It takes a bit of time (exact amount depends on how many active households in a save), but it is possible to "rescue" a save AND keep Eco enabled (using cheats, but no mods, so should work on console too):
Steps 4-8 can be replaced with "save your game; disable/uninstall Eco; play/save your game without it; re-enable/install Eco" - which may be faster in some cases, but is also destructive if you've been using any of the content over the past month. Steps 1-3 still need to be done *first* - or the NAPs will still be in place when you re-enable Eco.
It took me about a week of playing to stop freaking out every time my Sims did anything on their own (active/energized Sims still work out; most Sims with access to clay will play with it; hungry Sims will cook - although usually not cake). Also, the game still gives a notification that a random NAP won the voting every week (unless you have 4 already), but if you check active NAPs, it doesn't actually happen.
To retain sanity, you probably shouldn't enact the NAPs that push autonomous actions (about 2/3 of them) until this gets patched. The commodity that pushes the actions can get stuck to Sims when they're out and about as non-actives (visiting/hosting your active household, or just wandering around the neighbourhood), so if the NAPs are in place, they'll start sticking again. I usually go with Clean Energy Production, Eco-Friendly Appliances, Green Gardening (autonomous gardening is from the Self-Sufficiency NAP, not this one, oddly enough), Upcycling Initiative - even if I'm not compliant, the fines offset the ridiculously low taxes they have now.
July - last edited July
I don't understand any of this as it seems to the same problem mentioned some time ago in another Topic. What is going on and where are EA. No patch to fix any of these problems. My Legal Team say I am entitled for a complete refund on any Expansion Packs or Updates that have led to these or other problems. I live in the UK and is not up to me to repair this game as it is not fit for purpose.
Kind regards James
You can request a refund. I thought about requesting a refund but I didn't qualify.
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● NPC Sims will no longer follow enacted policies in their home neighborhood if Sims travel to another neighborhood or world before the voting period ends.
Fixed in Patch 1.65.70/ 1.29
If you're still experiencing this issue, please create a new thread.
I will leave all the threads listed in post 2 open for now to see how that goes.
Your feedback there is appreciated.
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