For the first time in the game's 16 year history, players will be able to create characters without any gender restrictions, as a new update will make previously gendered items available to all characters.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

3 Jun 2016 - 2:26 PM  UPDATED 3 Jun 2016 - 2:26 PM

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Dishonored 2 will feature LGBTQI characters when it's released in November, EA has announced that it will be removing gender barriers from future updates of The Sims 4.

The new update, available next Thursday, will "allow players to create Sims with any type of physique, walk style or voice," reports NBC News.

'Dishonored 2' video game will feature LGBT characters
Harvey Smith, creator of 'Dishonored 2', confirmed that the new game will feature LGBT characters, as well as more people of colour, as part of an effort to "be more reflective of how the world works".

The update will make all the content previously restricted to sims of a specific gender accessible to everyone. This will mean that clothing, hairstyling, body type and other gendered items will now be available to all characters, and will mean that characters will be able to be created as transgender for the first time.

The company said that the update came from a desire to "make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sims' gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more."