EA Ending Support for The Sims 2, But Offering Free Upgrade to Ultimate Collection

No more new content for 2004 game, but if you own a digital copy, you'll be upgraded to the Ultimate Collection for free.

Electronic Arts announced today that it is ending support for 2004 life-simulation game The Sims 2, also revealing that owners of digital copies will be upgraded to the Ultimate Collection at no extra cost.

EA announced the news on its support site today, saying the company will no longer provide any new content for The Sims 2 or release any additional technical updates for the game. Of course, if you encounter an issue with the game, EA isn't turning its back to you. "If you have a problem with your game, you are of course still welcome to contact us here at EA Help," the company said.

As for the free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, anyone who owns a digital copy of The Sims 2 will receive the premium pack for free sometime in the next five days. All you need to do is log in to Origin and visit your My Games library to see the free game.

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, as its name suggests, is an all-encompassing bundle. It includes the main game, as well as every expansion pack for The Sims 2 ever released. If you want to remove the standard Sims 2 from your game library, all you need to do is right-click on the game and select "hide tile."

The next entry in the Sims series is this year's The Sims 4, which comes to PC on September 2.

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deadpen
deadpen

Hey EA, you need to drop support for games more than 2 years old then you can focus on the games you are releasing now so they WORK.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

So, for once, it's better to have owned the digital copy?

divinelite3081
divinelite3081

The Sims 2 has been very consistent with all the custom content I had added and still manages to work but when I played The Sims 3 I had so much content it started taking forever to load or not even load at all, so I just uninstalled and went back to The Sims 2.

Yes I am a hoarder when it comes to custom content, hopefully The Sims 4 can handle all my custom content this time around LOL 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

seriously, if you own this and every expansion for SIMS 2, you DONT need another sims ever again. I mean you dont have enough time in your real life time, to use ALL the stuff in the expansions. Theres like 20 expansion packs. Its like super overkill. Interestingly enough though, even after 20 expansions there isnt that much more content. like furniture etc i mean, you would think there would be THOUSANDS of pieces of furniture and THOUSANDS of different tv's computers and stereos and telephones you could use, but there really isnt. Which is kind of bizarre. You would think with all those expansions it would add thousands of new things to use.. But its really just different areas you can go to and stuff like seasons and pets and new areas etc.


Also use the cheat so they dont grow old in like 25 days. it really is the best Sims by far and the ultimate edition is more content than youll ever need (as far as locations and towns etc and areas to go to.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

That's kind of poo that it is only the digital versions. Sims 3 I bought on Steam just because I fancied it. I also realised that Sims 2 was a better game overall since it actually had a reasonable amount of items in the game before EA went too heavy into the DLC crap. Not to mention it actually works without massive screen tearing unlike Sims 3.

TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

this is the best sims game there is.

thorn3000
thorn3000

yeah, for those who own the digital copy, what about people who own 20 boxed version (base game and expansions) as originally at that time no digital version was being sold?

skyke101
skyke101

this is calm before the storm guys, nothing new

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

EA (Khan)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait, what, EA gave something back to its loyal customers?

Got to give credit when credit is due, Nice work EA.

simsumre
simsumre

So I should go buy Sims 2 and get it upgraded?

blackothh
blackothh

free stuff from ea? no catch? strange........


I guess they are allowed to screw up ever once in a while.

atlassys8
atlassys8

Well done EA anyway. This game is supported longer than most Microsoft's operating systems.

bernard978
bernard978

Letting good older versions die off whilst their newer cash cows get worse.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

EA does something nice. Can't wait for the comments to be filled with torches and pitchforks anyway. 

sakaixx
sakaixx

damn I bought physically those digital downloads is not that well known back in 2004-2006 so anyway I'm not entitled for the stuff right ? hmmmph -.-

brande77
brande77

@FallenOneX No, you on chat with an Origin rep, and they will activate your retail physical game CD key on your Origin account.

Hotmecy
Hotmecy

@divinelite3081 i have the sims 3 and every expansion and stuff pack available and i am also a hoarder when it comes to custom content but what you were experiencing was something known as package/custom content lag and there are programs in place to greatly reduce this without loosing your precious custom content this happens because the default memory that the sims 3 uses is only 2gb for further info check http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/212825.pagehttp://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Package_File_Lag or just type package lag sims 3 and do your own research btw it also has a patch to make it use 4gb instead.

Tekcor
Tekcor

@thorn3000 I'm kind of in your boat. I have the boxed game and most expansions. However, Sims 2 Pets I got digitally - and vowed never to use EA Link again. That one digital purchase was enough for me to get the digital ultimate collection. Pretty odd, but I'm not going to complain.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@homey_d_clown they are giving away old games on origin quite a bit.. usually bad ones no ones wants.. at the moment its one about a unicorn or a donkey or something.. cant remember anyway it keeps popping up when i start origin asking if i want to add it to my games list.. i keep closing it off but it keeps comnig back.. i dont want the game lol



homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

@rollandsmoke 

When it comes to the Sims games you either love them, or you hate them, it depends on the type of gamer that you are.

blackothh
blackothh

@rollandsmoke I played the first one whenever that came out, but it was essentially tools to torture your sim. I lost interest very quick.

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

@JohnMafia When you perpetually do things that ruin a customer's perception of your company, it is hard to overcome that with one good will gesture. 

I mean, Simcity, Simcity Societies, Battlefield 4, online passes, NBA 14 (disaster), exclusive NFL license, Dead Space 3 microtransations, Dungeon Keeper....  That just off the top of my head

seanwil545
seanwil545

@sakaixx 

I was thinking the same thing...what does this mean for physical copies?

Not sure why one version would be chosen over another, unless this has something to do with DRM? 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@brande77 Darn, I was actually excited about a game I didn't own just because of the potential possibilities in the future. Still, a pretty good deal overall.

Mantan911
Mantan911

@Caldrin Peggle. It's a nice game actually. A little popcap casual game is always great.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

@seanwil545 @sakaixx I bought a Physical too but I got it converted to Digital via their Live Chat. I provided pictures of the game case, manual and CD-Keys. 


It was nice of them to do that for me as the physical edition for me was all scratched up over the years.