The Sims 4: Fixed high school addon “incest bug” with patch


The recent High School Years expansion for The Sims 4 contained a bug that caused family members to develop sexual feelings for other family members, such as wanting to go on a date with them. With a patch, EA has now stopped this behavior, which quickly became known as the “incest bug”.

No more longings for family members

The trigger for the error was the desire and fear system of the simulation, which was reintroduced with the new expansion when it was released at the end of July this year. Because even if entering into a relationship between family members was still not possible as it has always been, the Sims developed feelings (desires) for other family members – such as their own sister or brother – which then could not be satisfied, causing fears developed. So far, the only way for players to prevent this behavior was to manually deactivate the desire and fear system.

The patch also prevents adult Sims from over the game's virtual social bunny app sending inappropriate messages to teen Sims, which was also unintentionally introduced by the expansion.

Aging too fast fixed

Another serious bug where Sims aged much too quickly after character creation or became younger and younger has also been fixed by the patch.

The update is now available for the PC, Mac and Console versions of the game are available.

Patch Notes (PC: 1.90.375.1020/Mac: 1.90.375.1220/Console: 1.62)

  • Sims 4
    • Sims with a short or long Lifespan no longer become younger or age dramatically when leaving Create a Sim.
    • The “Ask to be Girlfriend/Boyfriend” Want now targets appropriate Sims. Adult Sims no longer tag teens in flirtatious Social Bunny posts.
    • All available Sims now can be selected for travel even if they are currently not on the current lot.
  • Get Famous

    • Sims without Fame no longer occasionally appear to have it.
  • High School Years
    • Sims now can walk through the I Was a Teenage Garbage Artist pile of clutter.

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The Sims 4 was released in 2014

Even almost eight years after the release of The Sims 4 on September 4, 2014, the life simulation from Maxis not only receives updates, but also expansions again and again. “High School Years” is now the twelfth expansion of the main game and is sold for 39.99 euros.