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EA ending support for The Sims 2

Publisher is upgrading owners of digital version to Ultimate Collection

EA will no longer provide support for The Sims 2 and is offering registered owners of the digital edition of the game a free upgrade to the Ultimate Collection.

The news was confirmed in an FAQ on EA's website, where the company clarified that although it won't be releasing any new content, it will still provide technical support for the game.

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"Going forward, EA will no longer be providing any new content or making any additional technical updates to The Sims 2," the publisher explained. "If you have a problem with your game, you are of course still welcome to contact us here at EA Help.

"Everyone who had a digital copy of The Sims 2 will find the Ultimate Collection in their library within the next 5 days. Just log in to Origin and visit your My Games library."

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection features the game, in addition to all the expansion packs and stuff packs released since the title's initial launch in 2004.

A total of eight expansion packs were released for The Sims 2, including University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Free Time and Apartment Life. There are around ten stuff packs, which feature smaller content additions such as items, clothes and furniture.

EA has confirmed The Sims 4 release date as September 2, 2014. It has promised major improvements to the latest entry in the popular life sim series.

"The Sims 4 brings all new ways to play with life; powerful new creative tools, all-new Sims with enhanced emotion and intelligence, and a gaming experience where players control the mind, body and heart of their Sims to bring their stories to life like never before," the company says.

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