The Sims 4 has boomed in popularity in 2020. Earlier this year, the fourth edition of the popular simulation franchise had a reported 30 million players worldwide. The game also celebrated its 20 year anniversary earlier in 2020.
With over six years of content (and counting), it’s no wonder that players are curious about the cost of it all. At the time of writing, The Sims 4 had released nine expansion packs. The most recent expansion being Eco Lifestyle, released in June 2020.
The game’s tenth expansion will be released before the year is over, so expect this tally to increase. But here’s the thing: how much it costs to buy The Sims 4 and all of its expansion is that “it depends”.
The cost of The Sims 4 base game
The base game comes in two editions, standard and The Sims 4 Deluxe Edition.
The cost varies, depending on where you are in the world and whether Origin is running a sale at the time of your purchase. At the time of writing, the base game and The Sims 4 Deluxe Edition was discounted by over 60% on Origin.
It will a also depend on whether you are playing The Sims 4 on PC or console.
On very rare occasions, EA will even make The Sims 4 base game completely free to download. The Deluxe Edition is also included in EA membership subscriptions.
The game also launched on Steam earlier this year, but there were no discounts on the base game purchase this time.
The cost of owning The Sims 4 and all of its expansions also depends on the currency your account is registered in.
In the US, Sims 4 expansion packs cost $39.99 each while in the UK it costs £34.99 if these are purchased on Origin and without any member discounts. In South Africa, expansion packs cost R649.95 each on Origin and R599.95 on Steam.
How much The Sims 4 and all its expansions cost without discounts
There are nine Sims 4 expansion packs currently available for PC, MAC and console. They are: Get to Work, Get Together, City Living, Cats & Dogs, Seasons, Get Famous, Island Living, Discover University, and Eco Lifestyle.
To play any of the expansion packs, you need the base game. The standard edition of The Sims 4 base game costs $40.
For the sake of simplicity, let’s do this calculation in a single currency (USD) and assume you do not have any subscriptions or discounts to apply.
The cost of all The Sims 4 expansions together is US$359,91 (that’s a whopping ZAR 6 065.06 or £280.26).
Buying all of The Sims 4 packs? Build a bundle
There are ways to save costs on Sims 4 packs, though. As mentioned, Origin and Steam will often have sales. Sometimes packs are discounted by up to 50%.
If you are in hurry or you don’t mind a splurge, though, you can also build a bundle. These usually include an expansion pack, game pack and a stuff pack at a discounted price.