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Patch 17

Release date October 26, 2010
Game versions
TS3 Icon.png The Sims 3 1.17.60
TS3WA Icon.png World Adventures 2.12.8
TS3HELS Icon.png High-End Loft Stuff 3.8.6
TS3A Icon.png Ambitions 4.5.6
TS3FLS Icon.png Fast Lane Stuff 5.2.4
TS3LN Icon.png Late Night 6.0.81
Official Announcement

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Patch 17 for The Sims 3 was released on October 26, 2010, which coincided with the North American launch date of The Sims 3: Late Night. It adds the Muscle Definition and Breast Size sliders and the new group feature.[1] It also adds the ability to limit opportunities by checking the Opportunities Suppression check box in the Game Options menu.[2] It can be downloaded through The Sims 3's launcher.


Before installing an update for The Sims 3, an Expansion Pack, or a Stuff Pack, it is a good idea to run through the following checklist to ensure your game continues to work smoothly.

If you have any questions about the below steps, please visit the Technical Support forum on the official Sims 3 community found at this URL:

Step 1: Disable Custom Content

Custom content is all Sims content that did not come from an official The Sims 3 Update, The Sims 3 Store, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack. Custom Content is created by 3rd Party Developers that are not regulated by Electronic Arts or The Sims 3 Development Team and may not work with new updates. Custom Content may cause the game to behave unexpectedly or not function entirely.

To disable your custom content, undo whatever you did to install this content to get your game back into an unmodified state. If you placed it in a Sims 3 directory folder, move it to a new folder that is outside your Sims 3 file directory. Your Sims 3 file directory can be found using the paths listed below:

  • On Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3
  • On Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3
  • On Mac: ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/

Once you have installed the official update you may re-enable your custom content. If you experience problems, disable it again until the 3rd party developer updates their content to work with the official Update, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack.

Step 2: Back Up your Save Files

It’s always a good precaution to back up your save files before installing an Expansion Pack, Update, or Stuff Pack. To do this, copy the “.sims3” folders found in the Saves folder onto your desktop or another file directory.

Your Sims 3 Saves folder can be found using the paths listed below:

  • On Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves
  • On Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves
  • On Mac: ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/Saves

After the Update is installed, run the game to verify your saves still function correctly.

Step 3: Let the Update Complete Entirely

Updates can sometimes be rather large and may take a while to download and install completely. Cancelling the update before it has completed may cause unexpected problems, so it is always best to let it finish entirely. Do not close the Launcher until you have confirmed the update is completely installed, as this will cancel the update.

Release Notes[]

Base Game
  • Players can now suppress Opportunities by selecting the Opportunities Suppression check box in the Game Options menu. This means players can still get opportunities through interactions, but no opportunities will be automatically directed towards the player.
  • The game can now detect downloaded content and use these objects in Sims’ dreams, opportunities, etc.
Live Mode
  • Sims can now form groups with one or more other Sims to stay linked to each other while out and about in the world.
  • Players can now set lights purchased from Buy Mode as a “black light.”
Create a Sim
  • Players can now adjust a Sim’s muscle definition and breast size.
  • New Sims can now have an Astrological Sign assigned.
  • Players can select a lifetime wish, even if not influenced by their traits.
Build/Buy Mode
  • Players can now use the Platform Tool to create stages and other elevated spaces.
  • Half Walls can now be created and placed on lots.
  • Urinals can now be purchased and placed in addition to toilets!
  • Using new rounded corners and size adjustments, players now have more control over the shapes and sizes of swimming pools.
  • Swimming pools are no longer restricted to being built on the ground floor. They can now be built on multiple other levels of a structure.
  • Players can now create fountains on Residential and Community lots throughout the world by using the Fountain Tool.
  • Painting and other wall decor can be dragged up and down
  • Additional bug fixes to existing features
Edit Town
  • Players can now place the Public Sounds wall stereo on Community Lots to set and play continuous music throughout a community lot.
World Adventures
  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features
  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features