This summer season, The Sims Four will cease supporting 32-bit working techniques on PC, and on non-Metal Mac OS machines. The replace is ready for June, and it comes on account of Apple’s plan to part out assist for OpenGL in its transfer to Metal.
For Sims followers who nonetheless are operating older, 32-bit CPUs, that’s robust information – they received’t be capable to see any future updates to The Sims 4, and there received’t be any future bugfixes or tweaks to that model of the game. However, these gamers will nonetheless be capable to play the game because it exists at this time because of a forthcoming Legacy Edition of The Sims 4.
The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will “be made available” (EA doesn’t point out a value, so we assume it’ll be free) to current homeowners of The Sims Four on each PC and Mac, in keeping with a post on the Sims Community forums and EA Help. The Legacy Edition isn’t going to be accessible on the market, however present gamers will get directions from EA on learn how to get hold of their copies when it launches in June this yr.
EA says the Legacy Edition will likely be a separate model of the game from the one gamers are at present operating, so it received’t come as an automated replace. Players must obtain and set up this distinct copy of the game when The Sims Four is up to date to part out 32-bit assist in June.
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While The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will proceed to work on 32-bit techniques, it’s going to be a bit restrictive: In addition to not getting any new content material or updates (just like the delightfully bizarre Strangerville expansion), on-line options like The Gallery, game banners, and social integrations will likely be disabled. You’ll solely be capable to buy extra content material if it was launched a while earlier than the tip of February 2019.
Frustrating although it may be that 32-bit assist is expiring for The Sims 4, it’s frankly fairly spectacular that the game has supported that structure for so long as it has.