The Sims 4: My Marriage Stories will be released in Russia after all, “unaltered and unaltered”
Last week, Electronic Arts announced that it would not be releasing the next Sims 4. (opens in a new tab) My Marriage Stories expansion (opens in a new tab) in Russia because it would violate the country’s laws prohibiting content promoting “non-traditional sexual relationships”. Today, however, he reversed that decision, saying the expansion will be made available, without modification, to Russian players.
“We listened to the outpouring of feelings from our community, including support for our decision and concern for other community members,” the Sims team said. wrote (opens in a new tab). “It’s equally important for us to stand up for our values, including the fight against homophobia, and to share stories like this with those who want and need them most.
“With that in mind, we re-evaluated our options and realized we could do more than we initially thought and will now be releasing The Sims 4: My Marriage Stories game pack for our community in Russia, unchanged and unchanged, with Dom and Cam.”
Camille and Dominique—Cam and Dom for short—are the couple at the center of My Wedding Stories promotional material. EA said last week that putting a same-sex couple in the marketing spotlight meant the expansion “wouldn’t be something we could freely share around the world,” but insisted it wouldn’t. was unwilling to make changes to accommodate countries with anti-LGBTQ laws.
The reversal presumably means My Marriage Stories will have to be rated Adults Only in Russia, which will keep them out of reach for minors, but that seems to be an academic point: The Sims 4 itself is rated AO (opens in a new tab) there anyway as it already allows players to engage in same-sex relationships in-game. I have reached out to EA for clarification on this and will update if I receive a response.
Unfortunately, to ensure the entire Sims community is “able to celebrate together”, the launch of My Wedding Stories has been slightly delayed and is now set to arrive on February 23rd.