The Sims 4

The Sims 4: New Update Coming Soon; Changes Planned for Mac Game Files


SimGuruNick has announced on Twitter that we should be expecting a new update for The Sims 4 for PC and Mac soon. Although he hasn’t specified any details, potential new content or bug fixes that might come with it, he shared information that there are going to be a few changes for how Save Files function for Mac players.

Learn more about the changes coming to The Sims 4 Game Files for Mac players down below:

Hi Simmers,

With the upcoming patch, the location where some of The Sims 4 game files are stored in macOS will change to comply with Apple’s updated notarization requirements.If you haven’t manually modified any game files, you should be able to install the patch and continue playing as normal. For more information on what’s going to change, please, read the FAQ below.

What will this patch do?
Once the patch is downloaded the following actions will take place as part of the install/repair process:

  • Default.iniGraphicsCards.sgr, and GraphicsRules.sgr configuration files will be deleted and new default versions added to the Resources folder within the application bundle.
  • Any pack content (DLC) previously installed will be moved to a new The Sims 4 Packs folder next to the application bundle.

Why are files being moved around? Will this impact my Expansion Packs and/or Mods?

To be compliant with the Notarization requirements the location where certain game files and downloaded content are stored needed to be changed.

  • Expansion Packs should work as expected after this change.
  • Mod files should not be impacted by this change at all.

What if I store my The Sims 4 in an alternate location from the default (external drive, different folder, etc)?

The location of the game app bundle and executables are not affected by these changes, just where pack content is installed.

  • If you move the app bundle location, be sure to move the folder The Sims 4 Packs as well.

Will there be changes to where my game saves are stored?
No, saved games will continue to be stored in your Documents folder at ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/ .

What if I have updated Config files like: Default.ini, GraphicsCards.sgr, GraphicsRules.sgr?
As part of the patch process the location of these files is moving to a new Resources folder within the app bundle.

  • New default versions of these files will be installed in this new location.
  • If you have made local modifications to these files, they will be lost and will need to be reapplied in the new location.

What is notarization? Why now?

Notarization is a new requirement for macOS applications that gives users peace of mind that the software they are installing from outside of Apple’s macOS App Store has been checked and verified to be free of malicious content by Apple. Stricter notarization requirements were recently introduced.

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