As if getting old in real-life wasn’t bad enough new update of EA’s The Sims 4 which brought several new features to the game also came with a bug that rapidly ages toddlers into oldies.
While the problem currently is yet to be patched, the super-fast ageing bug is only affecting players using the “short” and “long” lifespan options for their Sims. Players that play in “normal” setting remain unaffected.
A Twitter user @windyroses_ said that, after playing for ten minutes, “kids are teens and young adults are almost elders”. The age progression also occurred without the typical birthday notifications.
And apart from Sims, even pets were reportedly over-ageing and dying as well.
Another player from the Sims Community website shared their experience with the issue. Stated that the first time they logged in after the update, “every Sim in the world (except vampires) whether active, household, NPC, cat, dog, all aged up at the same time”.
Fortunately, due to the number of reports received, a member of The Sims 4 live operations team, @SimGuruNick on Twitter, was notified and said the game’s development team is aware of the issue and is currently investigating it.
While players wait for EA to fix the issue, the only safe alternative right now is to start a new game temporarily and play on “normal” settings until the super-fast ageing bug has been fixed.