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The Sims 4: October 2020 Update Overview

In honour of Hispanic Heritage Month in the US, The Sims Team has released an update adding a variety of Hispanic-inspired Build/Buy objects, CAS additions, and new food recipes.


A total of six new Build/Buy items have been added to the base game, pictured above. Each item comes with a variety of colourful swatches.

  • 1 dining table
  • 1 dining chair
  • 1 decorative pot
  • 1 grill
  • 1 wall mural designed for the shortest wall height
  • 1 outdoor pergola

CAS Additions

There is one new feminine top and one unisex top for adults. Both tops come with a large variety of different designs and patterns. The designs were created by Chicano artist, Mister Cartoon, in his distinctive artistic style.

Mister Cartoon also designed one new unisex top for children in the same colourful patterns and styles as the adults.

Since Mister Cartoon is a tattoo artist, it only made sense to add a new tattoo designed by him to the game as well. The tattoo features an edgy Freezer Bunny design and is enabled for both masculine and feminine Sims in CAS.

NOTE: While not new additions to the game, some existing assets have been updated to be more inclusive. All existing skin tones in the game are now uncompressed by default for a smoother appearance, and two base game African hairstyles have been retextured. The Sims Team says this is just the start of their efforts to further embrace diversity and improve on representation.

New Recipes

In addition to the new objects and CAS items, a total of seven new recipes have been added to the game, inspired by various Latin cuisine from around the world. All the new recipes can be cooked on the new grill that comes with this update (or any grill, for that matter).

  • Choripán
  • Elote
  • Chimi
  • Chicken Chimichurri Skewers
  • Asado
  • Pollo a la Brasa
  • Pinchos

What’s your favourite new addition in today’s update? Let us know in the comments or come chat with us on social media!

Numerous bug fixes were also included in this update. For a full rundown of all the bug fixes, check out the official patch notes here.

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  • I always love getting new recipes. It’s one of my favorite thing about Sims games. I don’t know why. So, that’s probably what I am most excited about. I do wish they had thrown in a new hairstyle or 2 though.

  • I like the new recipes because in the game there’s not much grill foods but I play on console so I have to wait to see the new updates

    • Usually I have to reload the game again after updating because sometimes it “doesn’t take?” And make sure you’re online still when you reload the game. That’s worked for me. I don’t know if they changed the splash image (it updates with each dlc) when you load the game up to show new content. Worse comes to worse try repairing the game.

  • Love the new items added and those that are fixed. I’ve also been thinking a lot about some other items that should be added to the game, it would be pretty cool to be more diverse and explore those with disabilities as well, you know because not everyone is the same we are all different. And for baby items (strollers) it would be nice to take infants and toddlers on walks with the parents. And also idk if this other idea would work but ASL communication too! I just think that would be interesting to work with :)

    • I highly agree with you. They’re constantly trying to make the Sims more and more realistic and the ideas you have are so on point to making it more realistic.

  • I love the objects we got because the colours and patterns, especially the ones with flowers, are really cute and I can see myself using them in certain builds but I’m a little disappointed that they don’t have some normal wood tones like yay they have black and wight but still myself and other simers don’t just use those two colours.

    • Yeah they’re revamping skin tones so it broke custom skins and skin details. It’s a work in progress before they add in the additional skin tones.

  • This update isn’t that much to be excited about when you consider the amount of content that CC creators churn out. Why is this even worthy of a write up?

  • they should honestly just add the new swatches to the already existing shit they’re recycling but that’s none of my business i guess.

  • Hey, maybe anyone can help me out? So i downloaded the patch, i don’t use CC, but all the skins and textures just white and red and huge questionmark, and that all. I can’t use cas, also my other sims are look like this too. I don’t know what to do, and i don’t want to waiting till december for the new patch. :(

  • Question, before the patch update I was having Issues with my bills being only $1.00, I thought this was repaired with the new update, but I noticed it hasn’t. My bills are still $1.00 but I noticed my tax bill is over $600k

  • Hey,

    So I got the update the day it came out automatically. Since then my custom content refuses to show up despite going through the right process. Every time that I’ve enabled the mods option on my game, I save it and then re-start the game as it says to do. After going in to check it says that I haven’t done this even though I have?? In an attempt to fix this I’ve deleted and re-installed all of my mods. Nothing has happened with that. It sounds silly as I can still play the game but I’m getting really frustrated at not having my CC in-game and my Sims looking completely different. :(

    I was wondering if anyone else has had the same problem and if so how did you solve it?

    • I have been having the same issue, and I’m searching desperately for a way to fix it. I wish I could be of any assistance but I’m just as confused.

  • This update literally broke my game. It’s not cc or mods, it’s the update. I’ve tried repairing and my CPU got up to 98% before it failed. I don’t know what to do at this point. I’m so sick of having to rely on outside creators to help fix my game every time the sims team makes an update. It’s ridiculous at this point. I’ve been playing sims since 2008

  • I wonder when they are going to fix that I bought vampires, and it’s installed on my game, but nothing will come up in my game menus:(

  • I wanted a fix for the freaking CC windows and doors issue! The Heritage thing is not bad, but this patch still doesn’t address what for me is the most annoying thing with the last update.

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