Time for another round of patch notes! Today’s patch is released in anticipation of the upcoming Werewolves game patch. Check out the list of bug fixes and new features.

If you have not already updated your game, it is always a good idea to create a backup copy of your saved game data before updating!

New Content

Lunar Cycles: “In total, there are eight phases: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, and Waning Crescent. With default settings, the moon will change each night, but you can change the length of the phases in the Environment section of Game Options. If you want, you can also make a phase permanent or turn off moon effects. ”

Small Telescope: Some people seemed to be under the impression that the original small-house of a telescope was too big? Hm. Anyway, there’s now a much more portable size – just be careful that you don’t accidentally look at a meteor. They are very shy, and they might accidentally crash down onto your sim in their attempt to hide. Death by Meteorite and their respective ghosts have been added to the base game.

Image Credit: Electronic Arts

New Content: A new beard style, the hijab from My Wedding Stories but without the veil, wallpapers, terrain paints, and some variations for rainbow-themed wedding dresses. All images from The Sims team/Electronic Arts.

Bug Fixes & Other changes

Scenarios

  • We’ve made some various improvements to the user interface in the Base Game for Scenarios
    • The Scenarios menu now uses a tile system that shows information about what to start the Scenario with and some possible Story Endings
    • The menu will also now show recommendations for scenarios and show limited time scenarios at the top of the screen.
    • The Scenarios tab in the Live Mode UI has been updated to better showcase actions to pursue in the Scenario
    • Brand new players to The Sims 4 will now see a welcome screen on the Main Menu

Miscellaneous

  • Wolfsbane has been brought to Base Game. You may acquire it through cheats or random plant awards, but this will allow it to be found in the worlds of both The Sims 4 Werewolves as well as the The Sims 4 Vampires.
  • We are formally excited to announce: “Reticulating Splines” is back as a loading tip!

Bug Fixes

The Sims 4

  • Why shouldn’t Sims be able to nap in a bush that’s been… partied in? We couldn’t think of a good reason, so we fixed it! Sweet dreams.
  • The floors will no longer disappear on Low/Medium graphics settings for 2019 16″ MacBook Pro users.
  • It’s a good day for 2019 16″ MacBook Pro users. Potentially more important than the ground not disappearing, the game will also not crash when on Low graphics settings.
  • You know how when you’d make a picture frame black, then change it to another color, and then change your mind and decide that black really was the right option and you’d try to change it back but it wouldn’t go back to black? Well that doesn’t happen anymore! Your indecision is secure!
  • If you looked at the pack preview screenshots on Origin, some of The Sims4 packs had more screenshots than when previewing a pack on the main menu, so we made sure that each pack that had at least four screenshots on Origin also had at least four screenshots in our main menu, because our main menu felt jealous, and now it doesn’t.
  • The ymBody_EF01BusinessSuitMed_WarmGray suit was clipping through itself when a Sim would sit in it. Really, the clipping collected a lot of crumbs and got the suit dirty, so it was a problem that needed fixed. Fancy Sims everywhere rejoice!
  • I’m not very tech-savvy myself, but our engineers fixed an issue where low/medium settings on Retina displays (which I had no clue were a thing) was causing graphical issues on lots.
  • There were some unnecessary blue blocks in the Tutorials section of the Game Options Menu for Xbox, so we got rid of those. They were strange. Strange and blue… and very boxy. Too suspicious for us!
  • 3… 2… 1… blast off! Sometimes Sims were unable to build rocket ships, but that is no longer the case!

Snowy Escape

  • The Proper trait now has text in Russian. No longer will players stare at the icon of a person bowing with no guidance as to what it means!

Spa Day

  • If a Sim aspiring to be a Self-Care Specialist wants to complete the “Hustle” goal, they should be able to! And now they can. The world needs more hustle.
  • Russian and Polish translations for one of the new aspirations were being cut off in UI when you went to select a new Aspiration. Now the tooltips say what they should!

Realm of Magic

  • Already powerful Spellcasters that seemed “stuck” will now receive additional perk points when the XP bar fills to maximum. Need I warn you all that fixing this was probably a bad idea? Does the world really need more powerful Spellcasters? This is how you get magical super villains!
  • We fixed an issue where Spellcasters and Aliens were having children with incomplete genetics data. It sort of makes sense, since they are Aliens, but also it wasn’t a good experience because once that child became a teen, they would be missing pants. And underwear. With no censor grid… So yeah.

Dream Home Decorator

  • When a Sim with level 10 in the Interior Decorator career does a level addition gig, they can now add additional levels, walls, stairs, and delete items on walls.
  • Decorator Sims who attempt to do a Basement Gym Level Addition gig are now able to add basements. Sim afraid of working out underground will not be pleased with this update.
  • The ymTop_GP10JeanJacket will now appear in the catalog as a feminine style choice.

My Wedding Stories

  • Gloves should accessorize a dress, not change it, and for the yfBody_GP11DressBridePrincess dress this is now true! No longer will gloves have an undesirable texture overlay.
  • There once was a magical left-handed ring, that when worn, would replace the texture of any other ring put on the same finger of the opposite hand with its own. This was a dark magic, an evil magic, and so The Sims 4 developers put a stop to it! They said, “No more! Stay on your own finger, foul ring beast!” Now you can wear this ring and another ring on the same finger but opposite hand and they will look different! All is as it should be.
  • Dmaps have been updated for ymBody_GP11SuitFlowing_Red, which pretty much means that it looks less wobbly. Nobody likes a wobbly suit.
  • When you pull the camera in and out for windows windowMISHigh2x1x4_02 and windowMISHigh1x1x3_02, they will now change LoDs as desired. The Laurents won’t be quite so confused now when they come and go from their mansion.
  • That awkward moment when a Sim leans in to kiss while Slow Dancing and fails… well it’s even more awkward now because they’re actually touching and their hands aren’t floating. Or is that less awkward? We aren’t sure.

 

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