EA's New Update Seems Less About Representation, More PR Control

Electronic Arts and The Sims 4 team announced Tuesday they will be adding “at least a hundred” new skin tones to The Sims 4 base game.

“We’ll be improving the blotchy artifacts and ashy appearance of darker skin tones on mid and high spec machines,” the team wrote in their statement addressing the upcoming changes.

The team says the swatches will have “a particular emphasis on darker skin tones” by December of this year. Each skin swatch will include its own slider for players to be able to modify the tones. Sliders will also be included in the makeup section of Create-A-Sim.

We won’t have to wait for December to see improvements being made to better the appearance of Sims of color. Before we can expect to diversify the skin color of our Sims, the team also announced the improvement of four base game hairstyles—two will be released on Oct. 6, and the other two will be released with the bigger update in December.


The desire for better representation in The Sims franchise is nothing new. Back in August, various YouTubers who play the life simulation game took to the video site to voice their concerns about the lack of skin tone variations.