The Sims breaks down more gender barriers

Ben Parfitt
The Sims breaks down more gender barriers

EA's ongoing efforts to make its games as inclusive as possible continue with news that The Sims 4 is opening up even more of its gender play.

While the game has always allowed for things such as same-sex relationships and marriage, until now there have been a number of customisation options affecting things such as voice, physique, hair and jewellery that were limited to one or the other sex.

As of a new free update, that is no longer the case, opening the door for all manner of gender identifications to be created within the game.

You can now dress your Sims in any attire, give them short, long or styled hair, or customize them with some personal accessories to top off their look. Through the addition of new filters and sorts in Create A Sim, what you do with these new options is entirely up to you,” Maxis said.

The Sims is made by a diverse team for a diverse audience, and it's really important to us that players are able to be creative and express themselves through our games. We want to make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sims gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more.

Personally, we've had a ton of fun exploring how good many of the short hair male hairstyles look on the female Sims, and vice versa. And we're just getting started checking out how outfits and styles look on totally different body types.”

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