Sims LGBTQ+-Inclusive Game Pack Won't be Censored...or Available in Russia

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday February 10, 2022

A new game pack for The Sims 4 won't be censored to remove lesbian-themed content. But it also won't be sold in Russia, thanks to that country's notorious "No Homo Promo" law, The Gamer reported.

The game pack, titled "My Wedding Stories," includes "a lesbian romance that lasts a lifetime," The Gamer noted. "All the marketing — and the pack's cover design — centers around interracial lesbian couple Dominique and Camille."

The storyline follows the same-sex couple "from a dramatic first kiss to a vow renewal after years of marriage," the article goes on to say.

"While Simmers adored the drama and diversity in this story, those in Russia will not be able to purchase the pack due to it being withheld from sale by the Sims team," the report adds, "due to the country's strict censorship laws" against content with LGBTQ+ themes.

EA, the company behind The Sims, explained their decision to stick by the story of Dom and Cam, and, knowing that the game would run up against censorship laws in Russia, not to sell the pack there.

"Holding back Cam and Dom's story meant compromising the values we live by," EA said in a statement. "We are committed to the freedom to be who you are, to love who you love and tell the stories you want to tell."

The statement went on to add, "We are steadfast in upholding that commitment by shining a light on and celebrating stories like Dom and Cam's, so we have made the decision to forgo the release of 'Wedding Stories' where our storytelling would be subject to changes because of federal laws."

Such changes would not be true to the product in any case. The Gamer noted that Dom and Cam are "central to the pack," and added, "Not only do they feature in the trailer, but they are also on the game pack's cover, in the screenshots used for promotion, and even have their own wedding website."

The Gamer reported that EA is being lauded for "refusing to bow to restrictions regarding its content," and added that "The Sims team continues to fly the flag for LGBTQ+ rights, prioritizing diversity over profit."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.