How to change the game language in The Sims 4

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Changing languages in The Sims 4 is not as easy as it may first seem. In this article, we’ll explain to you how to change the game language, and list the elements that condition this process.

I have downloaded the Sims 4 and it happens that the game is in Spanish, event if my Origin account is set to English. How do I change the language of the game? Thanks!

How to change The Sims 4’s language

First of all, you should know that it depends where you bought the game. As a quick reminder, not all The Sims 4 versions include all languages.

You can check this information on the Sims 4 entry on your local store page. Now, if there are indeed multiple languages listed, but you cannot find yours, close the game and then uninstall it in your Origin Client.

Now, change the Origin Client’s language setting to your desired language, and restart your Origin Client. After the restart, install the game again and it should now be in your desired language. Once again, this workaround is valid for the case where this language was available on the store page.

Other users have confirmed that the following workaround does the trick:

  1. Go to Start > type “run” > launch Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Maxis\The Sims 4
  3. Change the Locale value to the desired language. For example, add pt_BR for Brazilian Portuguese.

However, keep in mind that this solution doesn’t work for all players.

If you don’t like editing the Registry, you can tweak the RIdOrigina.ini file. Navigate to the folder where you installed your The Sims 4 to, and then open the Game\Bin\RldOrigin.ini with Notepad. Locate the line “Language”, and you should see a semicolon at the beginning of the line.

Simply remove the semicolon to activate the language of your choice. You can also change the language by using the following codes:

cs_CZ = Czech
da_DK = Danish
de_DE = German
en_US = US English
es_ES = Spanish (Spain)
fi_FI = Finnish
fr_FR = French (France)
it_IT = Italian
ja_JP = Japanese
ko_KR= Korean
nl_NL = Dutch
no_NO= Norwegian
pl_PL = Polish
pt_BR = Portuguese (Brazil)
ru_RU = Russian
sv_SE = Swedish
zh_TW= Chinese (Traditional)

Save the file, launch the game and that’s all.

It is worth mentioning that in CIS countries, The Sims 4 is only available in Russian and Polish. This means that gamers can’t change the game language.

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