Last week, EA announced that they would not be releasing the upcoming “My Wedding Stories” game pack for The Sims 4 in Russia because it would be subjected to changes due to the country’s federal laws. However, today EA revealed that, after the feedback from the community, “My Wedding Stories” will be released in Russia after all.
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The new game pack adds a new in-game world called Tartosa, a new wedding planning feature, and new items for Create-A-Sim and Build Mode. Everything is centered around new Sims Dominique Umeh and Camille Soto, two women who became friends that blossomed into romance.
The new letter by The Sims team detailing the reason for the decision reads:
“To our Simmers, Last week, we shared the below update about our upcoming game pack “My Wedding Stories.” At the time, we believed that our team could not freely share the storytelling of same-sex couple Cam and Dom in Russia and decided the best way to uphold our commitment to sharing their story was to not release this pack there.
Since then, we’ve been listening to the outpouring of feelings from our community including both support for our decision and concern for their fellow community members. It’s equally important for us to stand by our values, including standing against homophobia, and to share stories like this with those who want and need it most.
With this in mind, we’ve reassessed our options and realized we can do more than we initially believed and we will now release The Sims 4 “My Wedding Stories” Game Pack to our community in Russia, unaltered and unchanged, featuring Dom and Cam.
We want the entire Sims community to be able to celebrate together, so we’re pushing the global release of “My Wedding Stories” to February 23 – including in Russia.
Love is love, and The Sims community will continue to be a safe space for those who want to see a world where that is true for everyone. We are thankful for the support of our team and our values even when it is hard. Thank you for being a part of The Sims.”