March 2020 - last edited March 2020
With the upcoming patch, the location where some of The Sims 4 game files are stored in macOS will change to comply with Apple’s updated notarization requirements.
If you haven’t manually modified any game files, you should be able to install the patch and continue playing as normal. For more information on what’s going to change, please, read the FAQ below.
What will this patch do?
Once the patch is downloaded the following actions will take place as part of the install/repair process:
Why are files being moved around? Will this impact my Expansion Packs and/or Mods?
To be compliant with the Notarization requirements the location where certain game files and downloaded content are stored needed to be changed.
What if I store my The Sims 4 in an alternate location from the default (external drive, different folder, etc)?
The location of the game app bundle and executables are not affected by these changes, just where pack content is installed.
Will there be changes to where my game saves are stored?
No, saved games will continue to be stored in your Documents folder at ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/ .
What if I have updated Config files like: Default.ini, GraphicsCards.sgr, GraphicsRules.sgr?
As part of the patch process the location of these files is moving to a new Resources folder within the app bundle.
What is notarization? Why now?
Notarization is a new requirement for macOS applications that gives users peace of mind that the software they are installing from outside of Apple’s macOS App Store has been checked and verified to be free of malicious content by Apple. Stricter notarization requirements were recently introduced.
You can read more about the process on the official Apple Developer article.
Does this patch have any effects on older OS systems? I'm currently running High Sierra, but I'm afraid to download the new patch. I know newer systems like Mojave and Catinlina require the notarization system but High Sierra doesn't as much. Thank you.
Sorry for the late response, but thank you. I've been looking in the forums all day and my concern came about when I saw someone on twitter post about that huge issue that's been going on (the one that starts with 135)/ the language issue. I still haven't downloaded the new update because, from reading the forums, it seems(I might be wrong) like some people who were already playing in English have this problem too? (I always play in English) Thank you so much for taking the time to work through this! Hope you and the team can find a fix soon