Developer Maxis and publisher EA have announced a new update for The Sims 4, which released back in September of 2014.
The free update, which will release today for the game, will provide players with new opportunities for gender customization options.
All gender-based restrictions on clothing, accessories, speech-style, haircut and gait have now been removed, meaning players can customize their character in any way, regardless of their biological sex.
Maxis and EA announced the news via an article in The Associated Press, with Maxis stating that they wanted to “make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sims’ gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more”.
As a result of this update, over 700 pieces of content previously available to only male or female Sims will now be accessible to any character in the game.
The Sims 4 executive producer, Rachel Franklin, also told The Associated Press that Maxis worked closely with the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD on the project, who acted as a consultative sounding board for the changes to the game. The organization, for example, suggested that Maxis remove the gender symbols associated with sims characters in the game’s gallery.
The Sims games have featured same-sex relationship options ever since it’s first release back in 2000, but gender customization options have been fairly limited until today.