The Sims 4

The Sims 4: New Update! (February 22nd, 2018)

The Sims Team has released a brand new Update for The Sims 4 on PC and Mac!

To download the latest version of The Sims 4, simply open your Origin program and if the game doesn’t update automatically, right click on The Sims 4 and select ”Update”.

In case you have Mods or Custom Content, the game will automatically disable them for you after first launching The Sims 4 after the update. To re-enable all your Mods and Custom Content, select the Settings option in the Menu and select Settings. Under the”Other” section you’ll find the ”Enable Custom Content and Mods” option. Check it and restart your game in order for it to take effect!

Patch Notes

Update: 2/22/2018 – PC / Mac

Hey Simmers,

It’s almost time to pack the bags, grab the bug spray, and journey to the temples in search of adventure! In the meantime, we’ve used a bit of the bug spray ourselves to squash a few…

So… what’s new?
There is a new toddler bed, The Littlest Big Bed, now available for all in the catalog. And, for the adventurous Simmer, you can place this bed into your inventory, allowing you to be ready to put your toddler to sleep at a moment’s notice.

We’ve also added some new traits and powered an old one.

  • Never Weary has been improved. It now actually provides the full benefit of the word “never”.
  • Seldom Sleepy is a new trait for Sims that like to sleep, but just don’t want to sleep that often.
  • Needs No One, Forever Fresh, and Forever Full, are all new and improved versions of their counterparts (Independent, Antiseptic, and Hardly Hungry).

And on to… the General Issues

  • Toddlers can now sleep in tents.
    • Apologies to the parents that were using that as an excuse to find peace in the woods.
  • Costume selections for the Incognito Costume Party now include more possible selections.
  • Computers will no longer disappear when a Sim attempts to use the “Extract Fossil” interaction.
    • Yep, there was a chance the computer would fade out of existence.
  • Solid doors will no longer let light pass through them.
  • We addressed an issue with some of the roof patterns appearing stretched when placed on the newer roof types.
  • Vegetable Casserole will now be referred to as Vegetable Casserole, and not Tofu Casserole.
    • Because Tofu are friends, not food.
  • The Over-Achiever achievement will now complete with any 5 Aspirations.
  • We fixed an issue with cfHair_BraidedPonyTail that was causing seam lines to appear on the face and neck of female children.
    • It was quite unseemly.
  • Sims will be less likely to auto-choose a tent to nap within when their energy is low.
    • Basically, they were always choosing a tent regardless of what other sleeping options were present.

Get To Work

  • Baking recipes that called for Blueberries, have been updated to now ask for Blackberries… since there aren’t any blueberries…
  • Detectives will no longer route to and open the wrong cell after choosing to lock a criminal in their cell. The changes made now require that…
    • The player clicks on a cell and chooses the criminal to lock away.
    • And the player clicks on the criminal in order to release them.

City Living

  • The yfBottom_EP03SkinnyJeans are now sorted in the Skin Tight category.
  • Sims will now be more likely to purchase items from the craft sales table during a yard sale.
  • We fixed a crash that could occur if a yard sale was started after the Sim chose to initiate a vacation.

Cats & Dogs

  • We fixed an issue that could cause pets placed from the Gallery to have missing textures once in game.
  • Pets in labor will no longer attempt to stand upright, causing them to distort in their portrait images.
    • It was scary… animal rights groups were greatly concerned.

Dine Out

  • Customers will now appropriately leave the restaurant if the Host Sim has left the lot.
    • You’re still here? It’s over. Go home. Go.


  • Vampires will no longer get burned by the sun when underground.
  • The Dead Hawthorn Tree can now be placed above basements.
  • Vampire offspring relationship status will no longer be forgotten as a result of the Vampire Sim not having built any relationship with their offspring before turning them.
    • It’s true. I mean, how often do you get to know your sire, prior to being bitten? Usually it’s a quick bite on the way to the office… just a little snack before bedtime… never really any time to ask the important questions.
  • As a result of night starting earlier in Windenburg, vampires can now go out earlier, and not get burned, in Windenburg too!
  • Facial details for a vampire sim’s dark form should no longer reset to their default settings after initially editing and then re-entering Create a Sim.
  • Spider webs, cracks, holes in the wall, and various other wall decals will no longer charge you 5 Simoleons for turning your residence into a dump…
    • …and by dump, I mean a properly decorated abode eliciting a specific mood or feeling as a result of the addition of eclectic wall decals.
  • For purposes of recipes that request a fruit, it should be noted that garlic is not a fruit.
  • Vlad now has level 15 Vampire Lore.
    • As the writer of this release note, it should be noted that I disagree with this change on the grounds that as a human, I would say my human lore is pretty low. I’m sure Vlad was there for all of vampiric history, but was he really aware of it all… I think a solid 11 or 12 lore tops. But we can save the debate for another time.


  • Changing outfits will no longer remove a teens acne.
    • Sorry teens.
  • The yfTop_GP05JacketSporty no longer causes a strong shadow to appear along the waist line when paired with various shorts in Create a Sim.
  • Sims with maxed manners will no longer queue up wash dishes repeatedly.
    • Dang it… does this mean I have to wash my own dishes now?

Thank you kindly for your time, your feedback, and your attention,

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  • I don’t know if its because of the new update or if its just my computer or some cc, but after being updated when I try open The Sims 4 on Origin it will do nothing for a few seconds and then go back to the screen on origin where you click to play The Sims. Please help me as I’m worried my files have gone as well as it says 0 hours played and Not Played Recently even though I play it a lot. Thanks x

  • Please add different types of stairs IE: Ladders, Spiral split level, Landings, Curved and double curved please. getting tired of having to adapt my builds to clunky straight stairs

    • You should definitely post this on the official forums, as this is a fan site and the chances of a SimGuru seeing this aren’t very high. You can also tweet to specific gurus, but I’m pretty sure they know how bad we want staircases (at least).

  • Sorry to be the downer guys, but is it just me that has an issue with the movie hangout table? My friend and I have been ranting about it to each other for ages, it’s the one with the pattern- it won’t change to different swatches. If you could fix this it would be really cool, thanks for an amazing game!

  • I just updated my game and the simology tab is bugging out, it goes all white and all the green bars that show progress in the children/teens manners etc don’t appear along with the age one. If this is happening to anyone else but they have fixed it please tell me.

    • Hey, the simology tab wasnt working for me either. I removed all my mods and it fixed it. You might want to check your mods if you havent already.

  • I think the newest update broke my game. Unlike Siobhan, I can actually get onto the title screen, but when I go into the game options, only the graphics tab is displayed, with no actual options appearing to change the graphics settings.
    Hitting play and selecting my save just puts me on a loading screen that doesn’t end, and I can’t exit the game through any means besides restarting my computer. I hit play, browsed the internet, watched Twin Peaks, and checked back, and it was still loading. It’s even loading as I type this. What happened???

    • This is the exact problem I’m having !! Only the graphics tab appears and when I click to load game the screen goes a shade darker and then freezes !!
      Have you had any luck fixing it ?

    • Be sure you’re actually reporting the bug to the sims team. This is a fan site, so your bug reports are just being shared with other players.

      The official forums have a section for reporting bugs..

  • The table with the runner on it from movie night stuff won’t change colour. I noticed lilsimsie had this problem too on stream, hopefully it’ll be fixed in an upcoming patch

  • That table with the runner has been broken since November. Even worse is that this patch broke a lot more things now.

  • I have been haveing problems with my origin, it would not update and in one update it deleted, now what are my sims going to do! Is there anything I can do to stop this?

  • could you please update cats and dogs so that it is like the sims 3 and you can control your pets, also I would love it even more if you added horses back to the pets expansion or make a horse expansions pack

  • The new update is awful. I can no longer play my game. My sims now just sit there when doing actions. I am so mad. The game is not frozen because everything else is still moving but my sims are not

  • please help in cas it doesent let me make women only men wiuth feminine and masculine body the buttons are glitched and cut out and i cant click on them help

  • okay for the sims 4 There are alot of issues I’ve found. but really there are 2 huge issues.

    1. Too many packs, with not enough stuff included. i dont want to buy just a parenthood expansion plus a separate pack for toddlers. Things that go hand and hand should be put together. and easier to find to buy.

    2. Why are we missing the MOST important thing for the sims… SEASONS. why are we going on some adventure with no weather, no heat nothing?

    This is actually making me kinda mad, its like they dont care about the user experience just making money. THAT WHY the opening of the sims 4 back in 2014 was sooo BAD… dont fix whats not broken, Sim 3 wasnt broken.

  • Is it only me that is having trouble with the game after the latest update?
    My sim will just stand there and do nothing for up to 5 min in real time, and the time will stand still even though my game is not paused. And if my sims is doing something will the time is fucked up he just keeps doing it, like bathing the dog for 3-4 straight minutes in real time! super annoying that I can’ t play the game as normal before the update >:(