The Sims 4 will be free to play starting on October 18th, according to a press release from the game manufacturer Electronic Arts. The base game will be free to download and play for PC, Mac, Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.
The switch to a free-to-play model coincides with a special live-stream event hosted by EA dubbed “Behind the Sims Summit,” where the company is expected to share more news about the franchise’s future. Expected topics at the summit include new content, expansion packs, and new ways to play The Sims 4.
In addition to the free-to-play switch, EA is giving its long-time players some free goodies. EA Play and EA Play Pro members will get free copies of the “Get to Work” expansion pack and the “Toddler Stuff” pack when The Sims 4 goes into The Play List on October 18th. Plus, everyone who has bought a copy of The Sims 4 base game will receive the new “Desert Luxe” pack free. Players can download the free stuff pack now, and it will be available until October 17th.
To our longtime Simmers!
Starting today, all players who own The Sims 4 base game can redeem The Sims 4 #DesertLuxeKit for free until October 17!
Simply log into the game & claim your new Kit through the main menu! pic.twitter.com/XtSRyHTf4M
— The Sims (@TheSims) September 14, 2022
The Sims 4 base game is the barebones version of the life simulator. Players receive three neighborhoods (Willow Creek, Oasis Springs, and Newcrest) with dozens of lots to build on and Sim families to play. The base game contains a sizable number of outfits, build-mode items, achievements, aspirations, and job careers for your Sims. Once you’ve exhausted these (and most times before then), players can purchase downloadable content like expansion packs and stuff kits to further enhance their Sims’ lives. Players also have the ability to create and share their own The Sims 4 content.