December 2019 - last edited December 2019 by crinrict
Product: The Sims 4
Which language are you playing the game in? English
How often does the bug occur? Every time (100%)
What is your current game version number? PC 22.214.171.1240
What expansions, game packs, and stuff packs do you have installed? All except Discover University
Steps: How can we find the bug ourselves? Use a vampire that has Influence Emotions unlocked and drain their vampire energy to zero. All other vampire abilities such as turn another sim into vampire, detect personality, command, mesmerize etc. should become unavailable with the message "[Your vampire] does not have enough vampire energy to do this".
What happens when the bug occurs? Influence Emotions remains available to use, even after your vampire energy reaches zero.
What do you expect to see? Influence Emotions options should grey out, like the other vampire abilities do, with the message "your vampire does not have enough vampire energy to do this". It previously worked this way before the Island Living patch.
Have you installed any customization with the game, e.g. Custom Content or Mods? Not now. I've removed them.
Did this issue appear after a specific patch or change you made to your system? Yes
Please describe the patch or change you made. This started happening after the June 2019 patch 126.96.36.1990.
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The above section of code containing the test for vampire power cost went missing after the June 2019 patch from the tuning files for the 14 burst of emotions available (happy, embarrassed, confident, dazed, sad, bored, uncomfortable, focused, inspired, stressed, flirty, angry, playful and energized).
It should be restored for the ability to work properly, the way it did prior to June 2019. It previously greyed out Influence Emotions when your vampire energy bar reached around 20 per cent full, requiring you to send your vampire to sleep or meditate to restore energy. With the bugged state it is in now, you can spam Influence Emotions unlimited times, even with zero energy and keep gaining vampire XP points without penalty, which seems like it could be exploited.
Picture 1: this is how Influence Emotions is supposed to work and how it worked prior to June 2019 - when the vampire energy bar gets low, the abilities should become unavailable with a tooltip explaining why.
Picture 2: when your vampire energy reaches zero, all of the vampire abilities which require the use of vampire energy should all grey out too.
Picture 3: this is how Influence Emotions is working with every patch since June 2019. This picture was taken with the game patched to the current December 2019 version. Even when the vampire energy has reached zero, all of the Influence Emotions powers are still available to use, ignoring the costs and the fact that no energy is available.