Almost a decade after its launch, The Sims 4 is going to be free. Today, EA announced that the base game – meaning it won’t include the many expansions – will be free to download on October 18 on PC (Origin and Steam), PlayStation, and Xbox.
The news doesn’t seem to impact the pace of updates to the game, which regularly receives new features and expansions; just this year The Sims 4 expanded its sexual orientation options and added a virtual thrift store. EA states that “the team is more dedicated than ever to developing new and meaningful experiences for players, and will continue to develop and release Sims packs, kits, and express deliveries for the foreseeable future.” As part of today’s announcement, the publisher said it will release a “special edition stream” on October 18, airing on both YouTube and Twitch.
Those who already own the game – or buy it before October 17 – will receive a free “Desert Luxe Kit”, with new furniture and other in-game items.