EA’s popular life simulation series is set to receive its fourth main series installment later this year with The Sims 4 coming to PC and MAC. However, with the game allowing same-sex relationships, the primarily Teen-rated experience has been given a mature-only rating in Russia for reportedly clashing with their controversial stance on same-sex relationships amongst other things.
Announcing the rating on the official The Sims 4 Russia Twitter account (spotted by Ars Technica) the same law that drew worldwide attention for its homophobic elements has also given The Sims 4 a new rating in the country. The tweet read, “18+ [rating] has been assigned in accordance with the law number 436-FZ ‘On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.” Though nothing was addressed specially, some of what the law covers includes violent acts, drugs, and “unconventional sexual relationships.”
Homosexuality in the gaming space has become a trending topic as of late, evidenced by Nintendo excluding same-sex relationships from their own upcoming life simulation series, Tomodachi Life. What’s more, a Resident Evil writer recently defended and spoke to his decision of including a gay character in the popular series, bringing in to question the trope of “angry, violent, white men rescuing attractive, big-eyed, young girls.”
The Sims is currently, and always has been, a money maker for Electronic Arts, spawning numerous expansion packs with each entry. The series' mix of realistic and wacky elements has been drawing in a broad audience for over a decade, laying claim to the best-selling PC franchise in history. However, it has seen its share of controversy, with EA being brought to court over a cheat code presumably letting players see genitalia and pubic hair during intercourse between Sims in The Sims 2, though was later proven false.
So, g1s, what do you think? Will this seriously affect The Sims 4 sales in Russia? Does this make you upset? Leave your thoughts in the comments section down below!
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