Game hangs on loading

Problem

My game hangs on the initial loading screen and it takes forever to load.

Cause

Solution

  • Remove incompatible mods and delete your cache files. Use the 50/50 method to find the any outdated or corrupted mods
  • Make sure your computer fulfills the minimum requirements.
  • Merge your custom content using S4Studio.
  • Put Origin in offline mode to start the game and only go online, if you really need the gallery.
  • A lof of files in the user folder have been proven to be an issue in the past. If your loading screens start to get longer, check the folders and move unneeded files (screenshots, videos, Library Sims and houses, music, not played saves games, ..) to a different location on your hard drive.

Lists to incompatible mods can be found here:

Credits
Many users who helped figure this out