The Sims 4 is going permanently free to play

The Sims 4 is going free-to-play starting next month.

The game's official account tweeted earlier today to say that  

"The Sims 4 will be free to download across PC/Mac & consoles on October 18" 

and that "more updates" would follow during a special Summit Stream,  

which will take place on October 18 at 10:00 PT/ 13:00 ET/ 18:00 BST. 

To celebrate, the developers confirmed that "starting today, 

all players who own The Sims 4 base game can redeem The Sims 4 Desert Luxe Kit for free until October 17.