Sims 4 Update Introduces Wants Character And Turns Out They Really Want Incest

The Sims 4 is currently the Wild West of romance: an update has had the unintended consequence of revealing that The Sims have secretly wanted to butt heads with family members all along.

You no longer need to rely on The Sims 4 cheats to create weird and totally inappropriate pairings. This Week’s High School Never Ends Update (opens in a new tab) did all the hard work for you. Wants & Fears has been rolled out to the game, replacing the previous whims system. And Sims really want to be a full-fledged Targaryen. Maybe they’re just super excited for House of the Dragon.

A bug in the patch caused sims to try to woo their own family members. They also age incredibly quickly, which could be the source of their desperate attempt to get along with literally anyone before they die of old age. Posts on Reddit (opens in a new tab) (spotted by PC Gamer (opens in a new tab)) illustrate how gross the bug makes things look. Twitter users are also sharing their run-ins with the bug, like the one below.

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Incest is about to come out

Fortunately, the developers are already on the case. Sims 4 quality designer, @SimGuruNick (opens in a new tab) on Twitter, said “I just wanted to acknowledge that the desire to date a family member is something we know.”

They add that they reproduced it themselves and are working on a fix. So keep your sims away from any family members who are too sexy for themselves right now.

The aging bug is also on the devs radar, with The Sims Official Account offering a workaround in a Tweeter (opens in a new tab). Apparently the bug is prevalent in savegames using short and long TTLs. So for now the advice is to play temporarily or create a new save with the default “normal” lifespan. At least until they figure it out.

Bugs resulting in incestuous sims aren’t new at first glance. Since as recently as four months ago (opens in a new tab) up to three years (opens in a new tab), it appears from time to time. But it’s much more common.

At least you won’t have to feel horribly uncomfortable watching your sims make eyes at their loved ones for a long time. Although shout out to that person from Reddit (opens in a new tab) who can finally live the sim-est dream without having to employ mods. I hope wherever you are you have stumbled upon this bug and are living your best life as a sims.

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