The Sims 4 is becoming more inclusive than ever soon, finally allowing players to choose their characters' sexual orientations in the game.
Here is everything you need to know about The Sims 4's Sexual Orientation feature, including what will be included and its release date.
The Sims 4 Sexual Orientation Update
Sim 4 design lead Jessica Croft, also known as SimGuruJessica, announced the new Sexual Orientation feature on the front page of The Sims 4 website in mid-July 2022.
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According to the update, players can set attraction parameters for individual Sims. Players can choose whether characters are attracted to men, women, or neither, as well as whether the Sim is interested in exploring romantically. Lastly, players can set a parameter for which genders the Sim is interested in "Messing Around" with.
Each parameter is set independently, so players can mix and match to set their sexual orientation and romantic orientation for each Sim as they please.
The feature will be available in the next base game update, though an exact release date has not been announced.
While adding various sexual orientations to the game is a great step in the right direction for LGBTQ+ community inclusion in The Sims, many players are wondering when EA will add diverse gender identities as well.
SimGuruJessica addressed this in the website update, noting that the coding of The Sims makes it challenging for developers to include a third gender option. That said, developers are working to create mechanical systems that support non-binary Sims.
"Many members of the team, myself included, are part of the LGBTQIA+ community," SimGuruJessica said. "That said, each one of us on the team represents only a narrow slice of lived experiences."
"As such, we’ve worked extensively with GLAAD and the It Gets Better Project to ensure that we’ve captured the widest possible range of viewpoints on how to approach this feature in a manner that respects and elevates the community," she continued.
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