Just day’s away from the release of SuperNatural, The Sims 3 has issued a patch. Game Update 1.38 is now available for download via the launcher. Here is a run down on what this patch will do:
- New decorative drainpipes, roof cornices, wall patterns, a bookcase, and neighborhood rock objects.
- New Create a Sim controls for ears, nostrils, jaw, and skin color.
- Updated collection journal to track collectables.
- Online Feature Updates:
- Send or receive a surprise gift box to/from your friends! It could contain anything from a chunk of Simoleons to a painting, or even a car!
- Receive an Elixir from Supernatural players containing magical properties that will affect your Sim’s lives!
- New moodlets and socials for Vampires.
- You can now browse a larger selection of our most popular Store content directly in Buy Mode!
Remember to always follow these safety instructions to ensure that nothing goes awry with your game before any patch, adding expansions/stuff packs.
If you have any questions about the below steps, please visit the Technical Support forum on the official Sims 3 community found at this URL: http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/forums/show/10.page
Step 1: Disable Custom Content
Custom Content is all Sims content that did not come from an official The Sims 3 Update, The Sims 3 Store, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack. Custom Content is created by 3rd Party Developers that are not regulated by Electronic Arts or The Sims 3 Development Team and may not work with new updates. Custom Content may cause the game to behave unexpectedly or not function entirely.
To disable your custom content, undo whatever you did to install this content to get your game back into an unmodified state. If you placed it in a Sims 3 directory folder, move it to a new folder that is outside your Sims 3 file directory. Your Sims 3 file directory can be found using the paths listed below:
Windows File Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3
Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/
Once you have installed the official update you may re-enable your custom content. If you experience problems, disable it again until the 3rd party developer updates their content to work with the official Update, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack.
Step 2: Back Up your Save Files
It’s always a good precaution to back up your save files before installing an Expansion Pack, Update, or Stuff Pack. To do this, copy the “.sims3” folders found in the Saves folder onto your desktop or another file directory.
Your Sims 3 Saves folder can be found using the paths listed below:
Windows File Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves
Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/Saves
After the Update is installed, run the game to verify your saves still function correctly.
Step 3: Let the Update Complete Entirely
Updates can sometimes be rather large and may take a while to download and install completely. Cancelling the update before it has completed may cause unexpected problems, so it is always best to let it finish entirely. Do not close the Launcher until you have confirmed the update is completely installed, as this will cancel the update.
To disable your custom content before patching, do the following. Locate your Electronic Arts folder in the documents folder and open it, next locate your MOD’s folder and cut and paste it into a different area or folder outside of your Electronic Arts folder.
After your patch is complete, you may put your MOD’s folder back into your EA folder. If you wish to do so, you can also delete the following cache files at this time also. It just allows your game to refresh with new ones. Socialcache, (if you have Showtime), SimsCompositorcache, CASpartcache, scriptcache, compositorcache and optional Worldcache. DO NOT DELETE ANY OTHER CACHE FILES OTHER THAN THESE ONES, or you can harm your game.