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Game update for 1.38
POSTED ON 08/30/12 04:00 PM

To install this update, please start your game and use the “Updates” tab in your Launcher.

This game update includes the following changes:

Base Game

  • New decorative drainpipes, roof cornices, wall patterns, a bookcase, and neighborhood rock objects.
  • New Create a Sim controls for ears, nostrils, jaw, and skin color.
  • Updated collection journal to track collectables.
  • Online Feature Updates:

    • Send or receive a surprise gift box to/from your friends! It could contain anything from a chunk of Simoleons to a painting, or even a car!
    • Receive an Elixir from Supernatural players containing magical properties that will affect your Sim’s lives!

Late Night
  • New moodlets and socials for Vampires.


  • You can now browse a larger selection of our most popular Store content directly in Buy Mode!


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:

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.

The Sims 3 Supernatural Q&A
POSTED ON 08/28/12 11:50 PM
SimGuruHydra sat down with Senior Producer Kari St. John for a final Q&A on The Sims 3 Supernatural. Head over to the latest Community Blog to find out more!
The Sims 3 Supernatural takes over Twitter!
POSTED ON 08/28/12 04:00 PM
The Sims 3 Supernatural is almost here!

On  Aug 31st at 10am PST, join @TheSims3 on Twitter and tweet with the hashtag #TS3Supernatural  to ask SimGuruMegan your  burning questions about the mysteries and surprises that await you when the game launches next week. Get gameplay tips and behind-the-scenes info about crafty witches, roaming werewolves,  brain craving zombies and more. Pre-order now to get exclusive Plants vs. Zombies content like the peashooter so you can protect your house from those hungry zombies!

Sunlit Tides – Out now!
POSTED ON 08/23/12 05:00 PM
Sunlit Tides is available now at The Sims 3 Store! Start your Sims’ new adventure among icy blue waves and golden beaches. For the first two weeks you’ll find the Gold world on sale on an Early Bird Discount!

Sunlit Tides:

Sunlit Tides includes the tropical world and the Sauna premium item.

Sunlit Tides Gold:

Sunlit Tides Gold includes the Sunlit Tides world, the Sauna premium item and the EXCLUSIVE Serenity Retreat venue with Massage Table premium item.  This is the only  way to get the Serenity Retreat venue!

Watch the New Producer Walkthrough Video for The Sims 3 Supernatural
POSTED ON 08/22/12 08:20 PM
Just out today, check out The Sims 3 Supernatural Producer Walkthrough video. Producer Argus Hulin will share the inside scoop on the werewolves, vampires, fairies, and witches that populate Moonlight Falls. You’ll also glimpse a few surprises along the way! In The Sims 3 Supernatural you will discover new stories to tell, new skills to master, and the all-new world of Moonlight Falls. Click here to watch the video.

Sauna Blog
POSTED ON 08/21/12 08:58 PM
Steam-it-up at Sunlit Tides!

Head to the community blog where Sims designer, Alan Copeland introduces everyone to the design behind the amazing “Steam –it-up Sauna” available at Sunlit Tides! This sauna can do it all; remove soreness, renew energy and even steam vegetables!

Want to find out more about this amazing object? Read on!
POSTED ON 08/21/12 05:05 AM
Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant are back!

Do you remember the struggling family with red-haired teenage daughters in The Sims 2?

“On the surface, Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant seem to have the perfect life, but is their love a flimsy façade? And can Angela and Lilith make the right choices when it comes to love?”

My how times changed! At Sunlit Tides we go back in time to see them before the busy jobs and the kids, enjoying their honeymoon! Daniel and Mary-Sue couldn’t be more happy! After a whirlwind wedding they’ve come to the island to rest, relax and enjoy their time together!

Fun in the Sun in the Summertime!
POSTED ON 08/16/12 05:03 PM
Get into your swimsuits and break out the snow cones – it’s Summertime! Head over to the Community blog where SimGuruCharles gives you a tour of the hottest season in The Sims 3 Seasons. Let’s work on that golden tan – but be careful to not get sunburnt!

Read the blog

Welcome to the Sunlit Tides!
POSTED ON 08/15/12 05:00 PM
If you were watching the Seasons broadcast then you heard King talking about a brand new world coming to The Sims 3 Store:  Sunlit Tides!

A modern downtown gives way to a lush jungle sprinkled with exotic bungalows and waterfront vacation homes nestled between the gentle waves of the ocean and a sun kissed lagoon. Enjoy a picnic on the beach, plan a secret rendezvous at an island waterfall, or cozy up to a loved one in the shade of a palm tree and watch the sun sink into the sea. Will your Sims find true love, or just have fun trying?

Excited yet?
Start chatting about Sunlit Tides in the Store forum!

Get to know the Witches & Vampires in The Sims 3 Supernatural!
POSTED ON 08/14/12 05:55 PM

Witches aren’t all wicked and green, you know. And only some vampires sparkle…

SimGuruBritt gives you the scoop on the power of witches and the allure of vampires in her latest blog!

Part 1
Part 2
Producer Broadcast, Live from Gamescom August 15th @ 8 a.m. PST!
POSTED ON 08/13/12 09:40 PM
Tune in and join the SimGuru's for a deeper dive into the world of witches and vampires for The Sims 3 Supernatural, and then go into The Sims 3 Seasons, for a look at  fun features that come with the change of seasons! So make sure you mark your calendars and tune in on August 15th @ 8 a.m. PST to ask your questions live!

Learn More!
April Showers Bring May Flowers
POSTED ON 08/03/12 10:22 PM
Spring has sprung in Sunset Valley and the forecast predicts it’s going to be a rainy year. Your Sims better get their umbrellas ready and throw on a nice pair of galoshes with a rain coat to prepare for the months ahead! Sims in town will notice new environmental changes such as puddles and thunderstorms. They should use caution when going outside in these conditions, as lightning can strike at any point. But through the thick of these storms comes new life and serene beauty, as plants flourish and flowers begin to blossom.

From the onset of these new blooms, unlucky Sims may be afflicted with hay fever, which can cause sneezing and lead to grumpy moods. Your Sims can take action to prevent this suffering by getting an allergy shot, as long they aren’t afraid of needles! Even though allergy attacks can be a bit of a burden, most Sims are excited to see the coming of spring, as the world becomes green again and temperatures begin to warm up.

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and flowers aren’t the only things in bloom. Young love is at its peak during this time, as the world seems most full of life and potential. Sims attending the spring festival can seek out an attractive companion at the kissing booth, meet up with a mate on the dance floor or even try their luck with online dating. Good old-fashioned courting is another possibility for those Sims who prefer to put their feelings in writing and pen a poignant love letter.

In addition to looking for love at the spring fling or the kissing booth, there’s a lot more fun to be had at the spring festival. Sims will be able to get their faces painted with designs such as bunnies or hearts, or visit the concession stand for a taste of seasonal foods like grasshopper pie, fruit punch and adorable freezer bunny pops. There’s even an egg hunt for the kids and the young at heart!

Sims can also participate in new activities, which include skating around the roller rink, throwing a pool party or getting caught in the midst of a water balloon fight.

For more information about spring, visit this blog from Associate Producer, Charles Murakami.

Pre-Order The Sims 3 Seasons now to get the cool new ice lounge hangout!
POSTED ON 08/02/12 09:00 PM
EA announces The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack! Now your Sims can swim in the ocean on a hot summer day, bob for apples among the autumn leaves, test their snowboarding skill on the half pipe, or welcome spring with a colorful umbrella and a walk in the rain! From all-new activities like football to unique seasonal festivals, your Sims can find all new ways to play with the ever-changing experiences of The Sims 3 Seasons! Visit the new Seasons page for a first look at the game and to pre-order the Limited Edition version, featuring the exclusive Ice Lounge community lot.