The Sims 4 Is Becoming a Free-to-Play Game

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 9:16 am

Players who have already purchased the game can claim a free content pack.

The Sims 4 was originally released in 2014. The life simulation game allows players to create characters called Sims and guide them through their everyday lives.

Beginning October 18, 2022, The Sims 4 will become a free-to-play game, with the base game becoming free to download on PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, PC, and Mac. While the base game will become free to play, players will still have the option to spend real money on the game’s expansions and item packs.

From September 14, 2022 until October 17, 2022, players who have already purchased the base game of The Sims 4 will be able to collect the “Desert Luxe Kit” as a free gift from the game’s main menu. According to EA’s website, this kit is “inspired by the natural landscape of the Southwestern desert and materials like stone and wood.”

In addition, beginning on October 18, 2022, EA Play and EA Play Pro subscribers will be able to access exclusive bundles of The Sims 4 on the video game subscription service. Specifically, The Sims 4 EA Play Edition will include the base game of The Sims 4 and the game’s Get to Work Expansion Pack, while The Sims 4 EA Play Pro Edition will include the base game of The Sims 4, the game’s Get to Work Expansion Pack and the game’s Toddler Stuff Pack. You can learn more about EA Play in our guide to the service.

On EA’s website, EA spoke about the future of The Sims 4:

“With The Sims 4 going free to play, our team is more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful The Sims 4 experiences for our players and we will continue to develop and release packs, kits and Sims Delivery Express drops into the foreseeable future. We’ll be sharing more about what’s in the works during a special-edition stream, Behind The Sims Summit on October 18, 2022 at 10 am PDT via The Sims YouTube and Twitch channels, also available on demand!”

If you’d like to purchase The Sims 4 before the base game becomes free, the base game is currently available for $19.99 on PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, PC, and Mac. The Sims 4 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

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Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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