A Sims 4 bug is causing players’ Sims to age incredibly quickly, skipping birthdays and progressing from a toddler to a senior in mere minutes.
As reported by PC Gamer, a new update that added several features, including the ability to designate Sims’ sexual orientation, also brought with it this bizarre bug.
Only players using the “short” and “long” lifespan options for their Sims appear to be experiencing the super-fast aging, with those on the “normal” setting seemingly unaffected.
Big issue here. I opened up a household and played for about 10 minutes and when I got back to my manage household and everyone is aged up. Kids are teens and Young adults are almost elders. None of their birthdays where coming up. What can I do to fix this? I already saved 🙁
— Lin💗 windy.rose.sims (@windyroses_) July 26, 2022
Twitter user @windyroses_ (above) said that, after ten minutes of playing, “kids are teens and young adults are almost elders”. The age progression happened without the usual birthday notifications, and even pets were reportedly over-aging and dying.
Another player on the Sims Community website shared their experience with the issue. The first time they logged in after the updated, “every Sim in the world (except vampires) whether active, household, NPC, cat, dog, all aged up at the same time”.
Several other reports of the same issue garnered the issue of a member of The Sims 4 live operations team , @SimGuruNick on Twitter, who said the development team is aware of the issue and is currently investigating it.
There isn’t really a safe alternative in the meantime for those playing on the shorter or longer lifespan settings though, meaning the best things these players can do is start a new save temporarily or not play at all until the bug is fixed.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.