Earlier this year, The Sims 4 removed gender restrictions on a variety of character customisation features in an effort to make the game more inclusive. New features included making all voice audio available for characters, the ability to decide whether a character can be pregnant/can get someone pregnant, and making several hundred hairstyles and pieces of clothing available for all characters too.
The move was widely applauded by trans and non-binary gamers in particular who said that The Sims 4’s changes allowed them to make character that better represented themselves, with few games featuring trans characters or those that don’t identity with the gender binary. However, the game’s unisex clothing has a major glitch and now The Sims 4 team is vowing to fix it.
The Sims 4 Unisex Clothing Glitch
In a post on reddit, one Sims 4 players explains that while they “really loved” the idea of unisex clothing, in practice, the “implementation is horrid.” Images accompanying the post (which you can see above) show how although the feminine shorts option shows up fine on the feminine character model, masculine shorts (and pants) “warp weirdly” (note the grey seam on the midriff in the image on the right) and they also show up when the feminine clothing filter is switched on too.
Another Sims 4 player chimed in, saying that although they “love that they did the update” and “appreciate how much work it must have taken,” “triangle chests” and masculine shirts that look “peculiar” on feminine character models are still a problem.
Responding to the two players’ issues, Daniel Hiatt (SimGuruDaniel) who is a designer on the game, says that the team is “aware that some assets translate worse than others between body types” and is “in the process of fixing them up.”
Players can expect The Sims 4’s unisex clothing issues to be improved in future patches, says Hiatt, which should be good news for those who love the feature but aren’t so fond of how it works in practice.
Have you encountered any Sims 4 issues? Have you used the unisex clothing options when creating your Sims? Leave a comment and let us know.