'The Sims' video game returning with free mobile app game

The original, iconic The Sims game is back again, with a new version about to be released on iOS and Android.

Publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has teased a smartphone version of the classic, entitled The Sims Mobile, which is expected to stay true to the PC original that first came out 17 years ago.

Fans eager to take a trip down memory lane will probably be happiest with the price - The Sims Mobile will be free to play.

"Shape your Sims families over multiple generations," says EA.

"When your Sims accomplish their career goals and retire, you'll be rewarded with heirlooms that unlock hobbies and careers for future generations, allowing new Sims to tell deeper stories."

Players are being promised social elements, such as the ability to befriend real-life friends in the game, and host and attend parties.

It's not the first time The Sims has tried to make a move on mobile.

The Sims FreePlay came to iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 between 2011 and 2013, but its success was a far cry from the franchise's previous heights - which also went for The Sims Social, which launched on Facebook in 2011.

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