Look what we have here, a brand new patch to download!  As always, keep in mind that patches may cause new problems so back up your content in case you need to reinstall.  Here’s the updates for The Sims 3 (v. 1.12), The Sims 3 World Adventures (v. 2.7) and The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff (v. 3.3).  Thanks to Simlicious for the note!

Huge, huge props to GTNS and PajamaRick for finding and providing the direct links to patches:

The Sims 3 Base Game Patch (download appropriate version for your region)

The Sims 3 World Adventures Patch (download appropriate version for your region)

The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff Patch (download appropriate version for your region)

This game update includes:

  • This game update enables dynamic ad serving capabilities in The Sims 3. However, there are no immediate plans to activate any content of this kind. The Sims 3 EULA has further details. See http://www.ea.com/1/product-eulas.
  • Lights placed on residential and community lots will now properly display onto the neighborhood
  • Sims may now walk and stand on bridges
  • Players who play The Sims 3 with game modifications can now create a folder in which to place their game modifications. The folder should be located here:  C:\Documents and Settings\YourComputer\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods
  • When Mods are placed in the official Mod folder, a notification will appear to remind players that Mods are installed.
  • Placing Mod packages into the Mod folder is an officially sanctioned way to bypass assembly signing verification. The Resource.cfg file must be placed in this folder in order for the modifications to work correctly.
  • When Mods are installed that are incompatible, the player will receive a message notifying them of the error.
  • Additional bug fixes to existing features

Edit Town Mode

  • Players may now add, delete, and move residential and community lots from the Edit Town menu
  • Players may now add, delete, and move neighborhood decorative objects from the Edit Town menu
  • Players may now purchase and upgrade neighborhood community lots using the new Real Estate system via the Computer
  • When using the Library in Edit Town, lots will now display their venue type (i.e. Park)

Gameplay Changes

  • Story Progression has been improved to prevent Sims required to complete Opportunities from changing.
  • Sim genetics have been improved so that children now better reflect their parents’ skin tone and hairstyles.
  • Sims can unlock outfit choices and share them with household members when using the “Plan Outfit” interaction on the Dresser.

Build/Buy Mode

  • Players may now use Create a Style on Ceilings or add and delete them when in Build Mode
  • Players may now use Create a Style on the edges of floor tiles
  • When placing walls, rooms, foundations/decks, floor tiles, roofs, pools, fences, and basements the measuring tape tool will display to aid in more precise building.
  • Wall Covering sets can now be found in a tab in Build Mode
  • Players may now manipulate the roof pitch for individual roof sections when in Build Mode
  • Sculptures can be found in a new Sculpture sorting category when in Buy Mode

Create a Sim

  • Players may now use the Tattoo feature to customize Sims when in Create a Sim
  • Players may now select the Fiancé, Girlfriend, and Boyfriend relationship settings when in Create a Sim

UI & Controls

  • The user-interfaces for Sim View and Map View have been merged to provide more control and consistency between the two modes.
  • The Opportunity interface has been improved to clearly outline the fiction, gameplay objectives, rewards, and Opportunity location for all Opportunities and Adventures.

World Adventures

  • Certain Adventures and Opportunities will properly display in the Opportunities Panel when traveling between worlds

Before installing an Update for The Sims 3, an Expansion Pack, or a Stuff Pack, it is a good idea to run through the following checklist to ensure your game continues to work smoothly.

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.

51 COMMENTS

  1. Is that first line sarcastic? It just seems that if it does, maybe you should read through and see all the new features that come with it?

  2. It’s cool how they are letting us have a mod folder and that it gives notifications if a mod has an error.

  3. “Lights placed on residential and community lots will now properly display onto the neighborhood”

    Yes, but what about the walls? Is that fixed too, or do we still have that stupid situation where outdoor lights only light up the foundation walls?

  4. the game work awesome! Better than ever, I made a tatoo, added a new empty lot, fast played, alt+tab-ing then saving – Everything works perfect! 😀 the new event sistem is priceless!

  5. Thanks for posting the links, JudHudson! 😀
    It was actually Anach & Crysill from MATY that first posted them…I just copy/pasted! Gotta give credit where it’s due!

  6. Update is great, and I’m especially glad about the whole lighting thing…except my light still comes to an immediate stop at the lot’s edges. Unless I’m reading the patch notes wrong and that’s not what it fixes? lol

  7. Just tried it myself on a clean install. The lights are still broken. Great work EA! Still, I see you managed to find the time to include a data logging option so that you can spy on our gaming habits…

  8. This is actually such a good update – In game neighbourhood editor – Yay 😛

    @Kolby: You can install the patches before or after – Likely story is that Ambitions will ask you to update anyway if you haven’t done so before installing.

  9. “No, that is meant to show excitement for a patch that actually is useful for a change unlike the past few that were only minor updates ”

    Ah Jud, thanks for clarifying. Just thought that with all the negativity flying around…

    • Surprisingly they haven’t gave me a reason yet to be negative. So far they’ve been doing a decent job. Still mad about the store prices and whatnot but there is nothing I can do to fight that. And as far as I know, they’ve been trying to solve gameplay issues and they have seemed to be listening to the community a bit more.

      I hope they don’t do anything stupid to warrant a rant, I really don’t feel like it to be honest.

  10. I have to admit that EA impressed me with this update, since it’s by far the best one yet.  The new mods folder is easily the best option for me.  It makes CC hassle-free when moving on to a new SP/EP (I haven’t used CC since before installing WA).  I do agree, however, that the lighting issue should seriously be fixed.  I wonder if not enough people are complaining and that that is why EA hasn’t worked on it yet.  Who knows?  I do wonder about the new “data logging” feature in the options menu, though.  You can disable it, but it still makes me curious.  

  11. Which of the above updates are ok for people in Australia to use?…i just downloaded one and it wasn’t the right region…how do i tell which is which?

  12. “I’m not in the loop, so I have to ask. What problems exist with the lights?”

    The lights are suppose to show up if they’re at the edge of the lot and go up walls (The glow). For example, you have a room that has a ceiling up to the second floor (Tall ceiling). If the lights are placed on the first floor in that room the glow should still reach up to the second floor walls. When they broke the glow was stuck to the first floor and it was obvious when your looking at the walls because it stopped at the edge.

    I hope that’s easy to understand, hehe. I confuse myself at times.

    • Erin…I think it may be the one that ends in ‘2’. You may want to run your launcher and look at the very bottom left side corner to see what game version you have and download the one with the proper ending 🙂

  13. @judhudson
    What @Wolfgurl685 said along with the edges of lots. You might notice that light placed down on lots comes to an immediate stop at the lot’s boundaries. Lights placed in the neighbourhood produce light onto lots, but not the other way around. It looks totally ridiculous and the patch notes suggested they fixed that…but they haven’t. For me at least.

  14. When I try to install 1.12.70.006001 ( the very first on the list for Base Game patches) I get right to the end of the download then get a messgae saying “Update Error: Invalid File Found”…
    Any Ideas for how I could get the patch to work?

    • Is that when you are downloading the patch from the official server or when you are installing the patch itself? I had that happen once and it turned out to be a modified .ini file. I thing it was the camera file, but replacing it by the same one found on the CD allowed it to install. May want to check to see if you modded any game files.

  15. When I was installing the patch itself from the link on this page, and I don’t have any modded files at the moment…

  16. Fixed it 🙂 Turns out I was missing a few updates inbetween what i had and the newest one… Installed them and it now works =D

  17. @Michael

    It states that the tattoo feature (amongst other things) are included in the patch. However, those without Ambitions only get a stripped down version of the feature. So, not weird, everyone has it 😉

  18. This game update enables dynamic ad serving capabilities in The Sims 3. However, there are no immediate plans to activate any content of this kind. The Sims 3 EULA has further details.

    wait what… ENABLES DYNAMIC AD SERVINC CAPABILITES, now they’ve done it,
    I don’t want any friggin ADS IN MY GAME!!!

  19. @JohnBigOz

    Note it says “there are no immediate plans to activate any content of this kind”. There isn’t any adverts in the game and they have no plans to currently implement them. If they do, then I guess you can be mad, although personally I don’t really care. Would be kind of cool if the adverts were in Simlish haha, but I guess that would ruin the whole point of them…

  20. I don’t know if this is a glitch or a feature, but at times I can just scroll out into Map view without selecting “Map View” from the UI. I just scroll out, and I can just keep scrolling. Though after actuelly pressing the “Map View” button, everything goes back to normal, and I can’t zoom all the way out. :/
    Weird. May be a glitch with the new edit town features.

  21. I updated a new patch, but don’t have Ambitions. I somehow got tattoo designs and makeup sliders in CAS. I also got new relationship options. I thought they are included in Ambitions only, not a base game with a new patch. I then decided to stop by here to ask questions, but read the features first and was surprised to learn that those are included for a base game. They all look neat and nice!

  22. (C:\Documents and Settings\YourComputer\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods)

    Do I have to put a folder of Mods there instead at Program Files folder like usually? Won’t it be matter? Thanks.

    • It should be placed wherever your ‘The Sims 3’ folder is that houses your screens, videos, custom sims and other misc. files in your Documents folder 🙂

  23. (C:\Documents and Settings\YourComputer\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods)

    Do I have to put a folder of Mods there instead at Program Files folder like usually? Won’t it be matter? Thanks.

  24. @Kat:

    I have exactly the same problem. I don’t understand how you have fixed it though… could somebody please help me… I have always had the same problem and I also have the same problem for Spore.


  25. Kat:

    When I try to install 1.12.70.006001 ( the very first on the list for Base Game patches) I get right to the end of the download then get a messgae saying “Update Error: Invalid File Found”…
    Any Ideas for how I could get the patch to work?

    me same error. please help

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