The Sims 4 has been the main supported Sims game for quite some time now releasing all the way back in 2014, seven years ago at the time of this writing. It’s natural, then, to wonder if in that time The Sims 4 has gone free to play. It’s a common practice in the games industry these days especially with the game getting as much new paid content as it does. Here’s what you need to know about whether or not you can play The Sims 4 for free.
When Is The Sims 4 Free?
Generally, The Sims 4 costs money to buy. It’s not free to play yet and there isn’t any platform that you can just go and play the game for free, Xbox Game Pass included.
However, The Sims 4 does occasionally do free weekends, and it also is often deeply discounted, sometimes going as low as $5.00 to play. Which, while not free, is not terribly expensive either.
It’s often discounted because The Sims 4 has a ton of DLC to buy and at this point, EA kind of just wants to get you into the ecosystem and hope that you’ll end up having fun and buying the multitude of stuff packs and add-ons.
If you’re looking to buy The Sims 4 as close to free as you can, try and keep an eye on the Origin and Steam pages for the game. Not only do they often have sales, but it’s also the preferred way to play for most fans.
However, EA has just announced that The Sims 4 base game will be free-to-play for everyone, forever beginning Oct. 18, 2022. This includes the console versions of the game as well, and not just the PC version. You just need to wait five more days!
That’s all you need to know about whether or not you can play The Sims 4 for free. Sorry we don’t have a better answer for you, but at least you have your answer nonetheless. For more on everyone’s favorite life-sim management game, check out our list for the best mods that you absolutely need to have. Buying the game and all of the DLC is just the start, you’ll definitely want to add lots of mods as well.
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