The Sims Team Issues Statement After Recent Backlash From The Community
After much harsh criticism from The Sims 4 community over the latest game pack (The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu) the Sims Team finally responded with a letter to address the concerns that have many Simmers questioning the franchises loyalty to diversity and inclusion. In a tweet linking to that letter from The Sims Twitter account the issued an apology for a slow response and assured the community that they were listening to the comments and concerns of Simmers across the world.
Hey Simmers, we apologize for the slow response to recent concerns and want to let you know we hear you. The Sims universe is always growing, but we know we need to keep you up to date as best we can. Here is an update from Sims GM Lyndsay Pearson. https://t.co/si2OaFf897
— The Sims (@TheSims) September 3, 2020
The letter from The Sims team covered a few different points that the Sims community has been vocal about, including skin tones. They stated “We are working on adding significantly more skin tones before the end of the year, and will share news on our progress soon. Beyond that, we’re committed to continuing to expand representation in The Sims 4. This is not one step, but a journey.” They also stated that the will be showing more information about the next expansion pack soon but that it would not contain the changes sought after by the community.
The Sims team also went into detail about having to work though foundational technology in order to meet player expectations and that it takes time. They also said that because of the time it does take they don’t usually update the player base until those projects are closer to becoming real. The Sims team also touched base on the new work-from-home enviroment which eluded to the impact of COVID-19 on the development team like so many others are experiencing.
The team also stated that “As a team, we are going to make more of an effort to communicate what’s coming with more regularity and transparency so that you continue to feel in the loop about new features, experiences, packs, and general information.”
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Those who are interested in The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu can purchase it on September 8th on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.\
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