Update, 10/21/22: The Sims 4 became free to play on October 18th. This article has been updated to reflect new information.
The Sims 4 is now free to play, according to a press release from the game manufacturer Electronic Arts. The base game is 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 coincided with a special live-stream event hosted by EA dubbed “Behind the Sims Summit,” where the company shared more news about the franchise’s future. Topics at the summit included new content, expansion packs, and new ways to play The Sims 4. Plus a sneak peek at “Project Rene,” the next iteration of the Sims franchise. Check out the entire Behind the Sims Summit below:
In addition to the free-to-play switch, EA gave its long-time players some free goodies. EA Play and EA Play Pro members received copies of the “Get to Work” expansion pack and the “Toddler Stuff” pack when The Sims 4 went into The Play List on October 18th. Plus, everyone who bought a copy of The Sims 4 base game received the new “Desert Luxe” pack free.
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.