Sims 3 Error 327682:0

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.

Sims 4 Legacy Edition is finally here for non-Metal Macs and Lion users

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.

Metal upgrade postponed for Sims 4

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:

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.