Sims 4 confirms altered lifespans for Sims

The Sims 4 has confirmed that lifespan lengths have been altered, following the most recent base game update.

A number of Simmers originally noticed last week that their Sims were aging up at a slower rate than before. This observation went under the radar at the time, as it was overshadowed by a significant bug that saw Sims instantly aging when the Sim Lifespan setting was set to ‘Short’ or ‘Long’.

After that glitch was fixed this week, more people began to notice that the number of days for a Sim to advance to the next life stage had increased.

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On the ‘Normal’ Lifespan setting, a teen usually takes 14 days to age up, but post-update, this now appears to be 21 days. A young adult and adult would take 21 and 24 days respectively to age up; the length is now 24 and 33 days respectively.

The values ​​for ‘Short’ and ‘Long’ Lifespans have been tweaked as well to extend a Sim’s life, although it is unclear at this stage what the precise new values ​​are.

The developers have yet to confirm a full list of the number of days for each life stage on each Lifespan setting, but SimGuruNick, who works as a quality designer on the team, did confirm that the changes were by design and not a bug.

“This was an intentional change, all age spans were changed slightly,” he wrote, in response to a bug report querying the change.

Meanwhile, community manager EA_Cade posted on the forums: “Be aware that all lifespans were retuned with the release of the latest base game update.”

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There is also no official confirmation on the reasons behind the altered age spans, but one possibility being mooted is that the developers wanted to extend the teen life stage so players could make the most out of all of the teen-focused content in the recently- released High School Years expansion.

After all, 14 days for teens, if you’re playing on the ‘Normal’ setting, is just two weeks.

Launched last week, High School Years allows the younger Sims to enrol in Copperdale High where they can experience teen-related drama and self-discovery.

The base game update, among other things, added sexual orientation options, body hair, wants and fears, and curved walls.

The wants and fears system introduced its own bug, with the potential for Sims to have a ‘want’ to date their own family members. Like the auto-ageing glitch, this week’s patch fixed the issue.

The Sims 4: High School Years is out now on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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