Developers working on The Sims 4 are working to fix a frustrating issue that’s popped up in the freshly-released game, preventing gamers from uploading content to the in-game Gallery if the content references homosexuality.
European YouTuber Why Stuff Is Great first spotted the issue, posting a video to her channel.
Slightly more serious than the mosaic bug from last week, EA seems to be blocking fans from sharing avatars with words like “homosexual”, “lesbian”, “queer” or “gay” in the name or description, despite these characters freely able to be designed in the game.
The error message rules out any possibility that it’s something else preventing the share, with the game stating simply that the name or description “contains a forbidden word”.
That said, it almost seems like EA and Maxis were unaware of the restriction, telling the media that the game “has a long history of supporting stories that players want to tell, irrespective of gender preference”.
Instead, the fault may lie in the automated filtering system used by the Gallery, which is catching words like those mentioned. EA reassures fans the team is “working on a fix”, which should be out soon. The Sims 4 is out now for PC.