Maxis has announced on the Sims official website that the latest update comes with an expanded Create A Sim mode, which gives players more options to customize their Sim’s gender. It will be funny to make a male Sim character wear high heels and jewelry or to dress a female Sim character as a man and to cut her hair. “For the first time, you’ll be able to customize your sims without the gender boundaries previously set in place,” said the developer.
Maxis had one year to work on this update and it took so long because the developers had to think about adapting gender-specific content such as clothes and hairstyles, in order to look good on Sims, no matter if it’s a male or female. Lead producer Lyndsay Pearson said that “The update gives players more ways to reflect the world around them, or in their imaginations, creating the sims and the stories they want,” and players can use expansions and add-ons to customize their Sims.
Since 2014, when The Sims 4 has been launched, Maxis has brought two major expansion packs, as well as add-on packs containing new items and features. Currently, there are over 700 pieces that can be used for both genders and players are now able to dress their Sims “in any attire, give them short, long or styled hair, or customize them with some personal accessories to top off their look. Through the addition of new filters and sorts in Create A Sim, what you do with these new options is entirely up to you,” has added Maxis, which assured that all new items are available for free.
The Sims 4 isn’t the first game that allows unfettered character customization. Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear has introduced a transgender character, but some players were outraged. Similar featured very gender fluid creation options are also found in Sunset Overdrive.