The Sims 4 is a monetary monster of a game to get into, however it seems to be like EA is making an attempt to make the entry level somewhat smoother. The writer has simply revealed that the bottom game is shedding its price ticket and going free-to-play from October 18.

Hours earlier than the official announcement phrase had already been going round—the game’s Origin retailer web page was already displaying a giant ol’ banner proclaiming “The Sims 4 will be free to play starting October 18.” Instant Gaming additionally managed to get its arms on two screenshots promoting that the bottom game was free, which have been circulating on Twitter for a lot of the day.

It’s value emphasising that it’s simply the bottom game that is turning into free—one thing that has fairly commonly gone on sale for round $5 to $10 for the previous few years now and obtained a everlasting value in the reduction of in April. The primary moneymaker continues to lie in The Sims 4’s numerous enlargement packs, however that is additionally the primary time I can recall that EA has made any of its Sims video games free whereas it was nonetheless present. Those who’ve already given their chilly onerous money away for the bottom game will obtain the Desert Luxe Kit free of charge which is a pleasant contact, however in case you already personal that too then you definitely will not be entitled to any further goodies. That’s legitimate up till October 17, so if for any cause you are feeling spurred to purchase the bottom game, now’s the time to do it.

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I can not assist however speculate on why EA is definitely doing this, particularly when the bottom game is already so persistently low-cost. It positively looks like a good way to lure over curious simmers to check out the game, realise what number of cool gameplay mechanics are locked behind expansions after which hope they drop a couple of dollars on them. Hell, it is principally how I ended up dropping heaps of cash on the game. It may additionally spell a transition in direction of a extra live-service mannequin, drip-feeding content material on a extra seasonal foundation. My copium wish to suppose that it means a Sims 5 announcement is imminent. After all, The Sims 4 is the longest-running entry within the sequence, celebrating its eighth anniversary earlier this month. There’s been a noticeable winding down on bigger packs as of late and with the bottom game so outdated by now, an upcoming sequel announcement simply is smart.

Regardless of the reasoning behind it, I’m positive we’ll discover out quickly sufficient with a stream titled Behind The Sims Summit additionally taking place on October 18. EA says it will be “sharing more about what’s in the works” for the game. That stream will likely be taking place at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST over on The Sims YouTube and Twitch.