The Sims 4 To Add LGBTQ+ Pride Items With It Gets Better Project Partnership
June is Pride Month, and there are many LGBTQ+ celebrations that take place around the world. During the EA Play event ahead of E3 2019, the company announced that The Sims 4 will be getting a suite of new pride-themed items to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The new items come as a partnership with the It Gets Better project, a nonprofit that works on uplifting LGBTQ+ people; additions include clothing as well as a gender-neutral bathroom door, which is currently unavailable in the game.
PC players will get access to the new pride items beginning June 18th, while console players will get them in July. The content is also coming to The Sims Freeplay and The Sims Mobile in June. The announcement did not specify, however, whether the items will be available for purchase or if they're simply free additions.
The Sims series has a long history of being inclusive of different sexualities and identities. Beginning in the original game, Sims could form romantic relationships with anyone regardless of gender or their dating history. In The Sims 4, there are now options for transgender Sims, and while binary, they are much more than most character creators currently offer. The upcoming gender-neutral bathroom door seems like a step in a more nonbinary-inclusive direction for the game.
In other Sims news, The Sims 4's seventh expansion, Island Living, was announced. The expansion adds a new world called Sulani, which is largely based in Polynesian culture, and includes new features like mermaids. Island Living launches on PC on June 21 and then on consoles on July 16.
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