The Sims 4: Legacy Version, a 32-bit model of Digital Arts’ long-running life game that launched in 2019, goes away for good in December, that means that  gamers on older working programs are going to must both improve, or discover one thing else to play.

The Legacy Version of The Sims 4 was launched three years in the past as a form of holdover for folks on older programs: EA was ending Sims 4 assist for 32-bit working programs, however provided the Legacy Version as a free download for anybody who owned the total model of the game. It was appropriate with current saves, so gamers might proceed together with their Sim-lives uninterrupted, however EA warned that it will have restricted performance—no gallery, game banners, or social interactions—and wouldn’t get any future updates or fixes, or be appropriate with any future expansions or content material packs. It was mainly an prolonged discover that point strikes ahead, know-how modifications, and those that do not move with it should finally be left behind.

That “finally” is now just some weeks away. EA has introduced that The Sims 4: Legacy Version will now not be accessible as of December 12. 

“Earlier than, gamers might download The Sims 4: Legacy Version and would have the ability to play on these working programs with some limitations,” EA’s assist site says. “Now, we’re saying goodbye to Legacy Version, so this feature is now not accessible.”

To play The Sims 4 after December 12, you may must both improve to a 64-bit model of Home windows, or get your self some new {hardware} with a 64-bit OS already put in. When you occur to be operating a Mac, you are in mainly the identical boat besides you may want to make sure you’re utilizing a Steel macOS model of El Capitan or above. No, I’m not making that up, that is simply Apple for you. The excellent news is that Legacy Version saves can be appropriate with the present full model of the game, you may simply want to maneuver them over:

  • Go to your Paperwork.
  • Open Digital Arts.
  • Copy the folder titled The Sims 4 Legacy Version.
  • Switch the file to the identical folder (Paperwork/Digital Arts) in your new laptop, and alter the title to The Sims 4.
  • Launch the game.

One level that is not made clear within the announcement is how the change will affect individuals who have already got The Sims 4: Legacy Version put in. My assumption is that it’s going to proceed ticking over as standard, however the announcement states that gamers with 32-bit OSes might want to improve “to proceed enjoying The Sims 4,” fairly strongly implying that even current homeowners may also must make the move. I’ve reached out to EA for clarification and can update if I obtain a reply.

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Both manner, the change is not more likely to go away too many gamers out within the chilly. The newest Steam {Hardware} and Software program Survey (probably the most instantly accessible source of knowledge now we have for this form of factor) signifies that greater than 96% of customers are operating some model of Home windows, and of them, greater than 96% are 64-bit. Whereas Mac working programs account for a tiny slice of the general pie, it is 64-bit nearly throughout the board. When you’re not operating a 64-bit OS by now, hey, it is time to make the move.

It isn’t totally stunning that The Sims 4 is totally ditching 32-bit assist now. EA introduced in October that Origin is being phased out in favor of the colorfully-named (probably not) EA App, which additionally requires a 64-bit OS.