sims 4, will be available for free download at PC and Mac via the Origin or EA App and on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. This announcement is obviously not about the game’s dozen expansion packs, which of course remain optional and paid.
But that’s not all in The Sims 4 news. EA says it wants to “continue to create meaningful new The Sims 4 experiences for our players“and will therefore continue to develop expansion packs, kits and deliveries. Of course, the full future of the game will be unveiled during the Behind The Sims Summit. which will take place on 18 October at 19:00 French time. This event will take the form of a live stream on EA’s YouTube page
For subscribers to EA Play and EA Play Pro, Electronic Arts’ two video game subscription services, the experience will not be the same. Various Sims 4 expansion packs will be available in a playlist starting October 18. For EA Play players, this means access to The Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion Pack, and for EA Play Pro subscribers, access to the same expansion pack plus a Kids Stuff Pack.
The Sims 4 free-to-play transition will happen next October 18th. The game will then be available for free download on PC and Mac through the Origin and EA App, and on the official Playstation and Xbox stores. For all players who already own The Sims 4, EA has offered a small gift during this transition to free-to-play, namely a “Desert Luxe” or Desert Luxe expansion kit. This kit is already available for download and will be completely free until October 17th.