A New The Sims 4 update released yesterday added new pronoun options to the latest entry in EA’s long-running life simulator. With this update, players will be able to define their Sims’ pronouns, including fully custom pronouns, without using mods on all platforms that The Sims 4 is available at.
The long-awaited feature was first announced in January, when EA and sims Maxis developer first announced plans to add more pronouns for The Sims 4. Prior to this update, gender and pronouns in The Sims 4 worked the same way as before sims games, locking each Sim to a binary choice between him and her. Now players can choose to give them to a Sim or even create custom pronouns.
The new options are in the Create-a-Sim section of the game, where you create characters to play as in the game. Previously, the top left corner of this section had an option labeled “Hello, my name is… .” and players could name their Sim. Now this button has been changed to read “Hello, my name and pronouns are….”. Making your pronouns is a bit tricky – quick, do you know what a possessive dependent pronoun is? – but EA has added some sample sentences to help people easily create their own pronouns.
EA has also confirmed that you can change your Sims’ pronouns whenever you want.
This new update was created with help from GLAAD and the It Gets Better Project. Prior to the update, players could change different gender options, such as whether a Sim preferred male or female clothing, or whether they could get pregnant. (Everything was added in 2016.) But no matter what options players choose, they would still have to settle for either male or female pronouns, which would make it difficult and frustrating for people to create non-binary or gender-specific Sims. The game will now use player-specified pronouns, including during pop-up notifications and in menus. It’s a big step forward in making an already fairly progressive franchise more open and accessible to everyone.
However, EA warns that the team is still working to improve the update. He warns that some grammar issues might appear during certain parts of the game due to the way pronouns are handled and the complexity The Sims 4 is.
EA also explained that the new update is only available in English, although it plans to add the new pronoun options to other languages in the future. Still, it’s a significant and welcome change that will benefit many players and allow them to truly be themselves in the game. The update is now live on all platforms.
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