For those who use Origin’s Download Client, there is a new update available. The full version after update will be Version 18.104.22.1687 – 267159
(Version before Update: 22.214.171.12499 – 261069)
For those who use Origin’s Download Manager, there is a new update available today. The full version after update will be Version 126.96.36.19999 – 261069
(Version before Update: 188.8.131.5292 – 254813)
Not long after EA transformed Origin into a digital only distributor, several Sims 3 games have been removed from the site. The Sims 3 “Plus” & “Deluxe” Games (Base + Expansions) are no longer available for purchase through Origin. In addition to those games, The Sims Medieval and Pirates & Nobles Expansion has also been removed. (Only the Deluxe Edition remains)
It is not clear if EA has just decided to randomly purge these games from their inventory, or if they have discontinued/retired these titles completely. Back in August of 2013, The Sims 3 Katy Perry packs were officially retired, but I believe that had more to do with contractual agreements than purging.
Although these games can no longer be purchased on Origin.com, they can be found at a variety of retailers. Check your local retailers for availability.
Origin has just announced that beginning April 4th, 2014, they will no longer be selling boxed games via Origin. This means that any and all games on Origin.com will not be available in both digital and physical form. They are saying farewell to discs:
Starting April 4th Origin will be going all digital. This means the entire Origin game store will be entirely digital downloads for PC and Mac.
What does this mean for you? If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing. Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit.
But if you’re that 1% who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won’t be able to fulfill that need beginning April 4th. We’ll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads.
Digital is fast and convenient. Origin’s focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible.
Even though EA will cease sales of boxed games via Origin, they will continue production of physical games. Charlie Sinhaseni, PR Manager for Maxis, confirmed this news via Twitter:
@SimsVIP just to clarify, we're still putting out boxed versions of our games, just not through Origin.
— Charlie Sinhaseni (@Charlie_Sin) March 28, 2014
EA’s online store, Origin, have recently announced a new service they are offering to their customers. The are calling it ‘On the House‘ and this new feature allows customers to claim a selected free game or downloadable content (DLC) to download. Unlike Steam’s Free-to-Play weekends where they release a game to download and play for a weekend, Origin’s On the House games remain in your Game Library for good and you are able to download and play however many times you wish. The game is yours!
Origin haven’t released any information on how or when these games will be updated but have said that games ‘can appear and disappear at any time’. So be sure to act fast if something comes along that catches your eye. The game which is currently free is the first entry in EA’s successful Dead Space series which is a single-player, action survival horror title set in space.
For those who use Origin’s Download Manager, there is a new update available today. The full version after update will be Version 184.108.40.20692 – 254813
(Version before Update: 220.127.116.11 – 253443)
For those who use Origin’s Download Manager, there is a new update available today. The full version after update will be Version 18.104.22.168 – 253443
(Version before Update: 22.214.171.124 – 251276)
For those who use Origin’s Download Manager, there is a new update available today. The full version after update will be Version 126.96.36.199 – 251276
(Version before Update: 188.8.131.5262 – 245787)