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The much anticipated Sims 4 expansion pack, Discover University, is set to be released worldwide on 15 November 2019. The pack will drop as a staggered release across different time zones. Wherever you are in the world, the pack will be released at midnight.
Now, if you were paying attention in geography class in real life and not in The Sims 3, you will know that there are some time zones across the globe that will have their midnight sooner than others.
Thanks to the wonders of technology, that means there is technically a way to get access to your pre-ordered The Sims 4 University expansion earlier than wherever midnight might be where you live.
This can be done using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs are useful for a safer internet experience in general, but it can also be useful in cases like this.
To get The Sims 4 earlier by using a VPN, you must follow the instructions here carefully or risk your account getting banned for breaking some of Origin’s terms of service.
Firstly, you should only do this with games you pre-ordered or for games bought in your region. You risk your account being banned if you try and use a VPN to get “better deals” from other regions.
If you have pre-ordered The Sims 4 Discover University, you can use a VPN for early access. An EA Community manager has previously said on the support forums that this is okay to do.
From the forum answer:
“We won’t take any action if you use a VPN to unlock your locally purchased game earlier. We might not be able to help if you’re having issues -for example if you try to play the MP with the VPN you may have problems- but we won’t chase after people for doing this.”
How to get early access
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1. You need to download a VPN – there are many free options available. Windscribe is a popular option.
2. Once you have installed your VPN, you will need to connect to a network in the appropriate timezone (ie Australia or New Zealand in this case).
3. Once you have connected, you can open Origin and you should be able to access your game earlier.
4. If it doesn’t work, you can try shutting down both origin and your computer. Make sure your computer stays disconnected from the internet at startup and Origin doesn’t auto-launch. Try connecting to the internet and through the VPN again and launch origin via your browser.
You might have to try this a few times to get the download to begin.
Once the download starts and finishes, you need to stay connected to your VPN. Once everything is loaded, you can alt-tab out and disconnect.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.