Sims 4 update accidentally adds incest

A Sim wearing glasses stares at the camera with a shocked expression on their face.

picture: EA / Kotaku

earlier this week, The Sims 4 receive a big free update that added curved walls, body hair, and new desires and fears. It also appears to have inadvertently added incestuous relationships. Oh, and humans age a lot faster too. It’s a weird time to be a Sim, that’s for sure.

As discovered by PC gamerreddit and elsewhere, Sim’s 4 Players report that after the July 26 update, some characters in the game are looking for family members. A gamer shared a screenshot of an elderly woman suddenly wanted to start a romantic relationship with her own son. Another player shared a bug report with EA that one of his male Sims wanted this Ask his twin sister to be his girlfriend. In the same support thread, a gamer on Xbox shared a repulsive example of a daughter trying to date her father. Oops!

What’s going on here? Well after some Sim’s 4 Players and modders, the likely problem is the newly added “Want” system seen in older versions sims games. The system gives Sims things to do and achieve and gives players more goals to pursue. However, it appears that a flaw in the system is creating “desires,” which include romantic relationships with everyone, including other family members. One more time, yikes!

Fortunately, EA is aware of the bug. Yesterday, confirmed a developer on Twitter that the team is aware of the incest issue and is “trying to fix it as soon as possible.” EA also reconfirmed that they are working on a solution in a support thread about the error on the official website of the publisher.

In addition to this non-ideal bug, there is another issue that some players are encountering in the Sim’s 4 after the last update is less gross and more existentially devastating.

Players report that characters age quickly. Some people have seen Sims age from little babies to older adults in a matter of minutes. As in the “Family members want to date” situation, EA is also aware of the problem and work on a solution. In the meantime, the company suggests players to stick to the Normal lifespan option to avoid this aging bug. Sims 4 update accidentally adds incest

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