The release of The Sims 5 (also known as Project Rene) promises to be historic within the franchise. For the first time in the series, The Sims 5 will be available for free from the day of its release. This news has caused a significant divide within the Simmer community, with some celebrating it while many others lament this decision.
It’s undeniable that The Sims franchise has been marked by success. Although the release of The Sims 4 in 2013 initially frustrated players due to the lack of content, over the years, the game has been polished through successive patches and numerous content expansions. Nearly a decade later, EA made The Sims 4 available for free, encouraging many to give the game another try.
Now, with The Sims 5 on the horizon, many are wondering what it will be like and how it will differ from The Sims 4. In a new episode of Behind The Sims, EA has confirmed that we will be able to access the fifth installment for free without paying an extra penny… for now. Although it seems that EA is still finalizing the details, there are concerns that the game may eventually charge players excessively for essential features.
What are the repercussions of this change for The Sims?
So far, there is little information on how this new free-to-play model will work in The Sims, but EA has already clarified some details. First, the company has pointed out that features like weather will be included in The Sims 5 by default. However, some extras like winter sports or other paid add-ons would be offered.
EA also hints at its goal: to turn The Sims 5 into a multiplayer game. Has EA taken note of the excellent financial results of titles like Genshin Impact and wants to emulate them?