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I have received an email from Origin today and it’s pretty exciting stuff if you own The Sims 2 on Origin. While the game is no longer available to purchase on Origin, if you own the game you have been automatically upgraded to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection!

This is because technical support for the previously available version of The Sims 2 on Origin is ending on the 22nd July 2014.

Dear Origin Gamer, 

Your current version of The Sims 2 will lose technical support on 22 July 2014. We want you to have the most up-to-date version of The Sims 2 in your collection, so you will see a brand new addition to your Origin library: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection!

This is the most up-to-date version of The Sims 2 and the version that is still supported by Origin. It also features a lot more content than you may already have in your current version ofThe Sims 2.

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection will appear in your Origin library automatically. You’ll need to download and install it to your computer to play it.

You’re free to continue playing your existing version of The Sims 2, but please note that it is an older edition of the game that will soon lose technical support. To continue receiving support on your progress of The Sims 2 — including Sims characters, houses, etc. — you will need to transfer your save files of The Sims 2 to the Ultimate Edition. To learn more about backing up your data, please visit:

Once you’ve migrated your Sims’ lives to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, you can better organize your Origin game library by hiding your previous version of The Sims 2. Click on the tile for The Sims 2 in your Game Library for the option to hide it. If you need additional directions, we’ve got you covered.

Thanks for your continuing passion for The Sims.

Anyone who has a Sims 2 game on their Origin, whether it’s the base game or an expansion, will be eligible for this. We expect it to be added to your Origin games library on the 22nd July 🙂

We have reached out to Origin to see if this will be available to purchase for those who don’t own The Sims 2 on Origin.