If you'd ever thought it'd be cool to dress your Sim in drag, Maxis has just made your dreams come true.
Hair buns for everyone
The free update was released just this week and it removed restrictions from hair styles, clothing and other options usually used to differentiate between the genders.
What does this mean? Well, your male Sims can now rock heels or hair buns if they want to or your female Sims can wear those board shorts or tuxedoes. Even voices and walk gaits can now be used for whichever gender character you choose; if you want Joe to have a high, squeaky voice or Sarah to have a low baritone, you can go ahead and do it ingame.
The update will affect over 700 pieces of ingame content that once had gender restrictions. Maxis said in its statement that it 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."
Players can also change their Sims gender whenever, as well as specify whether or not a Sim can reproduce with other characters.
This will be a welcome change for people such as the transgender community who often find themselves unrepresented in games. The Sims has set itself apart by allowing same-sex relationships in earlier versions of the game, though same-sex marriages were only introduced in Sims 3. Currently the latest version of the game is Sims 4, which has been churning out updates on a regular basis.
Electronic Arts (EA) publishes the game, which is developed by Maxis. The Sims has proven one of the most popular and enduring franchises in Maxis' lineup, allowing players to create virtual avatars playing in a simulated environment.