Launched yesterday, Patch 102 is the newest month-to-month replace to The Sims 4, and begins the roll out of a sequence of deliberate updates aiming to enhance the sport’s racial illustration and variety. After disappointment over the sport’s lack of practical and different choices for darker pores and skin tones in Create-A-Sim got here to the fore this summer season, the Sims team pledged to do better. The main event is still to come in December—with that month’s replace set to radically enhance the variety of obtainable pores and skin tones, each by including new swatches and introducing sliders that enable gamers to change every tone—however the first enhancements at the moment are right here, and up to now, they appear to have been fairly well-received.
The October update overhauls two base sport hairstyles—the ‘lengthy braided pulled again’ female model and the ‘Afro medium’ masculine model—by giving them extra practical and detailed textures. Although not formally commented on as a part of the patch notes, gamers have additionally famous that the widely-disliked blue tinge on the sport’s solely black hair swatch appears to have departed—although whether or not that is the case for all hairstyles utilizing the swatch or simply the up to date ones is just not but clear.
Moreover, whereas no new pores and skin tones have but been added, the replace has fastened a long-standing downside with current pores and skin swatches: particularly, unusual blotchy artefacts and distracting patterns that affected lots of the sport’s darker pores and skin tones. The reason for the issue—said to have been over-zealous layer compression—has now been handled, although you will have to be operating the sport utilizing the default ‘Uncompressed Sim Textures’ possibility within the graphics settings to see the outcomes.
The brand new replace additionally provides a number of new objects to the sport in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, together with new meals, furnishings, and clothes impressed by Mexican, Argentinian, and Dominican cultures, amongst others. The patch was developed in collaboration with Chicano artist Mister Cartoon in addition to SOMOS EA (EA’s Hispanic/Latinx worker useful resource group), and it looks as if The Sims Four workforce are extra eager than ever to indicate their work in the case of variety and inclusion behind-the-scenes.
Whereas these facets of the newest replace appear to have gone over properly with gamers, the patch has not been with out its points. Anybody acquainted with The Sims Four will in all probability remember that minor bug fixes have a hard behavior of fixing an issue solely to trigger one other that is equally annoying, and this appears to be the case once more with Patch 102. One Reddit consumer has posted a video of the rocks round Evergreen Harbor performing some wild dance strikes—presumably a knock-on impact of a bug-fix to cease rocks from disappearing in Sulani—and there are reviews of different little irritants cropping up as properly. Sadly, there’s not a lot to be finished about these however look ahead to the November patch.