‘The Sims 4’ Is Doing Away with Gender Specificity


Electronic Arts’ Sims franchise has remained one of the most popular gaming series since it began in 2000. It’s still going strong, with The Sims 4 having been released in 2013. And it’s still being updated with expansions, too, and the newest update is a welcome one for players who don’t think that women should walk a certain way and men should be forbidden from wearing dresses: it’s just been announced that EA will ease restrictions on its “Create A Sim” mode, which allows players to highly customize their in-game avatars.

In “Create A Sim,” you can decide your sim’s exact appearance, as well as the way your sim walks, the exact width of your sim’s thighs, how far apart their eyes are, etc. Basically, you can create the character of your dreams, only you used to be tied to certain things depending on which gender your sim was. EA had this to say, via a statement, “We want to make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sim’s gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more.”

Watch a demo for the “Create A Sim” feature below. Unfortunately, the creators of the game haven’t quite come out and said “gender is over,” but we all know that’s true anyway. The update is available today for free for all players who have the game’s previous ads.