Sims 4 pronouns update revealed. An important update has arrived for The Sims 4. The Sims 4 will allow players to personalize their pronouns, Electronic Arts announced Tuesday. The feature was first offered in January, but the update is now live. In The Sims 4’s Create-a-Sim mode, players will be able to pick gender pronouns— they/them, she/her, or he/him — as well as establish their own.
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Only English pronouns are available at the moment, but more languages will be added in the future, according to Electronic Arts.
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How to change a Sim’s pronoun?
Changing a Sim’s pronoun is as simple as editing other characteristics about the Sim. It starts in Create-a-Sim. The “Hello, my name is …” button up top is now “Hello, my name and pronouns are …”. When you click on that, a text field will appear where you can choose pronouns or create your own – if you select the second option, you’ll have to fill in some pronoun forms, including subjective and objective variants.
The Sims 4 will automatically use the correct pronouns for each Sim. The game formerly used body type-specific pronouns such as “he” or “she.” If a player wanted to customize any of the options in that panel, optional customizations allowed them to be more flexible with gender. Players were also able to decide if their Sims preferred masculine or feminine clothes, whether they can get pregnant, and whether they should sit on the toilet. These modifications were implemented in 2016.
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The choices were key to gender-diverse players, but they had to constantly be misgendered in pop-ups and in-game messages throughout The Sims 4. Every time a Sim arrives home from work, the game’s narrator addresses them as “he” or “she,” and it occasionally refers to Sims as male or female. Players who modify their pronouns will notice them altered in these locations of the game with the new update.
The Sims 4 still includes terms related to gender, such as “Policeman” and “Policewoman,” according to Electronic Arts, which acknowledged that the team has “more work to do in order for the game to be more inclusive of all genders.”