December 2nd- It's time for our Friday Highlights! You can check them out here!

Play The Sims 4 for free beginning October 18th 2022

Comments

  • Ray_TraceRay_Trace Posts: 491 Member
    To me, this was always a logical decision considering that the base game always felt like a shell game anyway and I think would draw in more players with that price, so that entrance fee just became obsolete. Honestly, this should have been way sooner anyway since the bulk of what you pay for in the Sims are the expansions packs.
    A1hnP0t.png
  • logionlogion Posts: 4,470 Member
    edited September 15
    So glad to see that most of us here on the forums don't seem to mind that others are now able to get it for free. Most people on twitter are outraged that this is happening which I suppose is expected from that crowd, but it is beyond me why. It's the base game which is constantly going on sale for $5 multiple timesa year as it is. It's not like the entire game and all of it's DLC is being given away for free.

    I don't really understand that outrage either, I guess if one bought it recently then it might sting a bit that the game is going to be free because they are still very invested in the game. But for me, who bought it in 2014, I don't mind it, I have gotten my hours from it already.

    We will see at the summit what this will mean for the future of the game but right now they gave us the players who already have the game a kit for free so it's a win-win for both.
  • SimburianSimburian Posts: 6,791 Member
    I bought the game and book at full price in 2014 and don't mind a bit if it goes free now. The more supporters who play it the longer the longevity of the game it seems to me.

    I've already tried out the Desert Kit pack and have made a great little house for my Sims in the desert. It's a very nice pack. I like the new windows and door, especially with one window addition to help with putting the curtains up.
  • LyrieLyrie Posts: 764 Member
    edited September 15
    I came in a bit later and did not pick up the game until the Summer of 2017 (After toddlers came it felt right for me to finally get the sims 4) I bought the deluxe version at full price and even with all the -unacceptable at times- glitches and bugs, I've had a lot of fun with this game, so I am not mad about the base game being free, welcome to all the new simmers it may bring for the forums and other places! :)
  • KatAnubisKatAnubis Posts: 3,223 Member
    I bought the game when it first came out, but didn't actually play it until I got a new video card (as TS4, unlike TS3, always crashed before that.) I think it's great that people are going to get the chance to play it. I suspect that they'll buy the DLCs before long. That means there will be more Sims players to get to know! It's a good thing!

    TS4 has been free off and on for quite some time. And it's been $5 for what seems forever. This is a common marketing thing that game companies do to *extend* the life of the game (as opposed to heralding that TS5 is "coming soon.")
  • amjensen1amjensen1 Posts: 2 New Member
    the free kit still says full price in my game, ive had sims 4 since the beginning..
  • simmeroriginsimmerorigin Posts: 585 Member
    edited September 15
    I'm extremely concerned about what this means about Sims further becoming a true live service. Would kill modding.

    This is a great discussion with someone that has a source at EA. The relevant part starts at 27:09. Potentially expect to hear about Sims 5 soon?

    He/him | Simmer since Sims 1 | Wants-based rotational player | My gameplay rules via PleasantSims | Bring back challenge and depth to the Sims: https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/comment/17959464/#Comment_17959464
  • lisasc360lisasc360 Posts: 16,905 Member
    amjensen1 wrote: »
    the free kit still says full price in my game, ive had sims 4 since the beginning..

    @amjensen1, try logging out of Origin if you've been logged for a few days and then back in to see the price change. I've had to do that in order to see it as it was coming up as a pricing error on my Origin... :)

    Hope this helps... :)
  • amjensen1amjensen1 Posts: 2 New Member
    @lisasc360 it doesn't work, just tried it again and still no change.. i struggled to get origin to download the latest update so i have even had it uninstalled and installed again, which didnt work so i downloaded the ea app, that worked, so tried to get the free kit while on the ea app but that didnt work, so i tried to go back and install origin, but still cant get the pack for free..
  • EA_CadeEA_Cade Posts: 3,708 EA Community Manager
    amjensen1 wrote: »
    @lisasc360 it doesn't work, just tried it again and still no change.. i struggled to get origin to download the latest update so i have even had it uninstalled and installed again, which didnt work so i downloaded the ea app, that worked, so tried to get the free kit while on the ea app but that didnt work, so i tried to go back and install origin, but still cant get the pack for free..

    It's possible that there is an issue with your game entitlement on our side, please reach out to us here http://bit.ly/EA_Contact_Us or on Twitter at @EAHelp so we can take a look into this and get it resolved for you.
    Found a Bug? Let us know here. Need account related help? Reach out to an advisor at help.ea.com.

    9alz5vu73pb0.png
  • ClosingracerClosingracer Posts: 37 Member
    Olalla1986 wrote: »
    I think this means that the main profit right now comes from the DLC. You get base game for free, you starting to feel that the experience is a little hollow, so you read about the packs and suddenly you want them all. That’s how it started for me. I got base game on PS4 when it costs 9.99 USD which I considered to be extra cheap at that time. I resisted buying packs for barely 6 months. Now I have almost all of them. From marketing point of view this seems pretty logical move. Especially if the game is going to have a support for a long time.

    Edit: as for the kit I think it could be way of apologizing for the recent patch that locked people out of the game and slower fixes.


    I got the Sims 4 at launch and like its cool for it to be free now. This gets more people interested into the game and gives EA insight to make The sims 5 better or even to make it in the future.


    I play on PC and I just wait for the DLC to be on sale like they always do like within the year of release.
  • ClosingracerClosingracer Posts: 37 Member
    TS1299 wrote: »
    I don't mind it, just I hope that there won't be any microtransactions or subscriptions


    I mean the DLC packs is basically Microtransactions since the start lol.

  • lisasc360lisasc360 Posts: 16,905 Member
    amjensen1 wrote: »
    @lisasc360 it doesn't work, just tried it again and still no change.. i struggled to get origin to download the latest update so i have even had it uninstalled and installed again, which didnt work so i downloaded the ea app, that worked, so tried to get the free kit while on the ea app but that didnt work, so i tried to go back and install origin, but still cant get the pack for free..

    @amjensen1, sorry that you are still having issues with getting the kit to show up as free. Hope you can find a solution over on the AHQ site... :)
  • ncisGibbs02ncisGibbs02 Posts: 1,790 Member
    After thought I have changed my mind and see the benefit of making the game free for all players. The new kit will be accepted.
    I love building in The Sims 4 👷👨🔧💻
  • MsKatieRoseMsKatieRose Posts: 672 Member
    Not surprised. As you need extra game packs that contain stuff that should have been in base game to enjoy the game itself in the first place. Personally speaking, I was hoping to hear more interesting news in this topic as well as some fixes (or easy work arounds) that will help players enjoy continuous gameplay without problems (i.e. glitches, bugs, freezing) that make them want to quit playing.
    Always be your unapologetically and authentic self
  • maggiemae8135maggiemae8135 Posts: 456 Member
    I bought Sims 4 when it first came out but I don't mind that it is coming out for free. As games get older prices tend to go down. If people get it for free and really enjoy it, they will want more dlc for their games. It's a way to get people to try it out and they hope the buyers will enjoy it enough to continue to buy content for it. Good marketing strategy for them. I am sure they are planning to fix the bugs as if people are playing a game, even a free one, and it is filled with game-breaking bugs, the chances of them buying more content would decrease. so fixing the bugs would benefit EA/The Sims 4 even more.
  • catmando830catmando830 Posts: 9,116 Member
    Dejavu - didn't something like this happen in TS3 right before TS4 was announced???

    Not that I would buy TS5 - I've spent enough (too much) money on TS4.
  • ModerateOspreyModerateOsprey Posts: 4,874 Member
    A good thing here, I reckon. I grumble enough when there is something I don't like. I like this.

    Sure the base game is basic, but it is very playable. There is fair amount of hours of absolutely free play to be had. I hope they don't go too full on with in game ads for DLC, etc. I hope most of that is kept to the main screen.

    Some years back, I bought the base Sims 2 for something like a tenner and EA gave me an upgrade to the Ultimate Edition for free. I really like it when I see companies doing this kind of thing.
    Awake.
    Shake dreams from your hair
    My pretty child, my sweet one.
    Choose the day and choose the sign of your day
    The day's divinity....
    The Ghost Song - Jim Morrison
  • VisionAngelVisionAngel Posts: 2 New Member
    I'd like to think that this means we are going to hear something about TS5. To be honest it's about time considering how long TS4 has been out.

    With regard to the base game going free I have no issue with it. And for anyone who was thinking of buying TS4 EA have given people a month's notice which I think is fair enough so people can opt to wait if they want. And as for the free pack - thank you EA, it is a nice goodwill gesture for people who already own the game.
  • BMSOBMSO Posts: 3,264 Member
    edited September 25
    Deleted.
    Post edited by BMSO on
    Bmso85's emporium - mysims4studios

  • elanorbretonelanorbreton Posts: 14,075 Member
    Who cares if it's free now? The base game is ancient lol. I bought it so far in the past it was when I was still living in my woman cave.

    It was nice to get a free kit out of them, but I'd rather have a game I can update without multiple annoyances and bugs that need modding out.
  • BrandontaylorBrandontaylor Posts: 4,441 Member
    I hardly play Sims 4, but I think I might download the free pack since I own the base game already.
  • 12JEREMIA12JEREMIA Posts: 3,139 Member
    *sighing* I... just had a bad feeling!
    My Sims 4 radio station wishlist
    Disco (AKA NuDisco), Latin, Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae

    #RnBForTheSims4 - Wanna help me bring back R&B station to The Sims 4? Please sign the petition here
    He/him or any
    TS4 List of Radio Stations
    sAf5i63.png
  • SimmervilleSimmerville Posts: 10,439 Member
    Welcome to new simmers! :) I don't mind them getting the base game that I paid for, for free. It's 8 years old! Why should I even mind, I had 8 years of fun, and I played for trillions of hours. Dividing what I paid on all those hours, it was practically free for me as well :)
    Simmerville on Youtube | My blog is updated weekly: Simmerville's Sims
    a.jpg
  • kepickepic Posts: 1 New Member
    A few years ago, I bought the sims 4 while on holiday in Eastern Europe, and due to some region lock my game has been stuck in either Polish, Czech or Russian. With this change, will the lock be lifted since there is no longer a price difference?
Sign In or Register to comment.
Return to top