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Community Reactions to The Sims 4 going Free to Play!

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What are your thoughts on the recent news?

The Sims Team recently announced that The Sims 4 Base Game is going free to play in October. The news itself took many players within the community by surprise, with many sharing their thoughts and feelings on social media

What we know right now is that with Base Game will become free to play across all platforms on 18th October 2022. On the same day, The Sims Team will be hosting a The Sims Summit livestream. While details and specifics about this are limited at the moment, we do know that during this we will find out more about what is in the works for The Sims 4 then.

It’s important to note that prior to the official announcement from EA and The Sims Team, that there could be the possibility of players receiving The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff Pack and The Sims 4 Country Kitchen Kit for free in some way. While this is currently unconfirmed by EA, it is speculated that we may see information about this in the future.

However, we know that long-time players of The Sims 4 are able to purchase The Sims 4 Desert Luxe Kit for free until 17th October 2022. It’s still unclear if there will be any additional rewards for long-time players going forward.

After we initially reported and Tweeted the news, players joined us on social media, sharing their opinions and more on the announcement.

Here’s what the community had to say!

I mean…with all the mini kits and packs and everything, this game adopted an in-game purchase strategy so to me it makes sense

Alex De La Loire

this is a smart move from ea bc they know not many people will be content with base game only because it’s so lacklustre so people will buy packs to fill out their game more

giuseppe

I mean its been out for 8 years at this point – people who bought it at full price years ago will have got their moneys worth. To those who just bought it – I feel sorry for you.

BennyBoy_Alpha

It’s no surprise, the Sims has a business model more like a mobile game where the base game is just a base and you buy content for it. They make most of their money from DLC so it makes sense to make the base free as then more people will get it, and then buy DLC.

idk

That’s actually great news. Happy that so many new people will have the access to a new game c: But instead of giving everyone who already owns it the pack & kit for free, I’d prefer to choose. Bc I already own both

sleepybebii

I got the game quite a while back when it was put on free for a limited time. I’m really glad they’re doing this since this is the only way of playing this game ethically after all they’ve done with the packs, kits, unsolved bugs, etc

Un Gatito Mocosito

That’s cool! Excited for a few new members potentially joining the community!

Neve

Overall, there was a real mixture of responses to both our Tweet and the official announcement from While many players aimed to see the positives in welcoming more new players to create their own stories and legacies, there was an element of concern as to where that leaves the future of The Sims franchise as a whole. A number of players also felt disheartened with the news, especially as many are long-time players of The Sims 4

At this moment in time, it is hard to say what we can expect as a community going forward but hopefully with the upcoming The Sims Summit livestream next month, that will answer a number of burning questions that we have!

What do you think of The Sims 4 Base Game becoming Free to Play? Let us know via the poll!

What do you think of The Sims 4 becoming a Free to Play game?

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Krista

Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff. You'll usually find me hanging out in our Discord, in-game or creating articles!