The Sims 4 Active Player Count Spikes After Going Free To Play

A million more life stories are yet to be told through The Sims 4.

The Sims franchise has long loomed over the social-simulation genre in video games, and the nearly decade-old The Sims 4 is arguably the best rendition in the series thus far. The title nails down the accurate yet goofy simulation of modern human life, and hearty stories worth reminiscing are forged in The Sims eco-system.

Electronic Arts recently made a bold decision to make The Sims 4 base game completely free to play on platforms like PC, Macs, and consoles. The already massively popular game has started witnessing a new wave of players joining the Simsverse, making the stable player count of The Sims 4 peak to new horizons.

Major Takeaway:

  • The Sims 4 base game went free to play on October 18th and can be enjoyed on PCs, Macs, and consoles alike without paying a dime.
  • The concurrent player count has seen a massive inflow of new players visiting the game after it went free to play.
  • The all-time-high numerals currently stand at striking 82,393 already in just a few days.

The game’s player base had remained somewhat stagnant in recent years, but that abruptly changed after a new influx of players poured in due to the game going free to play. In just a few days, the concurrent player base has grown immensely and is only expected to rise to new heights in the coming weeks. 

The Steam tracker website, SteamDB, has recorded the rising figures, showing massive improvements in The Sims 4’s active player count. A total of 82,392 new players are living the untold fables of their ideal characters at the same time. The concurrent player growth chart is more unstable than ever in The Sims 4’s lifetime.

The Sims 4 concurrent player count spikes after going free to play.

The players are currently averaging around the 80,000 mark, but that may shift soon as more players discover that the game costs nothing to play now.

Previously, the numbers averaged between 10,000 to 20,000 concurrent players, keeping the active player count stable. The chart has dramatically changed in a few days alone, and more variability is expected in the coming weeks. However, the inconsistency is only good news for the prevalent social-simulation experience.

New and veteran players alike are flowing in to experience the allure of The Sims 4. The game has seen massive improvements and content additions through expansions in the past few years, so there is much to explore. The new players may stick around, and the community will see steady growth soon. 

The Sims 4 has remained popular due to the content creators, the erratic and talented modding community, and the developers continuously releasing DLCs to keep the community engaged.

It is worth mentioning that only the base game has gone free to play; the developers will be able to utilize paid expansions to monetize the game, which has arguably been the primary source of income for the franchise. Most Sims games have released without much content, and the paid DLCs, later on, would include new features.

What are your thoughts about the new resurgence of players pouring into The Sims 4 after it went free to play? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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