EA Modifies The Sims 4 Expansion pack and Trailer Out of Consideration for Korean Players
By Liz Lanier
Not long after being revealed, the upcoming Sims 4 expansion, Snowy Escape, has stirred up a bit of controversy for EA. The trailer for the game displayed some things that upset Korean players due to being reminiscent of Japanese imperialism, and alterations have been made as a result, according to
The Sims producer Graham Nardone, as spotted by Sims Community.
In the original trailer revealed last Tuesday, a sim is shown wearing a yellow kimono with sun emblems similar to those seen on the old Japanese flag during the Korean occupation of 1910-45. A sim is also shown bowing at a Shinto shrine.
In the new trailer, the kimono's sun patterns were removed, and the other sim now looks with bemusement at the shrine. You can check the changes out for yourself below.
Nardone commented on Twitter about the trailer as well as the expansion pack itself's changes.
"Specifically, we will not have Sims bow in front of shrines in the world of Mt. Komorebi," Nardone said of next month's release. "Further, we've adjusted some patterns on clothing and objects within Snowy Escape that unintentionally evoked imagery with painful historic meaning."
Nardone emphasized EA and The Sims production team's commitment to respectful inclusion of other cultures.
"We’re unwavering in our commitment to representing more of our player’s lives in an authentic and respectful way," Nardone said.