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The Sims 4 is coming to Steam: Here’s what we can expect

EA has announced yesterday that they’ll be making available some of their top-selling games on Steam – including The Sims 4.

This partnership will bring a select library of EA’s games plus their subscription service EA Access over to Steam. Before we begin with what this means for The Sims 4 and its packs, let’s briefly just talk about the Steam platform.

Steam, just like Origin, is a web + client platform that allows you to purchase games and launch them using the Steam client program. Similarly to Origin, Steam keeps track of your play hours, achievements and more. This platform also offers a Workshop which lets you upload and download custom mods and creations for various types of games. One of the examples is Cities Skylines’ Steam Workshop which is loaded with custom content and mods that can be easily implemented in-game using Steam.

Now, what does this all mean for The Sims 4?

Currently we don’t have much official information specifically for this game, but we can already set some expectations from EA’s first title that’s already available for pre-order on Steam: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. According to the game page on Steam, you will be needing both Steam + Origin in order to fully activate and play the game:

  • Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: EA on-line activation and Origin client software installation and background use required.
  • Requires 3rd-Party Account: EA Account (Supports Linking to Steam Account)


Although it hasn’t been confirmed just yet, we could expect the same set of requirements for The Sims 4 and its packs as well. New players who would purchase The Sims 4 first via Steam would have to create and link their Origin / EA account in order to play the game. We can also speculate that current The Sims 4 players who own the game on Origin will be able to link their account with Steam – “Supports Linking to Steam Account” –  and have their entire Sims 4 library transferred over to Steam. Still, this is just speculation and we don’t know for sure if this will be the case when the game releases on this platform.

Another useful feature would be Steam’s Workshop that lets you submit and download Mods and Custom Content for various games. This feature hasn’t been confirmed yet for The Sims 4 and we don’t know for sure if it’ll be made available for The Sims 4 after the launch, but an addition like this would bring plenty of possibilities for the entire community.

Using online features such as The Gallery through Steam shouldn’t be a problem considering that Origin would run quietly in the background. The entire Gallery is built on players and their Origin IDs, so we yet have to see if that’s gonna remain the same.

All in all, it’s good to see that The Sims 4 won’t be exclusive to just Origin anymore and that long-time Steam users are going to be able to enjoy the game as well.

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    • I think some people are putting a lot of pressure and hopes for Paralives to be successful, more so than the sims, before it’s final project stage and actually playing it. I expect the project should have several things some players are looking for since they’re getting sending feedback or responses as there is no marketing team holding the strings. I feel that the gurus shouldn’t have the same limitations in TS5 so there wouldn’t be any real direct competition anyways especially if the graphics (and people) aren’t as nice since that is a deciding factor for some people in playing any game indie or not. I’m really wondering what style TS5 will have because I’m quite fond of the prettiness of TS4 worlds.

      • YES, THIS! Paralives isn’t the sims, I’m pretty sure a lot of simmers will be disappointed by how much it will be different and how generic a lot of things will be, it’s a indie game after all, he can’t do everything
        + it will broke a lot of simmers idea that “they don’t do anything for the game” and is everything made lazily.

        • I think the both of them will do well. The game has a very cartoony art style like the sims 4. People fixed that with mods. Paralives also provides alot of the features that was in the sims 3 that was removed in the sims 4. also provides something that is needed in the sims 4 which they seem to neglect. The game needs bunk beds. you would have thought with discover university they would have made them. but it is still not possible. fully customizable items would be great. but the game would probably not be usable on lower quality computers like laptops. I do hope that they make some sort of update and fix this issue. Also we need a fire department.

  • I guess that means EA aren’t dishonest, after all, but how will they ensure code security? We all know what happens to Steam products, upon release.

  • Am I the only one hoping that EA would allow those of us who bought using origin to link our existing game to Steam and add Steam Cloud Save support? Steam workshop support would be nice so I wouldn’t have to worry about manually managing mods as well. Cloud saves would be my biggest want out of the partnership though as I often play on more than one computer and it would be nice to easily continue the same family.

    • I’m hoping for that too, but who knows if its gonna happen, you cant do it in the sims 3 so I think theres like a at least 20% chance