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Next time Sims 4 Enlargement –High school years— has been released, it will be accompanied by a major experience update that will introduce a new feature for all players: the “Sexual Orientation” toggle.

Although your Sims have long been able to enjoy same-sex relationships in the game (in addition always was able to make direct connections), this upcoming update will allow players to make a number of choices and transitions when starting the game, allowing for more flexibility and customization when it comes to who your Sim can connect with.

SimGuruJessica, design lead High school years Enlargement, writes on the game’s website:

With Sexual Orientation, you’ll be able to set a number of attractive settings for your Sim. This is a simple, affirmative statement of who your Sim is attracted to. If a Sim that doesn’t match your Sim’s gender attraction settings attempts to romantically engage with your Sim, they will be rejected.

You can check any combination of charm boxes (including all or none) to reflect your sim’s romantic orientation.

These boxes – and you can change these options later in the game using a mirror or cabinet – look like this:

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SimGuruJessica points out that while this is a good start, it’s just a start and there’s clearly more work to be done here. Gender options are limited to “male” and “female”, perhaps the biggest problem, although this is currently limited to the game’s code, not the team:

Going forward, we’ll be able to expand this to include additional gender identities that we don’t currently have.

I understand that there will be concerns about the gender binary of the primaries here. Mechanically, non-binary Strings are not yet available in TS4. While we’ve made great progress in representing non-binary Sims by updating pronouns, we recognize that pronouns are not the same thing as gender identities. We understand that we still have a ways to go on this.

When it comes to disabling the feature (and remember, this will hit for all Players as part of the base game, not just everyone buys High school expansion), well lol:

Can I disable this feature?

No. While we strive to enable players to toggle certain game features, LGBTQIA+ identities are a fact of life and not a switch that can be toggled on and off.

Before we go, while this update and much of the news surrounding it rightly focuses on the increased options and capabilities available to your Sims, there’s a different, funnier way to look at it:

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