At the end of last year, the Sims 5 game was announced to the delight of millions of players, who faithfully bought all of the new DLCs and expansions released for it. This version of the system will be much more open than its predecessor in terms of the fact that it will be possible for the public to build without being restricted in any way.
In addition, it has been announced that it is going to be released simultaneously across all platforms, and progress will be transferred between them in real time as well. For example, there was a demonstration of PC and mobile gaming being played simultaneously, but it remains to be seen how this will actually work in practice once it has been tested.
There is also going to be some type of real-time multiplayer online that will take place.
There hasn't been much new information released about the game aside from that. However, the job posting provided by Maxis hinted at the possibility of it being free-to-play.
According to the advertisement for the position of Head of Market and Segment Optimization, the candidate selected will be responsible for managing the pricing of free and paid in-game items within this "free-to-enter" game.
Although the advertisement has since been removed, it was noted by the Sims Community site when it was posted. The term "free-to-enter" has not yet been used in our research, but we can infer that it is in some way a form of "free play", at the very least.
The new head of the department, however, will have to balance between free and paid content in order to keep all those players who have "entered" for free by offering smart prices and balancing free and paid content. The foursome version of the popular life simulator has also been made free to play as a part of the announcement of the new Sims, which brings the number of users to 70 million in total.