EA and developer Maxis are bringing a welcome inclusivity feature to The Sims 4. Starting today, you can customize your Sims’ pronouns. For now, the feature is only available in the English version of The Sims 4. EA and Maxis plan to improve it over time and make it available in more languages. They say it’s “a step toward a more inclusive experience for Simmers.”
A screenshot of the feature suggests that players can enter the pronouns they prefer in text boxes. The settings show how the pronouns also work in context – for example “he/she/she would like a grilled cheese”.
The developers collaborated with GLAAD and the It Gets Better Project to better understand the impact and usage of pronouns. The organizations helped the team understand where and how binary representations of gender are used in the game.
Although The Sims 4 was originally released in 2014, EA and Maxis have continued to support the game with expansion packs and updates. It also has a thriving modding community. According to Mat Piscatella of The NPD Group, The Sims 4 was one of the 10 most played games in the US in the first three months of this year, beating the likes of Rocket League and Elden Ring.
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