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The character creation tool in The Sims 4 is already pretty robust. But now, with the game’s latest update, it’s about to become more flexible. Today, game developer Maxis announced that it’s expanding the gender customization options by opening up a range of range of new choices for players. If you want your male character to dress up in high heels and a dress, now you can. If you want your female character in a dapper three-piece suit and cropped hair, you can do that too. “For the first time, you’ll be able to customize your sims without the gender boundaries previously set in place,” says the developer.
“The update gives players more ways to reflect the world around them, or in their imaginations, creating the sims and the stories they want,” says lead producer Lyndsay Pearson.
“Our players are constantly engaged in a conversation with us about The Sims, and they’re always requesting more of everything,” says Pearson. “We always have an incredibly long list of things we want to add to the game, and so much of that list comes directly from player feedback. In this case, players have been asking why certain hairstyles, clothing, and other options were limited to one gender or the other… We also saw it as an awesome chance to continue to nurture what’s always been an inclusive environment for all our players.” The development team also consulted with GLAAD on the update to ensure the changes were respectful.
There are a plethora of add-ons and expansions for the game as well. Since The Sims 4’s launch in 2014, there have been two major expansion packs, plus over a half dozen add-ons. With this new update, the game has more than 700 pieces of in-game content that both male and female characters can now use.
Source: The Verge