EA and Maxis have affirmed that “The Sims 4” will be free to play starting in October. This is what you can expect to happen in the future.
In September 2014, EA finally launched The Sims 4, which had been talked about for a long time. This game has won many hearts around the globe because it is like a life simulator. But the story of the series is about to take a different turn. EA said on its website that it has decided to make the game always free to play. So, it has done what Fortnite did.
On October 18, 2022, the plan will go into effect. On that date, anyone can play and download free The Sims 4 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 etc.
What will happen to the people who have already bought the title? EA is giving you a gift if you bought The Sims 4 on October 17 or if you’ve had it for a while. We know that the Desert Luxe Kit DLC will be given “for free” to people who already own the game. With it, you can create a lot of Southwest United States desert-themed things.
What does this mean for The Sims 4?
The Sims is a video game series that has been around for a long time and is loved by gamers. Because of this, it seems strange that a company like EA would decide that making it free-to-play overnight is a good idea.
You don’t see the tusk on a gift horse, of course. But we can’t help but wonder what strategies the company might be hiding behind this move. Everyone knows that if you want to get the most out of The Sims 4, you’ll probably have to spend a lot of money on microtransactions.
From October on, you’ll be able to download and play The Sims 4 for free, but the DLC is where the real fun is. Each adds to and expands on the title experience by adding holiday breaks, weather, new regions, activities, and blueprinting. So, it seems likely that EA made the switch to free-to-play to try to boost sales of this downloadable content after 8 years since it was first released.
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But don’t be afraid. No one is making you buy anything extra. If you want to play a game based on simulation and building, you can start doing so on October 18 on any platform you like. You can find the game on Origin, the EA Store, or Steam if you have a PC or Mac.
What is next for the series?
EA says that the game’s developer, Maxis, “is more committed than ever to giving players new and meaningful experiences” and will keep making and releasing packs, kits, and Sim Delivery Express for a while.
On October 18, both businesses will broadcast live on sites like Twitch and YouTube. Here, they will talk about what’s next for The Sims in the coming years.
The Sims 4 has been available for eight years, so maybe it’s time to try something completely new. Maxis’ commitment to support the existing game might propel The Sims 5 forward.