The Sims 4 already has a date to become a free game

The Sims 4 already has a date to become a free game
The Sims 4. (photo: EA)

In September 2014, EA finally released The Sims 4. This title, which works as a life simulator, and which comes with some tricks, has won the hearts of many gamers of all genres.

However, the history of the franchise is about to change. On your website, EA announced that it has decided to make it a permanent free title. So he followed in the footsteps of Fortnite.

The proposal will come into force on October 18, 2022. After that date, people will be able to download and play The Sims 4 for free at Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Mac, Windows, Playstation 4 Y Playstation 5.

What will happen to gamers who already have the title purchased

If you’re not lucky enough to buy The Sims 4 on October 17, or if you’ve had it for a while, EA will give you a gift to all these people.

Holders of this title are known to receive the Desert Deluxe DLC “completely free”. With this one, you can have many desert themed items from the southwestern United States.

Desert Luxe DLC in The Sims 4. (photo: EA)
Desert Luxe DLC in The Sims 4. (photo: EA)

What it means that The Sims 4 is going free

The Sims is one of the franchises of video game oldest and most beloved. This is not in doubt. For that reason, it seems a bit strange that a company like EA would decide to make it free overnight as a good idea.

Of course, “a gift horse, you don’t have to look its teeth”, as they say. However, one cannot help but think about the strategies that may be behind this corporate move.

It’s no secret that when you want to get the full Sims 4 experience, you’re probably going to have to shell out some serious cash through the famous micropaymentswhich games like Fortnite already implement.

Micropayments in Fortnite.  (photo: IGN)
Micropayments in Fortnite. (photo: IGN)

While The Sims 4 is completely free to download and play starting in October, the real meat of the game is in the DLC (downloadable content). Each complements and extends the title experience, adding holidays, weather, new regions, actions, and building tools.

So it’s likely that, in an effort to promote the sale of this DLC eight years after its initial release, EA wants to go free-to-play.

But there is not nothing to worry. Nobody forces the user to buy anything extra. If you want to enjoy a title based on simulation and construction, you can do it from this October 18 on the platform you want. If he gamer is on a PC or Mac, the title can be found at Origin, EA Store, or Steam.

Micropayments in The Sims 4. (photo: EA)
Micropayments in The Sims 4. (photo: EA)

Coming to The Sims 4 Franchise

According to EA, developer Maxis is “more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful experiences for players, and will continue to develop and release packs, kits, and Sim Delivery Express for the foreseeable future.”

This October 18, the two companies will make a live streaming on platforms like Twitter Y Youtube. Here, they will discuss what’s next for The Sims franchise in the years to come.

The Sims 4 has been out for eight years and now might be a good time to embark on a new experience. However, developer Maxis’ commitment to continue supporting the current title could further propel The Sims 5 into the future at a time that cannot yet be calculated.