Electronic Arts’ classic life simulator game The Sims 4 will be free to download starting next month. The game will be free-to-keep forever on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Mac and PC starting on the 18th of October, 2022.
Anyone who already owns The Sims 4 will get the Desert Luxe Kit as a bonus, which consists of new furniture items themed after the Southwestern desert landscape. All that has to be done is to log into the game and claim it from the main menu. Special member-only bundles of The Sims 4 will also become available for EA Play and EA Play Pro subscribers on the 18th of October, with access to certain expansion packs for the base game.
The Sims 4 going free-to-play could be an effort to funnel new players to the game before moving onto a sequel. The life simulator has enjoyed a lengthy lifespan of multiple expansions and content updates, which add new ways to create your own Sims and give them different lives – whether it’s to study in universities or stake vampires to death. The game’s most recent expansion pack allowed players to give their Sims the traditional American high school experience, so they could go to prom, ask classmates out and hang out with friends.
Developer Maxis has assured players that they’re more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful The Sims 4 experiences for players and we will continue to develop and release packs, kits and Sims Delivery Express drops into the foreseeable future.
Maxis and Electronic Arts will be talking about the game’s future in more detail during a special ‘Behind the Sims Summit’ stream on the 18th of October, 2022, the same day the game goes free-to-play.