The Sims 4 Base Game Going Free to Play Indefinitely Next Month

The nearly decade-old title still garners a big fanbase.

Edit: The rumor turned out to be correct and the developers have officially confirmed the news on Twitter. It was announced by The Sims official Twitter handle just recently. The Sims 4 is officially free-to-play for an unlimited time. 

Gamers fond of social-simulation games likely are familiar with The Sims franchise. It has dominated the genre for a few decades by bringing your favorite ideal characters to life in a virtual world. The Sims ecosystem is chock-full of silly moments, serious breakups, and mischiefs in your local Sims neighborhood.

The Sims 4 is the latest rendition and the nearly-decade-old game in The Sims franchise, where gamers can forge their own stories. Everything is possible in the Simsverse, from the characters’ strange custom language to rising Sims from the dead. The game has only grown in popularity and features over the years.

The game initially received criticism for the lack of content and missing features, but they were eventually added through the mostly-paid content packs. The Sims 4 is now an amalgamation of features intertwined together to provide an experience, unlike any other simulation game. 

The title has gone free-to-play for limited times in the past. However, it seems that The Sims 4 is going free-to-play on October 18th for an indefinite time, as officially reported by the popular Instant Gaming storefront.

This decision will make the base game free for all interested consumers. The alluring news was revealed reportedly by close sources to EA. The official announcement is also planned for today.

It is worth noting that only the base game is slating towards being free-to-play. The official expansion packs offered by EA will still stay monetized and cost gamers to purchase. It is an intelligent tactic to ensure that The Sims 4 continue to make profits for the developers through the highly-popular DLCs. 

Going free-to-play will only benefit the title overall. The free-to-play business model will likely attract more newcomers to the game. Moreover, these DLCs eventually become a necessity to keep playing The Sims 4 after having the base game experience to keep the experience rejuvenated. 

The Sims 4 is still alive and thriving with an extensive and dedicated community. EA has made sure to keep the title fresh by offering new updates and additions in the form of official expansion packs. Sims 4, no doubt, provides a time-consuming dopamine-inducing social-simulation experience.

However, the base game can only offer so much. In fact, the main title starts to feel like a demo after playing the entire experience with mods and an official collection of expansion packs. The additional content turns a simple, hearty dinner into a full-course meal by adding the lacking pinch of flair. 

Nonetheless, after years of accumulated expansion packs, The Sims 4 may feel like a bloated mess for newcomers. The title is overloaded with almost never-ending features to discover and experience. The players will not run out of the huge amount of drama, content, stories, and memories The Sims 4 has to offer.

It is advised to take this rumor with a pinch of salt. What are your thoughts about The Sims 4 going free to play next month? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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