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The Sims 4 has been a huge hit for eight years now, with plenty of regular updates full of new stuff and tons of custom content mods from the community. That community is poised to grow even bigger because the game is free to play next month.
As announced by EA, The Sims 4 base game will be a free download on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC via Steam, Origin and the EA launcher from Tuesday 18 October. If you’re an EA Play or EA Play Pro member, you get special editions of the game: EA Play Edition includes the Get To Work expansion pack, while EA Play Pro Edition includes this expansion plus the Toddler Stuff Pack. For everyone else, you get the vanilla game and will have to open your wallet if you want additional content. Some recent additions include the Werewolves Game Pack and the High School Years Expansion Pack.
If you already own the game, don’t worry – EA hasn’t forgotten about your previous purchase. Between now and October 17, all current Sims 4 players can download the Desert Luxe set for free and add southwestern desert-inspired indoor and outdoor decor. It’s meant as a thank you from the developer and will be available to claim from the game’s main menu.
On the same day that The Sims 4 goes free-to-play, EA is holding a Behind The Sims Summit to talk about the future of the series. It will be shown on The Sims’ YouTube and Twitch channels at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, and you can expect teasers for new content to come. EA has promised that it “will continue to develop and release packs, kits and Sims Delivery Express drops for the foreseeable future.”
It will be interesting to see what this free-to-play move does to the popularity of The Sims 4. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout followed suit earlier this year, resulting in a whopping 50 million players giving the game a go .