After just over a month of waiting, fans of The Sims franchise will finally be able to download the fourth game in the main series for free. On September 14th, EA announced that the the Sims 4, the base game, would become free-to-play. Now, users of PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One and PC have free access to the game.
To download, the console user will have to access your device manufacturer’s online storewhile PC users can download The Sims 4 through any gaming platform on which the product is available — Steam or Origin.
The Sims 4 Free, DLCs Cost an iPhone
Speaking from the experience of those who played The Sims 4 base, back at the beginning of the pandemic, you can have a lot of fun without DLCs. But if you really want to have a pet, become a werewolf, vampire or live in an apartment, open your wallet. Bundles of three DLCs are coming out for R$ 190.22.
To explain the extra contents, we need to explain the difference between them. EA offers The Sims 4 expansion packs (more expensive), game packs, stuff packs and kits.
The expansion pack is the most robust, it brings new “mechanics” and experiences, such as pets and seasons. Game packs allow the player to explore missions and new locations. Collections of objects and kits, two different DLCs, focus on bringing content to customize the house or characters (and have the lowest price).
As we showed last month, buying all 57 DLCs of the game costs R$ 4,773.90 — for another R$ 25.10 you buy a 128 GB iPhone SE. The cheapest DLCs cost R$ 29.90. The expansion packs cost BRL 199.90 and, with the exception of the “High School Life Expansion Pack”, all are half price on Steam.
The Sims 4 comes with some free DLC, including the Holiday Party Pack and the Sims Express Delivery, a regular game update in which EA delivers new content.
EA promises news for The Sims 4
Even with the announcement of a new The Sims with multiplayer support (which still cannot be called “The Sims 5”), EA promises that it will continue to work on updates to the free-to-play game.”[…] Our team is more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful experiences in The Sims 4 for gamers and will continue to develop and release Sims Express Packs, Kits and Items in the future.” said EA on its official website. The thinking is that, with The Sims 4 free, new and old players will give the game more “packaging” — after all, in theory, more people will be willing to consume more content.