The Russian authorities is notoriously homophobic, to the purpose the place a legislation was handed in 2013 that everybody outdoors of Russia merely refers to because the ‘Russian homosexual propaganda legislation’. Which works a protracted option to explaining why EA received’t be releasing the newest Sims enlargement within the area.
In a weblog put up referred to as Our Dedication to You: A Letter To Our Gamers from The Sims Group, builders Maxis clarify that one of many wedding-themed enlargement’s storylines—involving a same-sex marriage between two characters—was “not one thing we may freely share world wide”, and particularly, the staff wished to “clarify the choice we’ve made to not launch this pack in Russia.”
It comes right down to a easy alternative: the staff may inform the tales they wished to inform and keep away from the Russian market, upsetting some native followers, or they might water down their content material to satisfy the wants of sure “federal legal guidelines” and launch the sport within the nation. They’ve chosen the previous.
Right here’s the letter in full:
Celebrating Love, Your Method
Over time, you’ve delighted us with the methods your Sims have discovered love and celebrated that love via weddings in our base recreation. You’ve additionally shared with us your eagerness to stroll down the aisle, have your Sims take their seats and shed a tear of pleasure as you made a lifelong dedication.
Once we got down to create “My Wedding ceremony Tales” this was the imaginative and prescient we had for our international group: the enjoyment of discovering love, celebrating that love and telling tales which have which means on a private stage.
Imagining the tales our gamers will inform with our packs is on the coronary heart of every little thing we create. For “My Wedding ceremony Tales,” we have been excited to introduce you to Dom and Cam. Their love story displays the lived experiences of so many members of our group and staff.
As we moved via our growth and model storytelling course of, we grew to become conscious that the best way we wished to inform Cam and Dom’s story wouldn’t be one thing we may freely share world wide.
A Dedication to Our Values
The power to inform tales – any story – is on the core of what we do at The Sims. Holding again Cam and Dom’s story meant compromising the values we dwell by. We’re dedicated to the liberty to be who you’re, to like who you’re keen on and inform the tales you wish to inform.
So what does that imply for you, our gamers? We’re steadfast in upholding that dedication by shining a lightweight on and celebrating tales like Dom and Cam’s, so we now have made the choice to forgo the discharge of “My Wedding ceremony Tales” the place our storytelling could be topic to modifications due to federal legal guidelines.
Regrettably, which means members of The Sims group in Russia will be unable to buy this recreation pack.
To our Simmers world wide, we’re grateful to have you ever in our universe.
With love and gratitude,
The Sims Group