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The Sims 4 adds trans-inclusive top surgery body scars and binders

The Sims 4 dropped a huge update yesterday, adding a variety of new improvements to the popular life-sim. One particular inclusion stood out, because now trans The Sims 4 players are able to see themselves represented in new ways thanks to the addition of top surgery body scars, as well as binders.

Maxis highlighted the new changes on the official The Sims 4 Twitter account, with both It Gets Better and Xbox both celebrating the trans-inclusive update too.

It was only last year that The Sims 4 updated the game to allow players to give their Sims pronouns that suited them (they were previously dictated by body type), but as of recently it has become more obvious that the team over at Maxis have been working at making the popular series more and more inclusive to marginalized players.

The Sims 4 team explained that the trans-inclusve top surgery body scars could be found “under the same Body category, all players can find a Body Scars category with an option for Teen and older male Sims (masculine or feminine frame) to add a Top Surgery Scar to their Sims.”

Alongside body scars comes binders. These can be found under Tanks in the Tops category during Create-A-Sim (CAS) and can be used for teen and older Sims. There is also shapewear for Sims, which can be found in the Underwear category. With these options, players are able to shape their Sim however they please.

The Sims 4 is one of the biggest games in the industry, so for the team to include such trans-inclusive features is a huge win. A win that, hopefully, helps set the standards across the rest of the games industry that LGBTQIA+ players deserve to see themselves represented with care and consideration.

Alongside new trans-inclusive cosmetic features comes medical wearables, which includes hearing aids, as well as glucose monitors.

You can read the full update for The Sims 4 here.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.