The Sims has removed all gender barriers.
EA has announced that new players now have no gender limits when customizing their characters. This means ‘male’ characters can have long hair, wear dresses, and ‘female’ characters can go as butch as they like.
Over 700 pieces of content will now be available to any gender.
In a statement, EA said they wanted to ‘make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sims’ gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more.’
The update has been worked on cor over a year, with GLAAD consulted to ensure EA was doing the right thing for the LGBTI community.
‘Female Sims can wear sharp men’s suits like Ellen DeGeneres, and male Sims can wear heels like Prince,’ Rachel Franklin, the executive producer of The Sims, said.
The Sims introduced same-sex relationships in 2000 and same-sex marriage in 2009.