The Sims 5 Will Be Free To Play And Able To Coexist With The Sims 4, Confirms EA

The Sims 5, currently codenamed Project Rene, will be free-to-play as shown in the recent Behind the Sims showcases. Here’s what we know so far.

The recent Behind the Sims showcase officially confirmed that the upcoming Sims 5 will be “free-to-download”. This means that players will be able to access the base game for free when it officially launches.

It can be assumed that any expansion packs released after will not be free if EA follows in The Sims 4’s footsteps.

The Sims 5 Will Be Free-to-play

As well as being free-to-play, EA have also assured fans that they can play “without a subscription, without core game purchase, or energy mechanics.” Although this is standard for the Sims, a lot of games are taking this approach in recent years so it’s refreshing to see EA not following suit. 

New Experiences

As for what we can expect from the latest Sims instalment, it will bring “new experiences and content over time.” Additionally, it won’t start with everything you have in The Sims 4″.

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The fifteen minute showcase video that aired yesterday detailed how base game players will experience such things as weather (whereas weather comes in the Seasons expansion pack for The Sims 4) and such features will be built upon with future content.

“It’s a little early to know exactly where we’ll draw the lines,” Sims creative VP Lyndsay Pearson said, “but it’s important for us to lower those barriers to play and give everyone the broadest shared systems because that feels like the best foundation to grow from.”

Early Access

Pearson also touched upon possible “large scale early access options”. However, with the project still in its early days, we can expect this won’t be accessible for a few more years.

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