The Sims 4: Day One Patch Notes

The Sims 4 has officially released in the United States today, but that’s not the only thing. A day one patch has been released by Maxis to address some issues within the game.

There’s no need to manually update, unless you’ve turned off auto update, as Origin shall do this for you.

Severe Issues / Crashes:

  • Fixed a crash in Build Mode by preventing the game from thinking fences were rooms.
  • Fixed a crash in Create A Sim that could occur after the you lock and unlock your computer.

Bug Fixes / Issues:

  • Fixed an issue with “Shine on Men’s Suit”, “Glitter and Abs”, “Big Hat of Shame”, “Star-Spangled Glasses” and the “Tiki Bar”, not remembering their unlocked state upon reload.
  • Fixed several issues with Sims attempting to go on dates with the Reaper, resulting in non-responsive game states.The Reaper still loves ya baby, he is just too busy to go on a date with every lovelorn Sim that vies for his attention.
  • Fixed several issues where babies were incorrectly hibernating within household inventories resulting in several issues:
    • You can now exit Build Mode when not on your home lot if a baby was incorrectly left in the home lot inventory.
    • Game no longer hangs if you attempt to split a household with a baby on the lot and in the household inventory.
    • Splitting and merging households no longer results in unplayable households due to babies being left in household inventories.
    • Babies are no longer left locked in the household inventory if all the other Sims in the household die.
    • Babies no longer multiply if left in the Household Inventory while editing the lot via Manage Worlds.
  • Fixed an issue where Gallery households that have been merged with another household were preventing Live Mode from loading.
  • Adding a new Sim to a played household via Create A Sim by going from Manage Worlds will now allow you to modify their face and body.
  • Lots with scaled objects (via the shift + [,] cheat) that are shared to the Gallery will now remember their enlarged state for others to enjoy.

Gallery Issues:

  • Fixed an issue where the game would become non-responsive when attempting to save a lot to the your library.


The Sims UK: Gone With The Sims

The Sims UK are launching a new social media sitcom on Monday called ‘Gone With The Sims’. They’ve began to tease us by showing us one of the first Twitter cast members.

Lavely Lavinia, who is a loud perfectionist. is the first character to be announced. Make sure you follow her here.1544354_10152747892034954_8395312023605564642_n

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The Sims 4: The Familar Faces of Willow Creek

SimGuruZephyr has recently shared a new blog post talking about the familiar faces of Willows Creek.

Last month we told you a little bit about the families of Oasis Springs, and now let’s take a look at the families of Willow Creek.

Back in May, we had our first look at the Goths, one of the most well-known couples residing in Willow Creek. Since learning that Mortimer and Bella have returned, many of you have been curious about the fate of their children, Cassandra and Alexander. We all know that our teenage years can be an awkward time, but Cassandra, is a stunner and has obviously followed in her Mother’s genetic footsteps! Let’s not forget about little Alexander; will the youngest child in the family have time to overcome his eerie heritage and live a normal life or will he be another macabre member of the family?


Despite the Goth Family’s fame, the couple with the most buzz has been Bob and Eliza Pancakes. A new couple to The Sims, it looks like they may be the most miserable couple in all of Willow Creek! As you get to know the Pancakes you will have a chance to explore just what’s keeping these two together? Eliza will have plenty of chances to drift away, whether she stays in Willow Creek or wanders over to Oasis Springs. Who knows, Bob might just be happier left alone with his pancake griddle.

Let’s not forget Willow Creek’s love triangle. Free spirit Liberty Lee, cheerful Summer Holiday, and geeky Travis Scott make a pretty unlikely group of friends. At first, it seems like nothing can come between the bond that these three share. Will anyone be happy when this love triangle finally resolves itself?

Now on to one of our favorite and most complicated families, the Spencer-Kim-Lewis household. Keep in mind that with the new emotions that Sims exhibit in The Sims 4, relationships are more complex to manage – and the larger the family, the more challenge there is to be had. Here’s the breakdown: Dennis Kim and Lydia Spencer had a daughter named Alice Spencer-Kim, then they divorced. Their daughter Alice married Eric Lewis and they had their own little girl named Olivia Spencer-Kim-Lewis. Alice, Eric and little Olivia recently moved back in with their parents; Alice’s dad and Eric’s mom. Oh and Vivian Lewis came along too. How can Alice and Eric afford all the new additions to their household? They will definitely have to find the right career! Can they turn around some quick cash before their savings run out or will they find themselves stumbling around once their power gets cut? Hey, no one ever said having a family was easy and with this many mouths to feed, this family definitely isn’t!

We hope these tales of domestic bliss and turmoil have got you excited to jump in to the lives and stories of Willow Creek! We have no doubt you’re already creating intricate plans for these couples and families. Good luck and happy Simming!

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The Sims 4: How To Disable Tutorials

In my hands-on preview of The Sims 4 I mentioned that the tutorial system can be intrusive at times. While there are many new things to learn in The Sims 4, some of us wish to be left to it or not have to deal with tutorials if we ever re-install the game.

SimGuruLyndsay confirmed on Twitter last night that there is an Origin command that can be used to disable in-game tutorials once you’re done with them.

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Use the simple instructions below to disable tutorials:

1) Right click on The Sims 4 in your Origin library and left click on ‘Game Properties’.

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2) Under ‘Command Line Arguments’ enter the following code: ‘–no_tutorial’

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3) Press ‘OK’ and launch The Sims 4! You will no longer have in-game tutorials.

Please note: I don’t have access to The Sims 4 before launch, to demonstrate I added a non-Origin game, renamed it ‘The Sims 4′ and added the box art.

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The Sims 4: Recommended PC System Requirements

EA have released the recommended system requirements for PC users for those who wish to run The Sims 4 at it’s very best.

Recommended Specs

REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.
OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1
PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster
AMD Athlon X4
HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

Keep in mind that if you are a Mac user then The Sims 4 will not be available at launch, however this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Sims 3 on Mac wasn’t a native port, was slow and had problems so waiting for a native port will be worth it in the end – like with SimCity :)

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The Sims 4: Official Launch Trailer

With less than 2 weeks to go until the official launch of The Sims 4, EA have released a brand new trailer to get us hyped up!

If you are unsure about the game or want to know more then check out our in-depth preview of the game with lots of information, screenshots and videos.