The Sims 4 News

Celebrate 5 years of The Sims 4 with the latest patch!

The Sims 4 Realm of Magic is launching next week, and you know what this means: a brand new patch to prepare for the new content! Configurable stairs finally arrived for The Sims 4, meaning you can finally make L-shaped stairs (and more) if you want to.

Muslim inspired CAS & more Freebies

Time flies when you’re having fun! Can you believe The Sims 4 turned five years old already? Well, you better believe it, as EA is celebrating this anniversary by giving us some cool new goodies in the new free update for The Sims 4, such as a cool new patio set including a lounge chair. Make sure to update your game to receive the celebratory items.

Some of the items are highly inspired by muslim culture, welcoming even more diversity into the game. Players can now give their Sims a hijab or kufi and dress them with one of the new modest clothing options. Maxis worked together with a fashion designer & consultant and the results are stunning. 

Watch our complete Overview of the September Patch!

Read the official blog about the 5th Anniversary


Happy 5th anniversary, The Sims™ 4 players! We’ve been through so much as a community and, really, we want to thank you for your continued support. You’re an inspiration to everyone who works on The Sims, and we feel lucky to have such a passionate worldwide community. It’s because of this that we’re so excited to share a commemorative update featuring patio furniture, configurable stairs, and clothing and objects inspired by Muslim culture. To get some insider info on the… Read more

Read the official Patch Notes

UPDATE: 9/5/2019 – PC / Mac

Welcome simmers and aspiring spellcasters alike! While we wait a few more short days for Realm of Magic to release, you can pass the time with this fun update. Read on and you’ll find details of a long-requested Build feature that’s been added to the game. There’s also a whole bunch of new clothing and objects, both in recognition of The Sims 4’s 5th anniversary, as well as making even more simmers from around the world feel welcome within the game. And as always, a number of important issues have been addressed to make your experience that much better.


Configurable Stairs

There’s magic in the air, and the candle summoning circles you’ve been sending us via Twitter in an effort to will new types of stairs into existence has worked! Configurable stairs have been added to the game, giving you the ability to create stairs that are L-shaped, U-shaped, and more! Excited to try them out? Simply place any set of stairs down in build mode, and you’ll notice a new widget that appears… it’s a box with two arrows attached to it. Grab onto that with your cursor and drag, and suddenly your stairs will be bent 90º! Keep dragging, and the stairs will bend 180º. Once you’ve bent your stairs, you’ll see another two widgets appear. A diagonal arrow above the newly-added landing will let you adjust the height of the landing within the staircase. A curved arrow at the base of the stairs will allow you to continue to rotate the direction of the stairs beneath the landing. For times when a single landing just isn’t enough, you can keep adding additional bends to your stairs–as long as they’re tall enough to have room for another one. I think that just about covers the basics; so get in there and try it out, experiment, and create some amazing new builds!

5th Anniversary

It’s already been five years since The Sims 4 released; whew–time flies when you’re simming! In celebration of this milestone, we’ve added a set of end-of-summer content so that your Sims can join in the festivities. Invite some friends and family over, fire up the grill, and enjoy a backyard get together with this new content. (FYI – the new stilted foundation is perfect for creating a backyard deck!) You’ll even spot some patterns with nods to famous icons of The Sims…

New Clothing

  • Men’s Long Blazer
  • Woman’s Summer Party Full Body Outfit
  • Boy’s Polo Rugby Top
  • Girl’s Knee-Length Leggings

New Build Content

  • Fence: “Fence”
  • Railing: “Stair Railing”
  • Stair: “Stairs”
  • Foundation: “Stilt Foundation”
  • Foundation: “Canvas”

New Objects

  • Light: “Outdoor Ground Light”
  • Plant: “Plant Potted Floor”
  • Living Chair: “Outdoor Seat”
  • Lounge Chair: “Outdoor Lounger”
  • Dining Table: “Outdoor Table”
  • End Table: “Outdoor End Table”
  • Pedestal: “Upside Down Gnome Decor”

Muslim-Inspired Clothing and Architecture

To help even more of our players express themselves and create Sims that are relevant to their everyday lives, we’ve introduced a set of Muslim-inspired clothing and architecture.

New Clothing


  • Hijab
  • Belted Dress
  • Jacket with Long Skirt
  • Modest Athletic Wear / Swimsuit
  • Athletic Hijab


  • Knitted Kufi
  • Buttoned Shirt


  • Girl’s Pleated Dress
  • Boy’s Buttoned Shirt

New Build Content

  • Window: “Window 1 Wide Version Angular”
  • Window: “Window 1 Wide Version Rectangular”
  • Window: “Window 2 Wide Version Angular”
  • Door: “Door 1 Wide”
  • Door: “Door 2 Wide”
  • Arch: “Arch Door”
  • Arch: “Arch E”
  • Tile Wall Pattern: “2 Tone Wall Without Wainscoting or Trim”


General Issues

  • Basements will not create irremovable flooring between levels.
  • Fixed an issue where Tattoos and Skin Details did not apply on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue that caused weighting for names, clothing, facial features, and skin tones to skew heavily in specific directions if City Living or Island Living were installed.
  • Solved the problem where showers were playing a sound even after deleted.
    • Spooookkyy.
  • Solved an issue where skin details vanish after randomizing traits, voice, or clothing.
  • Toddlers now learned how to drink from sippy cups again. Not sure why they were so resistant in the first place; those things are great!
  • Sims have regained the ability to gradually fill empty homes!
    • That is…if the option for it is enabled.
    • If you want Sims to fill empty homes, go to Game Options -> Gameplay -> and check the “Fill Empty Homes” option.
  • Photo frames will now persist when downloaded from the gallery.
  • Fixed an issue where when using the console cheat window the screen would go black.
  • Fixed various save load issues when loading specific households.
  • Sims are now able to drown again if you do not have Island Living installed! How were we able to survive without this? Either way, back to drowning!
  • Certain households will no longer randomly change into nude outfits.
  • Facebook functionality has been retired.
  • Friezes can now be applied to individual sides of lower height walls when holding the shift key.
  • Floor trims on exterior walls will no longer be cut away when a staircase is placed adjacent to the trim on the interior side of the wall.
  • Fixed a couple of layering issues with tight pants and boots.
  • Re tuned the values for comfort, decor, fun, hygiene, comfort on several objects.
  • Fixed various typos.
  • Fixed various other small issues.

City Living

  • Teen Sims that are Unflirty can now make out with other teens.

Cats and Dogs

  • When putting your cuddly friends up for adoption you will no longer be faced with inaccessible UI.
  • Now your pets will be able to fully complete obstacle courses with Stand Platforms.


  • Fixed a visual issue with fountain decorations being placed next to a pool.

Get Famous

  • Skills/Tasks are now displayed for every gig and audition in the career panel.
  • Certain auditions will stop being spammed in the gigs panel.
    • They were reaaaallly desperate for talent.
  • Teen Sims can no longer run romantic socials with celebrities.

Island Living

  • Fixed an issue where seashells liked to stack on top of each other. Not sure why these pesky seashells were so insistent.
  • Fishing in Sulani now counts towards the “Fish in 3 Spots” Goal.
  • Players now have the ability to trigger volcanic eruptions with cheats: volcanic_eruption small and volcanic_eruption large!
  • Children can now drown.
  • Sims can now drown while riding an Aqua Zip!
  • Island counters have been added to your Build catalog!


  • Fixed an issue where Vampires were exhibiting their old weaknesses even though they were not applied.

Moschino Stuff

  • Portrait oriented photos that are submitted are now returned. Those greedy agencies, always trying to steal people’s work.
  • Fixed some photo approval issues for the Photography Career.
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