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EA upgrades all The Sims 2 owners to Ultimate Edition

EA upgrades all The Sims 2 owners to Ultimate Edition

EA has announced that all owners with copies of The Sims 2 in their Origin libraries will receive a free upgrade to the Ultimate Edition, as the company ends support for the ten-year-old title.

Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that it is upgrading all owners of The Sims 2 to the game's Ultimate Collection edition, ahead of its cessation of support for the title.

The follow-up to The Sims, the company's first in what has turned into a long-running and massively successful doll's house simulation franchise, The Sims 2 launched in 2004 and has had no fewer than eight expansion packs and a raft of 'Stuff Packs'. Those who had long abandoned the title may be surprised to hear that, despite the last of these add-ons being launched in 2008, The Sims 2 was still an officially-supported EA title receiving continuous updates to address flaws and bugs.

Its ten-year reign is now coming to an end: EA has confirmed that from this day forward no more patches will be released for The Sims 2. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however: those who would rather stick with what they know than upgrade to a later game in the franchise will be pleased to hear that they can receive a free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition, a new bundling of the title that includes all previously released downloadable content.

The offer is available to anyone who has The Sims 2 in their Origin library. Those who have physical editions of the game that are not registered in Origin are advised to contact EA's customer support as soon as possible to ensure that they too receive the free upgrade.

Details of the offer are available on the official EA website.

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benji2412 17th July 2014, 13:44 Quote
Is there hope yet that they could give everyone with a copy of SimCity a free upgrade to Sim City 4?
fix-the-spade 17th July 2014, 14:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by benji2412
Is there hope yet that they could give everyone with a copy of SimCity a free upgrade to Sim City 4?

Sure, just another eight years and seven months to wait.
schmidtbag 17th July 2014, 15:25 Quote
Not that I'm complaining about free games but I think I'd much rather have free expansions to games I already own than have games given away for free that I may have already bought. I feel people are much less inclined to buy an expansion or DLC than the "root" game. I feel like this idea is much more in EA's interest.
rpsgc 17th July 2014, 19:19 Quote
I certainly didn't expect this, not from EA.
Gareth Halfacree 24th July 2014, 10:27 Quote
EA has apparently decided it's too much work to verify that people have a physical copy of the game, so The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition is now completely free for everyone. Add it to your Origin basket, then use the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS to apply a 100% discount. Not bad, EA, not bad at all.
JaccoW 24th July 2014, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
EA has apparently decided it's too much work to verify that people have a physical copy of the game, so The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition is now completely free for everyone. Add it to your Origin basket, then use the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS to apply a 100% discount. Not bad, EA, not bad at all.
Exactly, I was hanging on the phone, trying to get my copy registered and entered the code while waiting.

They have been kind of courteous. I have had Peggle, Dead Space and Plants vs. Zombies from them as well.
schmidtbag 24th July 2014, 17:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by JaccoW
Exactly, I was hanging on the phone, trying to get my copy registered and entered the code while waiting.

They have been kind of courteous. I have had Peggle, Dead Space and Plants vs. Zombies from them as well.

They're all games they don't make money from anymore and likely never will, but if you hadn't noticed, they're all games that either have expansion packs or sequels to them. It's basically just a marketing ploy for EA to encourage people to buy the newer games. I thought it was pretty strange they gave away BF3 so quickly but I think the idea behind that was "this is an advanced and graphically amazing game, but we have something even better, for a price".
JaccoW 24th July 2014, 17:28 Quote
Well, even if it is cheap marketing. It probably works.
Basic business calculations
Corky42 25th July 2014, 12:24 Quote
It seem EA have gone one step further.
http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/
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Because you’re a passionate The Sims 2 player, we’re making The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection available free of charge to download to your Origin library. To add the game, just follow these steps:

Note, if you already have another version of The Sims 2 installed, make sure you backup your The Sims 2 saves and uninstall your version of The Sims 2, either automatically or manually, before following these directions.

Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code
I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

If you’re already an Origin member, you can also redeem your code online. Just visit the Origin code redemption page and log in to your Origin Account. Then enter I-LOVE-THE-SIMS in the ‘Product Code’ field.

Log into Origin and download and play the game any time you want .

Thanks for being a passionate The Sims fan, and enjoy your copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

This code will available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT.
JohnRogers24 25th July 2014, 18:54 Quote
Just got it for free. Will probably never play it but still.
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