In case you don’t know what that means, “ooh be gah” is simply Simlish for “oh very good.” Because we’ve got some very good news for all 90s to 2000s kids. It’s time to make all your childhood dreams come true — The Sims 4 is about to be released for FREE (!!!) real soon!
Is it truly free?
Yes, it’s really going to be free! Electronic Arts (EA) and Maxis, the developers behind the game, made the announcement on their website and social media pages yesterday.
But the catch is: it’s only The Sims 4 Base Game.
The Sims 4: Base Game
A HUGE free update to #TheSims4 is out today! ✨
🤔 Wants & Fears
🏰 Curved Walls
📱 Phone Updates
🪒 Body Hair
💚 Sexual Orientation & more!
Read about ALL the new features including bug fixes in the patch notes: https://t.co/A27Jdej1ZL pic.twitter.com/8jWDFHAFuZ
— The Sims (@TheSims) July 26, 2022
Launched in 2014, The Sims 4: Base Game was met with mixed reviews due to its lack of features in comparison to its predecessor, The Sims 3. However, the game has since gained over 31 million players worldwide. How? With the help of expansion packs.
The Sims 4 and its Extension Packs
High School never has to end with #TheSims4HighSchoolYears 🏫📝🤩
Available now across platforms ✨ https://t.co/XunFDdIVa7 pic.twitter.com/tnywBPHd9o
— The Sims (@TheSims) July 28, 2022
After EA released the game in 2014, developer Maxis followed up with a number of expansion packs to the game in order to add new exciting elements with different themes. You can achieve your Hollywood fame dreams, or spend your life on a remote island, or even live in an alternate supernatural universe where you can be a vampire or a werewolf.
There have been 12 Expansion Packs since the game’s release, and the latest one, High School Years, was released just last July.
Unfortunately, should you want to play these Expansion Packs, you would need to purchase them separately from the free Base Game.
When will Sims 4 be available for free?
More players! More stories! More ways to chaos! ✨
The Sims 4 will be FREE to download across PC/Mac & Consoles on October 18!
More updates to follow during a special Behind The Sims Summit stream: https://t.co/89B3MDdeek pic.twitter.com/W4Gjg3xl75
— The Sims (@TheSims) September 14, 2022
The Sims 4 is currently available now as a paid game. But starting October 18, 2022, it will be available for download on the EA app, Steam, Origin, and Playstation and Xbox systems.
Where will it be available?
Thankfully, the free version is not restricted to PCs. The free The Sims 4 Base Game will be available on several platforms, including PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. So you can install the game on the device of your choice.
Who can avail of the free game?
Rise & Shine! ☀️
Are you ready for a new day & season with The Sims? pic.twitter.com/RjZ4jBeiWZ
— The Sims (@TheSims) June 28, 2022
New players of the game can avail The Sims 4 for free. They simply need to download the base game and install it in their chosen devices.
You should note, however, the following disclaimers from EA: “Additional content requires separate purchase & all base game updates. Applicable platform account, internet connection, and EA account may be required. Age restrictions apply.”
What will happen to those who paid for it before?
To our longtime Simmers!
Starting today, all players who own The Sims 4 base game can redeem The Sims 4 #DesertLuxeKit for free until October 17!
Simply log into the game & claim your new Kit through the main menu! pic.twitter.com/XtSRyHTf4M
— The Sims (@TheSims) September 14, 2022
For those who already purchased the game before October 17, 2022, you will receive a free gift in the form of the Desert Luxe Kit, which you can redeem by simply logging into the game and claiming the kit from the main menu.
On the Desert Luxe Kit, you can get your Sims to enjoy a modern oasis inspired by the natural landscape of the desert and filled with luxurious indoor and outdoor furniture made with materials like stone and wood.
Save the date
Along with the announcement of the game going for free, EA also said that Sim players can find out more about the future of the game and “what’s in the works” for the whole franchise on their Behind The Sims Summit livestream. It will air on October 18, 2022 on The Sims Youtube and Twitch channels.
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