The Sims 4 Legacy Edition is the new version of The Sims 4 and The Sims 4 Deluxe
And is completely free to download. But only for those users who are already registered and have old equipment. The Legacy Edition will not be available to all new players. Therefore, if you have an old system on your computer, and you want to start playing Sims 4, you will not be able to. And in order to fulfill your dream, you will first have to buy a new computer.
At the end of December 2019, EA, the developer and owner of The Sims 4, will end support for the game installed on non-Metal Macs and 32-bit Windows.
It is very easy to find out if the requirements of your computer are suitable for further play and official support, or if you need to download and install the Sims 4 Legacy edition. If, when you try to open Sims 4, you receive the error “Failed to start the game due to missing data” – then it’s time to switch to this version.
How to install and use The Sims 4 Legacy Edition
So, for what and who needs the version of The Sims 4 Legacy, we have already figured out. And if you are among those players who have an old computer and buy a new one is not yet included in the plans, let’s understand further. Moving on to where you can download The Sims 4 Legacy Edition for free. Everything is very simple. Follow the link to the official website, log in with your Sims 4 account and download. After that, you just need to start the game in the usual way.
Please note, if you are a Mac user, you will not be able to launch Sims 4 through a shortcut from the desktop. I’ll have to do a slightly different path: on the desktop or Dock, click on the Origin icon and select the Games Library folder. There, find the The Sims 4 icon, right-click on it and select Play.
How to use save files in The Sims 4 Legacy Edition
So that after installing The Sims 4 Legacy Edition you can continue your Sims 4 story and play with the characters created before, you do not need to perform any additional actions. All save files will be automatically copied to the new version. To verify this, you can go to the Documents folder and open the Electronic Arts folder. There will be two folders with identical contents (only before the first launch of the game): The Sims 4 and The Sims 4 Legacy Edition.
If over time you buy a new computer and want to continue your favorite game The Sims 4, then in order not to lose data, you will only need to transfer your saved files from the Legacy edition folder to The Sims 4 folder on the new computer.
The Sims 4 Legacy Edition Stuffs & Expansions
The Sims 4 Legacy Edition will of course support all expansion packs for the base game The Sims 4. But in Limited Mode, only those released prior to October this year. Anything later will not be available. That is, starting with the addition The Sims 4 At University and all subsequent sets and catalogs, you will no longer be able to enjoy them and enter into your game. Again, to get full access without restrictions to all new products and updates, you will need to buy a new computer with suitable software.
Updates for the Sims 4 version of Legacy
As regrettable as it sounds, but you have to accept that having installed the Sims 4 version of Legacy for yourself, you will have to abandon all updates that include new items and functions, as well as bug fixes. Also any chats, banners, gallery will become unavailable. The first time “My Library” will be available. Therefore, do not postpone for a long time if you want to save your creations from the Gallery for the future.
But it will still be possible to buy and install add-ons, kits and catalogs (remember, released before the University). This can only be done through the option in the Origin store.
How to use the standard version of The Sims 4
If you are now playing on an old computer with software that is no longer supported, then you can switch from Legacy to the standard Sims 4 only after purchasing a new computer with more modern software that meets the requirements of the current version of the game. After installing the Sims 4 game package, go to the Documents folder, and there from the Electronic Arts folder, copy the The Sims 4 Legacy Edition folder with all its contents to a new computer at the same address (Documents / Electronic Arts). After that, do not forget to change the name of the folder to The Sims 4. That’s it, you can start the game and enjoy the gameplay on the new hardware with your old and familiar Sims family.