Like many people, I have fond memories of my addiction The Sims. My game of choice was The Sims 2but I was busy too The Sims 3 for time. I somehow got out of this habit before The Sims 4 dropped in 2014 and hasn’t played much of the franchise since. However, it looks like EA may have taken me back as The Sims 4 is now permanently free to play.
EA announced the news last monthannouncing that they would make the most recent entry in their Sims catalog completely free since last Tuesday. This is not a trial period: you can download and play the main game without spending a penny. This is a nice, if not shocking, development; Sims the fans blew up the game before kick-off, as it lacked content found in previous entries, and while the downloadable content added many old and new features, some felt the base game was never worth the full price. somehow The Sims 4 is made to be a free-to-play game, with the option to add via expansion and game packs.
Of course, some of us they have paid for The Sims 4 anymore, and EA doesn’t want to leave you hanging out to dry. If you’re an EA Play or EA Play Pro member, you’ll get special upgrades for The Sims 4. The EA Play Edition of the game includes Get to Work Expansion Packwhile EA Play Pro Edition includes both it and A set of things for small children good
To be clear, this is the main game of The Sims 4. As long as this is enough Sims to get started, you’ll experience just a fraction of what EA has to offer. True with The Sims formula, EA developed expansion packs to complement the gameplay with additional furniture, clothes, pets, situations, storylines, weather and much more. Expansion packs include:
- Cats and dogs
- City life
- Villa for living
- Discover the university
- Eco lifestyle
- Become famous
- Get yourself together
- Get to work
- High school years
- Island life
- Snow getaway
There are also twelve game packs that are more gradual upgrades to your game than expansion packs:
- I have dinner out
- A dream home decorator
- Adventure in the jungle
- My wedding stories
- Outdoor shelter
- The kingdom of magic
- Spa day
- Star Wars: Journey to Batuu
By opening The Sims 4 free-for-all, EA will earn itself a pool of potential customers for these expansions and game packs (ah, there’s the other shoe). Of course, maybe never I intend to to spend a penny on the game, but maybe you want to see the seasons as you play, or add restaurants to your experience, or send your sim to high school. Suddenly you’re hundreds of dollars (and hours) deep. Classic Sims.
How to download and play The Sims 4 for free
Chances are you own something that can play The Sims 4. The game is available for PC, Mac, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One.
On both Mac and PC go to EA’s website for The Sims 4 here. Hover over the blue “Play for Free” button in the top right, then select “EA app for Windows,” “Origin for Mac,” or “Steam.” If you choose one of the first two options, you’ll need to scroll down, click the appropriate link for your computer (the EA App for Windows and Origin for Mac), then install and open the program.
At this time, The Sims 4 on Steam is only available for Windows. You can play The Sims 4 directly from Steam without the need to download the game first.