The Sims have been acting in weird ways following the latest update

Sims 4 devs are working on a fix for incest and aging issues

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The Sims 4 developers are currently working on a fix for issues including rapid aging and incest.

Yesterday, it emerged that the latest Sims 4 update included a glitch that takes years off the lives of your virtual characters. Well, things have gone from bad to worse as in addition to speedy aging, the latest patch appears to have accidentally added incestual relationships. It’s safe to say playing The Sims 4 is a strange experience right now.

As reported by Kotaku (opens in new tab), after installing the game’s latest update, which was released on July 26, fans have found that some Sims have become romantically interested in members of their own families. One Reddit user posted a picture of their elderly Sim who, to their horror, suddenly wanted to date her own son. 

why_is_my_sim_getting_a_whim_to_ask_her_own_son from r/thesims

Similarly, a Sims fan recently reported to EA that their virtual character wanted to ask his twin sister to be his girlfriend. On the same bug report forum, another fan wrote: “In the recent update, I made a new save, more to have a new family and fresh start on my sims games. However, this has unfortunately triggered the whim ‘Ask to be Boyfriend.’ Which would be all fine and dandy if she wasn’t thinking about it for her father.”

But fear not, Sims fans, a fix is on the way. The Sims developer has taken to Twitter to confirm that the studio is aware of the unfortunate glitch and to assure fans that it’s working on resolving the issue as soon as possible. It also confirmed that it’s currently tackling the bizarre aging bug. Let’s hope things return to normal in the lives of our virtual pals sooner rather than later.

I just wanted to acknowledge that the Want to date a family member is something we know about, we’ve reproduced ourselves, we’re working on it. We’re looking to get it fixed ASAP, thanks for all the bug reports, we appreciate it. We’re of course working on the aging bug too.July 28, 2022

The July 26 update also added several new features to the base game, most notably new sexual orientation options for your Sims. These can’t be turned off as “LGBTQIA+ identities are a fact of life,” says the dev, “not a toggle to be switched on and off.”

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