While EA continues to tease Project Rene, a new The Sims 4 update is praised for adding binders and top surgery scars for transgender Sims.
Back in 2016, EA and developer Maxis removed all gender limitations from The Sims 4, allowing transgender players to create Sims that better resembled themselves.
Since them, The Sims 4 has tried to be as inclusive as possible, with its latest update adding binders and shapewear cosmetics, as well as the option to give male Sims a top surgery scar.
Not only that, but there’s now a new medical wearables category that contains a hearing aid option (that comes in 15 different colours) and a glucose monitor for the arms or lower abdomen.
These aren’t the only inclusions in the new update. There are some other minor additions, such as a new light switch for the game’s build mode and general build mode improvements for the console versions of the game.
It’s the addition of binders (primarily used to flatten breasts) and medical wearables, though, that has garnered the most attention and praise from players, since they allow for more accurate representation.
EA and Maxis have also announced a new Behind the Sims community series which aims to keep players in the loop regarding content updates, the game’s development, and news on the eventual The Sims 5, currently codenamed Project Rene.
In fact, the first playtest for the game has recently wrapped up, after primarily focusing on furniture customisation. EA and Maxis admit that this was but a tiny slice of the game, though, and that nothing is set in stone.
‘This is just the start of a long journey, and we’re still years out from the launch of Project Rene. But things are moving and we’ll continue to share our progress with you!,’ reads the update.
As for future The Sims 4 updates, the long-awaited infant update (which will free babies from their cribs) is scheduled for March 14.
A new expansion pack is also being announced tomorrow on Thursday, February 2, which will introduce a new family called the Michaelsons.
There’s no mention of how frequent these Behind the Sims updates will be, but hopefully they’ll do a good job of keeping fans informed, especially with regards to Project Rene.
The Sims 4 is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.