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The Sims 4 Will Let Gamers Select Their Sexual Orientation

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When the following Sims 4 growth—Excessive Faculty Years—is launched, will probably be accompanied by an replace to the bottom expertise including a brand new function for all gamers: a ‘Sexual Orientation’ toggle.

Whereas your Sims have lengthy been in a position to take pleasure in same-sex relationships within the recreation (along with having at all times been in a position to have straight relationships), this upcoming replace will permit gamers to make a sequence of alternatives and toggles when beginning a recreation, permitting for extra flexibility and customisation in terms of with whom your Sim can hook up.

SimGuruJessica, design lead on the Excessive Faculty Years growth, writes on the sport’s website:

With Sexual Orientation, you’ll be capable to assign a sequence of attraction parameters in your Sim. This can be a easy, affirmative assertion of who your Sim is interested in. If a Sim whose gender doesn’t match your Sim’s attraction settings makes an attempt a romantic interplay along with your Sim, they are going to be rejected.

You’ll be able to verify any mixture of attraction packing containers (together with all or none) to replicate your sim’s romantic orientation.

Right here’s what these packing containers—and you may change these choices afterward within the recreation through the use of a mirror or dresser—appear to be:

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SimGuruJessica stresses that, while this is a good start, it’s just that—a start—and that clearly there is more work to do here. The gender options being limited to just “men” and “women” being perhaps the biggest issue, though that one is limited by the game’s code, not its team:

Further down the line, we’ll be able to expand this to include additional gender identities that we don’t have at this time.

I understand that there will be concerns here around the initial options being gender binary. Mechanically, non binary Sims don’t yet exist in TS4. While we made great progress in representing non binary Sims with the pronouns update, we acknowledge that pronouns are not the same thing as gender identities. We recognize that we still have a ways to go in this regard.

As for turning the feature off (and remember, this will hit for all players as part of the base game, not just anyone buying the High School expansion), well lol:

Can I turn this feature off?

No. While we try to give players the option to toggle certain gameplay features, LGBTQIA+ identities are a fact of life and not a toggle to be switched on and off.

Before we go, while this update—and much of the news surrounding it—is rightly focused on the increased options and possibilities available to your Sims, here’s a different, much funnier way of looking at it:



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