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The Sims 4 base game update: Official patch notes for 13 May 2021

It’s a patch for the base game, the first of two for the month of May. It comes before the release of a new Kit for The Sims 4.

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The Sims 4 released the first of two updates coming to the base game on Thursday. The patch comes ahead of the release of the new Sims 4 Courtyard Oasis Kit on 18 May 2021.

Two updates were confirmed in the May 2021 Laundry List, without announcing any dates, however, so the patch might have caught some players and CC creators/modders off guard.

With a new Sims 4 Kit set to be released next week, the patch isn’t entirely surprising, despite Tuesdays being the more ‘traditional’ day for patches – but still felt a bit out of the blue when the announcement was made by Sim Guru Russkii on Twitter.

As with any update, remember to back up your custom content and mods before opening any of your save files again and look out for any updates by creators.

The Sims 4 latest patch notes: 13 May 2021

The official patch notes for the latest Sims 4 update appear below and taken verbatim from the official Sims site. The only edits are for style and brevity.

Heylo Simmers!

Hope everyone is doing great wherever you are in the World. We have a small Game Update for you today, we hope you enjoy it.

Happy Simming!

Chaus Chaus – Dag Dag!


What?s New?

As you may have seen revealed in our past Sims 411 Livestream, we added in this update a few new Asian Eye Pre-sets for Female and Male Frames. You can find these in Create-A-Sim and we hope you love them! In case you missed the Livestream, I have applied my non-existent Photoshop skills and have added them in these patch notes for your enjoyment.

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Besides adding these pre-sets we also have updated two hairstyles from our Base Game.

Firstly, we have the gorgeous Hair_MedTexCurls or as we have named it in our Sims 411 blog post, the ?Retro Style Large Afro?. Beautiful! I added a few screenshots on how it looks with Female and Male Frames, and Adults, Children, and Toddlers.

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Secondly, we have the fab Hair_EF13AfroShort or as we called it the ?Short Afro.? I have added below some screenshots with Female and Male Frames – Adults, Children, and Toddlers as well for your reference. I want to note that we noticed that this particular hairstyle with the Black Color Swatch looks a bit Grey in the screencaps below, but we can tell you that we have fixed it already for a future update.

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Now onto the fixes…

Bug Fixes

Sims 4

  • We fixed an issue with two of our facial hair offerings, the ymFacialHair_BeardThinGoatee, and ymFacialHair_ChinStrap, as they were making Sims faces wider when applied.
  • The Voodoo Doll?s thumbnail in Sims? Inventories has been fixed so it doesn?t change appearance when used, as it should not.
  • Simmers in Laptop Mode will no longer see glitch textures when the Easel is placed on the Lot. It was like a glitch in the Matrix, just? visually striking.

Get Famous

  • Sims that saw their Transfer Videos to The More Views Video Station interaction drop from the queue while doing other things will no longer have this occur. Because what is technology but helpful? And why shouldn?t Sims shower and transfer their drone footage whenever they want to amirite?


  • Vampire Sims will no longer be forever Compelled for a Deep Drink. As much as that sometimes might be what Vampire Sims would be compelled to do, they don?t have to. So it is not something that they probably want to have in their interaction queue forever and all time. Forever is a long time…

Country Kitchen

  • The Country Charm Counter will now look correct when getting dirty, and not quite like? it has been taken out of a post apocalyptic movie set. There is a fine line between dirty, and? well, unrecognisable.