The Sims 3 is 32-bit and consequently will not run in macOS 10.15 Catalina. If you’re getting Error 327682:0 this will be why. You can wipe and reinstall a previous version of macOS, partition your drive, install on an external or install in a Virtual Machine. EA have announced they are working on a 64-bit version of Sims 3 for Mac but as of now, March 2020, nothing has been released or even word of an update.
EA today finally released the legacy edition of the Sims 4 for those on older machines. The legacy edition is now the default version of the Sims 4 for Mac users on pre-2012 Macs which do not support Metal and for PC users running 32-bit Windows:
The Sims 4 Legacy Edition provides long-term support for computers that rely on older technologies. You only need to download Legacy Edition if you received a message saying you need it when you tried to open The Sims 4. You can also reference the system requirements for The Sims 4 base game; if you meet those, you do not need to download Legacy Edition.
This is not an automatic update, you need to manually download the legacy edition by clicking on the Sims 4 in your Games Library in Origin then click on Extra Content and scroll down to near the bottom:
Your saves should automatically transfer over but make sure to create a back up of your Sims 4 folder before downloading, in case everything goes horribly wrong. EA_Mai has updated her FAQ in the Mac forum at Answers HQ here.
For those running 10.7 Lion who inadvertently updated in September and now have a game which will not launch, you need to download this legacy version and you will be able to play again.
On the plus side everyone gets the opportunity to play Island Living. I say opportunity because it looks absolutely delicious in the trailer with high graphics but I shouldn’t imagine low end machines will handle it well:
On the down side, we’re still waiting for our Metal upgrade that EA said would be released in June and, I’m hoping, will provide a noticeable boost in performance for Metal supported Macs:
- MacBook models introduced in 2015 or later
- MacBook Air models introduced in 2012 or later
- MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 or later
- Mac mini models introduced in 2012 or later
- iMac models introduced in 2012 or later
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro models introduced in late 2013, plus mid-2010 or mid-2012 models with a recommended Metal-capable graphics card.
Please remember, EA dropping support for 32-bit machines in the Sims 4 is irrelevant to all Mac users. The Sims 4 has always been 64-bit for us. This is also NOT related to Apple dropping support for 32-bit apps in macOS 10.15 Catalina.