EA Officially Ending Its Sims 2 Support

Electronic Arts will no longer be updating and creating content for The Sims 2.

The company confirmed this today in an FAQ posting to the help section of its website.

“Going forward, EA will no longer be providing any new content or making any additional technical updates to The Sims 2,” said the publisher in a statement.

While the end of support isn’t what one might term unexpected (The Sims 4 is on the horizon, after all), it’s a move that’s still likely to leave many fans of the long-lived disappointed. Hoping to help heal those feelings, the company has, in turn, revealed that it will be giving every customer with a registered digital version of The Sims 2 a free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

“The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection is being given out to any gamer who purchased and registered a digital version of The Sims 2,” said EA. “The Ultimate Collection includes The Sims 2, as well as every single The Sims 2 expansion pack and stuff pack.”

The Sims 2, in total, has been privy to a total of 8 full-fledged expansions since its original 2004 release, as well as 10 stuff packs adding new items for players to purchase and use in-game. Granted, most dedicated Sims 2 fans probably already own the bulk of this content, but it’s still a considerable amount of content to be giving away for free.

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