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The Sims 4 base game will be free to play in just a few weeks

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espite being around since 2014, there must still be some people out there who have not yet bought The Sims 4 – and now they’re in luck.

On September 14, EA announced that the game will be permanently free to play on PC, Mac and consoles.

For those who already have The Sims 4, they won’t be left wanting. They’ll be able to claim the newly released Desert Luxe Kit as a free gift, including themed furniture inspired by the Southwestern deserts.

In addition, EA Play and EA Play Pro members can also get access to bonus content, like the Get To Work and Toddler Stuff expansion packs.

Seeing as The Sims franchise has been around for so long and relies on expansion nowadays, EA likely won’t take too much of a hit from this move. Anyone who gets the free version of The Sims 4 will probably return to buy more DLCs before long anyway.

“We’ve welcomed millions of players to The Sims and watched in awe as they unleashed their imaginations, discovered and connected with ideas, experiences and versions of themselves, both in-game and real life,” said EA in the announcement. “Our community has continued to inspire us with the billions of unique Sims they’ve created, the countless stories they’ve told, and the remarkable builds they’ve designed.

“Our team is more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful The Sims 4 experiences for our players and we will continue to develop and release packs, kits and Sims Delivery Express drops into the foreseeable future.”

You’ll also be able to find out more about the future of The Sims 4 during the Behind The Sims Summit live stream. It takes place on October 18 at 6pm UK time via The Sims YouTube and Twitch channels.

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