Sims 4 Wedding Expansion Won’t Release In Russia Due To Anti-Gay Law

EA and The Sims developer Maxis have announced that they will not be releasing the upcoming The Sims 4 expansion pack, My Marriage Stories, in Russia.

In a blog post published today by The Sims team, Maxis said releasing the pack in Russia would have meant “compromising the values ​​we live by,” saying federal laws would have required them to make development changes. and the marketing of the pack.

My Wedding Stories is a wedding-focused pack that lets players plan and stage elaborate weddings in a new location, Tartosa. It expands on existing wedding features, including proposals and the ceremony itself, adding detailed planning, decor, outfits, cakes, events, and more.

While all adult Sims can currently get married in The Sims 4 and will be able to do so in My Wedding Stories, the pack’s marketing and storytelling explicitly features two women: Dominique and Camille, as they plan their wedding.

Russian federal law introduced in 2013 prohibits content marketed to children (anyone under the age of 18) that presents homosexuality as a societal norm, calling it “propaganda”. The law’s introduction coincided with an upsurge in violence against LGBTQ people in Russia and was condemned by numerous human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. .

The Sims 4 received a mature (18+) rating in Russia when it launched in 2014, explicitly due to its inclusion of same-sex relationships. At the time, EA said it had no interest in altering the game’s content to adjust the rating – a view the publisher seems to be sticking to with My Wedding Stories.

The Sims 4: My Marriage Story Screens

“Imagining the stories our players will tell with our packs is at the heart of everything we create. For ‘My Wedding Stories,’ we were thrilled to introduce you to Dom and Cam,” the Sims team wrote. “Their love story mirrors the experiences of so many of our community and team members.

“As we went through our brand development and storytelling process, we realized that how we wanted to tell Cam and Dom’s story wouldn’t be something we could freely share in the world.

“The ability to tell stories – any story – is at the heart of what we do at The Sims. Withholding the story of Cam and Dom meant compromising the values ​​we live by. We are committed to freedom of be who you are, love who you love and tell the stories you want to tell.”

Rebekah Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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