The Sims 4 is no stranger to regular updates, with a vibrant community of creatives building architecturally interesting homes and lively, maniacal Simmers. It’s a community that has thrived since conception, and one that Maxis rarely neglects.
This time Maxis has the Gallery Coarse language filter updatemeaning the gallery must be cleared of “unacceptable content,” according to the short blog post about the update.
“We are aware of and have seen a few selected instances of completely unacceptable content uploaded to The Sims 4 Gallery,” the statement read. “Our team has reviewed the profanity filter and made critical updates to help prevent this from happening again in the future.”
Maxis continues, “We are grateful for the community’s vigilance in helping us identify these inappropriate uploads so we can maintain a safe, creative environment for our players. We will continue to do our part by quickly removing offensive content that pops up, identifying and removing repeat offenders, and regularly reviewing the profanity filter in case updates are needed.
While Maxis hasn’t shared any examples of the content it’s removed from the gallery, nor details on exactly how the profanity filter was updated, you can imagine what type of content it went through the extra effort to get rid of.
Since The Sims 4 Gallery is a space where players can upload their own builds, families of Sims, and entire lots, there are plenty of ways for players to be creative and offensive at the same time. Maxis encourages players who encounter profane content to report it by using the ‘Flag This’ option in the game.
Players finding ways to create and share offensive content in the game is nothing new, but it’s nice to see Maxis combating the content with a sense of urgency.
We’ve also witnessed some wacky updates in the past that introduced somewhat unnecessarily inappropriate content to The Sims 4. In August, sexual orientation for Sims was added to the game.
However, a number of problems arose. There was a super fast aging bug that saw toddlers turn into elders in minutes, and whims that wished for inappropriate relationships with siblings and teens. This was also fixed pretty quickly, as you can imagine, but was still a funny accident.
It’s also worth noting that Project Rene, rumored to be The Sims 5, was recently announced. That’s why The Sims 4 was made completely free to play. You may have already picked it up for free on one of Origin’s many free weekends, but the game is now free to play in its entirety on both PC and consoles.