Maxis finally gives Sims 4 sexual orientation options

EA and Maxis are sending out a free new Sims 4 update that adds a suite of customization options to let you tailor your Sim’s sexual and romantic orientations as you see fit – or, in some cases, as you see fit. seems. The update, developed by EA in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, will launch alongside the High School Years expansion on July 28. While it won’t change the preferences of existing NPC Sims, future Sims and those added in the High School Years expansion will have new directions.

The new options will live in the “more details” section of the Create a Sim menu, where you choose your Sim’s gender. Here you will find three categories:

  • This Sim is romantically attracted to (Male/Female)
  • This Sim explores romantically (Yes/No)
  • This Sim is interested in Messing with (men/women)

Jessica Croft, lead designer of The Sims 4, said the team wanted to implement a viable way for people who identify as asexual or aromantic to also express themselves in detail. For example, you can turn off both “messy” options and choose a gender for romantic attraction, or avoid romantic relationships while pursuing physically intimate relationships.

If you play High School Years – and, presumably, any new expansions released after it – the way you forge these relationships also changes. Rather than flattering and shoving your way to love and marriage, you need to get to know the other Sim and find out if they identify the same as yours.

This identity can change over time if you activate the “romantically explore” option. Maxis said that just like in real life, adolescence is about finding out who you are, so your Sim may start high school with a romantic preference and end up with something completely different when they graduate. If you know for sure how you want your Sim to be, just choose “no” and they will live with a fixed orientation.

Croft said the system does not currently allow non-binary or transgender options. However, this new update is part of the game’s journey, not its end, and it may be expanded in the future.

If you’re looking for more ways to customize your Sims experience, there are plenty of Sims 4 mods to choose from, like one that makes your babies a little less monstrous. You can also bend its rules to your will with an impressive variety of cheats, including easy ways to get money and defy death.

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