A new ones Sims 4 Updating released yesterday added new pronoun options to the latest entry in EA’s long-running life simulator. This update allows players to set their Sims’ pronouns, including fully custom ones, without the use of mods on all platforms that The Sims 4 available on.
The highly anticipated feature was first teased back in January, when EA and Sims developer Maxis first announced plans to add more pronouns until The Sims 4† Before this update, gender and pronouns in The Sims 4 worked the same way as in the past Sims games, where each Sim has a binary choice between he/she and him/her. Now players can choose to give them a Sim or even create custom pronouns.
The new options can be found in the Create-a-Sim section of the game, where you build characters to play with in the game. Previously, the top left corner of this section had an option titled “Hello, my name is…” and players could name their Sim. Now that button has been modified and reads: “Hello, my name and pronouns are …”. Making your pronouns is a bit complicated – quickly, do you know what a possessive 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 made with the help of GLAAD and the It Gets Better Project. Before the update, players could change several gender options, such as whether a Sim preferred male or female clothing, or whether they could get pregnant. †This was all added in 2016.) But whatever options players chose, they would still have to settle for masculine or feminine pronouns, making it difficult and frustrating for people to create non-binary or genderfluid Sims. Now the game will use player-specified pronouns everywhere, including during pop-up notifications and in menus. This is 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 on improving the update. It warns that some grammatical issues can arise during certain parts of the game due to the way pronouns are handled and how complex The Sims 4 is.
EA also explained that the new update is only available in English, although it has plans to add the new pronoun options to more languages in the future. Still, it’s a big and welcome change that will benefit many players and allow them to really be themselves in the game. The update is now available on all platforms.