Sims 4 is introducing sexual orientation in a free update later this month

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Sims 4 is introducing sexual orientation in a free update later this month

So far, The Sims 4 has presented itself as an enthusiastically flexi-sexual world, where every Sim is open to at least considering any attempts at recruiting and WooHooing. However, that will soon change with an upcoming update that will give players the ability to define their Sims’ sexual orientation in a way that better reflects the real world.

Part of a free update accompanying The Sims 4’s next major expansion, High School Years, launching July 28, the feature adds a new Sexual Orientation tab to the game’s Create-A-Sim screen . Here, players have the opportunity to tinker with three settings that affect how Sims interact with others in the game.

The first option allows players to choose whether a Sim will be romantically attracted to men, women, both, or neither, meaning they will reject romantic advances from Sims who don’t fit that profile. Incidentally, when discussing the feature during its recent livestream, developer Maxis explained that it currently uses binary gender terms (despite efforts to add more inclusive pronoun options) for technical reasons related to how The Sims 4 is based on an eight-year-old. architecture, is currently working on gender behind the scenes. However, it notes that it hopes to expand the feature to include more gender identities over time.

Here’s how the new sexual orientation options will appear in Create-A-Sim.

Besides the option to choose who a Sim is romantically attracted to, there is also the option to choose whether a Sim is still romantically exploring, which can be used for those Sims who are still finding things out. When this option is set to Yes, a Sim’s orientation can change over time as they encounter new situations, date more people, and so on.

And then the final option in Maxis’ original version of the feature lets players choose whether a Sim is interested in physical intimacy (eg, WooHooing for adults, fooling around for teens) with males, females, both, or neither. Maxis says the hope is that this option, when used in conjunction with the romance settings, will give players more flexibility to create characters that fall under both asexual and aromantic identities.

The Sims 4 – High School Years: Official Reveal Trailer.

All of Maxis’ Sims from high school onwards will use the new sexual orientation settings, but the developer says older Sims will not be updated to do so. However, it is possible to change any Sim’s sexual orientation by importing them into CAS. As for Sims that aren’t given explicit settings, by default they will have no romantic attraction, will romantically explore, and be interested in physical intimacy with both genders – effectively how Sims currently function.

And while we’re on the subject of physical intimacy, Maxis introduces an additional in-game option related to the old WooHoo. Known as WooHoo Partners, it gives adult Sims the opportunity to form a friends-with-benefits-style relationship with others, meaning they can be physically intimate without a romantic bond.

These aren’t the only additions coming as part of The Sims 4’s next free update either; As previously announced, all players will receive new body hair options (however, body hair growth and hair care are exclusive to the High School Years expansion), and Maxis has now announced that a version of The Sims 2 will also be available returns to the series after a long absence.

With the arrival of the free update, all Sims can show up to three possible wishes, each falling into one of three categories: long-term, short-term, and reactionary. The latter is related to a Sim’s current situation, so they might want a drink when they go to a bar or want to work out when they go to the gym.

Fear, meanwhile, will affect how Sims react to certain things throughout their lives – for example, shying away from fire once they’ve gained a fear of fire. These can stay with a Sim forever, but at certain times players have the ability to get their Sims to face their fears head-on, perhaps putting out flames if a fire starts, which will conquer that fear if she is successful.

All of this will be discussed in more detail in the latest Maxis livestream, along with a host of other new additions coming as part of The Sims 4’s High School Years expansion. There is also a separate blog post that takes a closer look at the new sexual orientation features. Both the expansion and the free update will be released on July 28 for PC and consoles.

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