The Sims 4 will finally let players choose their sexual orientation, making the game stranger than ever / LGBTQ Nation

The Simsthe life simulation video game where players create characters that interact with others, finally adds sexual orientations to the game, including the ability to make characters asexual and aromantic.

So far, all the characters in The Sims started out as potentially bisexual. Players could flirt and engage in romantic interactions with other characters of the same gender in order to woo them. If a player flirted with enough same-sex characters, they would eventually stop reacting romantically to cross-sex character flirtations.

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However, game developer Maxis has announced that the release of the new Sims 4 High School expansion pack (scheduled for July 28) will allow all players to give their sims a sexual orientation, even if they don’t. don’t buy the expansion pack. Characters will be able to be customized to only be romantically or sexually interested in same-sex partners or to be completely disinterested in sex and romance, making them an ace or aro.

Maxis said it collaborated with GLAAD and It Gets Better to capture “the widest possible range of perspectives on how to approach this feature in a way that respects and uplifts the community.”

“As a team, we consider creativity, discovery, inclusivity and play to be core values ​​and strive every day to celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion for our employees and our community” , the developer said in a statement via the Electronic Arts (EA) website. EA is the publisher of the game.

It’s actually surprising that the game hasn’t already included these features before, as it’s one of the most LGBTQ-inclusive video games around. Previous versions of the game placed a lesbian couple on its cover and featured gender-neutral bathrooms and Pride amenities. The game got so bizarre that it was even banned in Russia for breaking the country’s law against same-sex “propaganda”.

But while the game also allows players to assign pronouns and neo-pronouns to their characters, it hasn’t quite embraced transgender or non-binary characters. Currently, players are forced to choose a male or female gender binary when they start creating their characters.

However, the game’s developers said they hope to improve the representation of gender identities with more gender customization features in an upcoming installment. The game’s current customization options allow users to modify body structure, voice depth, walking style, clothing preferences, pregnancy, and restroom usage options to create genderqueer characters.

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