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Devs refuse to compromise “the values we live by”

A screenshot of The Sims 4's Wedding Stories Pack, showing happy guests at a pink coloured wedding reception.

The Sims 4’s My Wedding Stories sport pack will launch subsequent week, introducing the “romantic world” of Tartosa and a set of recent wedding-themed objects and occasions to the storytelling toybox. Today, EA Maxis introduced that the pack wouldn’t be launched in Russia, nonetheless, the place homophobic legal guidelines would have required builders to compromise “the values we live by.”

As a part of the announcement, EA launched Dominique and Camille, two sims featured within the new growth.

“The ability to tell stories – any story – is at the core of what we do at The Sims. Holding back Cam and Dom’s story meant compromising the values we live by. We are committed to the freedom to be who you are, to love who you love and tell the stories you want to tell,” stated a put up on The Sims 4 web site.

“So what does that mean for you, our players? 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 “My Wedding Stories” where our storytelling would be subject to changes because of federal laws.”

That regulation was launched in 2013 and prohibits any content material accessible to individuals below the age of 18 from depicting LGBT relationships as regular. The regulation has been used to close down web sites which give data to LGBTQ youth, to restrict press freedom, and has coincided with a rise in violence towards LGBTQ individuals in Russia.

The Sims sequence has at all times allowed same-sex relationships and The Sims 4 obtained an 18+ ranking in Russia as a result of their inclusion. The better prominence of Dominque and Camille within the Wedding Stories pack would have seemingly triggered better points. “Regrettably, this means that members of The Sims community in Russia will not be able to purchase this game pack,” says The Sims Team’s put up.

My Wedding Stories will launch on February seventeenth through Origin and Steam.