free, release date… We take stock of free-to-play

free, release date… We take stock of free-to-play

The Sims 4: free, release date... We take stock of the free-to-play

One of the most popular games in video game history will soon be totally free. A passage in free-to-play that probably relaunches an already prolific success story.

[Mis à jour le 10 octobre 2022 à 12h55] Over 36 million players, $1 billion in revenue, The Sims 4 is more than a game, it’s an institution. The world of our lovely avatars will soon open its doors to all players after transitioning to free-to-play. A great stir that is also reflected in the arrival of free content for players who already have the game. This discreet launch in mid-October throws a small stone into the puddle, all the more reason to update everything a bit. , free and paid, that accompany this passage of The Sims 4 in free-to-play.

It’s a bit of a bombshell that EA Games dropped this Thursday by telling us that The Sims 4 would totally turn free next October 18. An announcement before the Behind the Sims summit, the conference entirely dedicated to the games and extensions of our incomprehensible avatars. Specifically, the base game, The Sims 4, will be available for free download at PC and Mac via Origin or EA App, and on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Obviously, this announcement does not refer to the game’s dozen expansion packs, which of course remain optional and paid for.

But that’s not all of what’s new in The Sims 4. EA says it wants to “continue to create new and meaningful The Sims 4 experiences for our playersand thus will continue to develop expansion packs, kits, and deliveries. Of course, the entire future of the game will be revealed during the Behind The Sims summit. which will take place on October 18 at 7:00 p.m., French time. This event will take the form of a live stream on EA’s YouTube page.

For subscribers of EA Play and EA Play Pro, Electronic Arts’ two video game subscription services, the experience will not be the same. Various Sims 4 expansion packs will be available in a playlist starting October 18. For EA Play players, this means access to The Sims 4 Get to Work expansion pack. and for EA Play Pro subscribers, access to the same expansion pack plus a toddler accessory pack.

The transition to free-to-play for The Sims 4 will take place on next October 18. Therefore, the game will be available for free download on PC and Mac via the Origin and EA Apps, and on the official Playstation and Xbox stores. For all players who already own The Sims 4, EA has provided a little gift during this transition to free play, namely a “Desert Luxe” or Desert Luxe expansion kit. This kit is now available for download and will be completely free until October 17.

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