EA’s virtual life game The Sims has been in the news recently because the upcoming version doesn’t have some of the features that were present in its predecessors and were loved by many users.  If you weren’t impressed by that change then today’s news would probably put you in a sombre mood. EA announced today that it is ending support for The Sims 2, this particular version was developed by Maxis and released back in 2004.

So what does end of support actually mean? What it means is that EA will no longer provide any new content or make any additional updates to the game. One can’t really blame EA for doing this. The Sims 2 has been around for a decade and EA can’t continue to divert resources and talent towards it when there are other things to do.

EA has been thoughtful enough to issue free upgrades for the game. All those who have a purchased and registered digital copy of The Sims 2 will receive all of the game’s expansion packs for free. They’ll find the Ultimate Collection in their Origin library within the next five days.

The Ultimate Collection contains every single The Sims 2 expansion pack and stuff pack so players who didn’t get them before will have something new to play around with, but the buck stops here. No more updates for The Sims 2.

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