The Sims 4's base game will soon be free to download and play for everyone.
EA and Maxis have announced that The Sims 4 will be free to download for all new players from October 18, 2022. Better yet, that’s across all platforms, including PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
“EA and Maxis have welcomed millions of The Sims players over the years,” said an official announcement. “With The Sims 4 base game going free, the team is more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful experiences for players, and will continue to develop and release packs, Kits and Sims Delivery Express drops into the foreseeable future.”
It sounds as though EA and Maxis have plenty of content lined up for The Sims 4, and that begins with a special-edition stream, Behind The Sims Summit on October 18.
“Players can learn more about what’s in the works during a special-edition stream,” said EA and Maxis. The upcoming stream can be viewed live on The Sims YouTube and Twitch channels at 10 am PDT on October 18.
The Sims 4 was released on September 2, 2014, and has seen 31 million players worldwide since its release. But the game was met with mixed reviews in the early days, with many outlets criticizing a lack of features when compared to The Sims 3. Many, many expansion packs have followed since then.
IGN’s The Sims 4 review gave it 7/10 and said: “The Sims 4 succeeds in being a deep and complex game when it comes to Sim interactions, with lots of entertaining emotional potential. The emotions system and its contextual actions are really strong and added to my investment in my Sims as well as my enjoyment from watching ridiculousness unfold. Plus, excellent building tools make architecture more fun than ever. Overall, it’s a good start to what may eventually be expanded into a great Sims game, but it’s not there yet.”
The Sims 4 going free is likely to inject some more life into the eight-year-old game. Thankfully, existing players won’t miss out, either, as EA and Maxis are giving away the Desert Luxe Kit free to anyone who purchases the game before October 17.
“With the Desert Luxe Kit, Sims can relax in their modern oasis with luxurious indoor and outdoor furniture, inspired by the natural landscape of the Southwestern desert and materials like stone and wood.”
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.