EA is Ending Support for The Sims 2, Offers Ultimate Collection for Free.

EA have today announced via an FAQ on their official website that they’ll no longer be supporting The Sims 2 with new content updates which might seem like sad news, but EA are offering something to make the news a little more pleasing to the ear. For those who own the digital edition of the game will be upgraded to the Ultimate Collection edition for free.

The Sims 2 launched on Windows PC in 2004 introduced players to a new ageing system which saw players Sims age through six stages of life as well as providing more advanced graphics through a new a 3D graphics engine. The game also debuted on Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 & Xbox a year later which was then followed by a PlayStation Portable release.

Though content updates will be ending, EA have announced that The company will still continue to provide technical support for The Sims sequel. “Going forward, EA will no longer be providing any new content or making any additional technical updates to The Sims 2,” reads the statement from the publisher. “If you have a problem with your game, you are of course still welcome to contact us here at EA Help.

“Everyone who had a digital copy of The Sims 2 will find the Ultimate Collection in their library within the next 5 days. Just log in to Origin and visit your My Games library.”

The free Ultimate Collection upgrade includes a hell of a lot of new content for those who just have the core-game giving players all of the expansions which have been released since the launch in 2004. Over the past 10 years, a total of eight expansions have launched and will all be available to those who have the digital version of the game, for those who don’t know, that includes: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, FreeTime, and Appartment Life. What’s more, the upgrade also includes all 10 “Stuff” packs giving players access to a ton of additional clothing and furniture.

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