The Sims 4 is no stranger to regular updates, with a bustling community of creatives building architecturally interesting homes and lively, manic Simmers. It’s a community that has flourished since its conception, and one that Maxis rarely neglects.
This time, Maxis has dished with Gallery Banning Filter Updatewhich means flushing the gallery of all “unacceptable content,” according to the short blog post about the update.
“We are aware of and have seen a select few instances of completely unacceptable content that has been uploaded to The Sims 4 Gallery,” the statement read. “Our team has reviewed and made critical updates to the profanity filter to 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 appears up, identify and remove repeat offenders, and regularly review the profanity filter in case any updates need to be made.”
While Maxis didn’t share any examples of the content it’s removed from the gallery, or any details on exactly how the profanity filter has been updated, you can imagine the type of content it’s gone to the extra effort to get rid of.
Considering that The Sims 4 Gallery is a space where players can upload their own builds, families of Sims, and entire parties, there are plenty of ways for players to get creative, and offensive at the same time. Maxis encourages all players who come across profane content to report it using the in-game “Flag this” option.
Players finding ways to create and share offensive content in-game is nothing new, but it’s nice to see Maxis combating the content with a sense of urgency.
We’ve also witnessed some crazy updates in the past, introducing some inappropriate content to The Sims 4 unnecessarily. Back in August, sexual orientation for Sims was added to the game.
But alongside that came a couple of problems. There was a super-fast aging glitch that saw toddlers transform into elders within minutes, and whims that wanted inappropriate relationships with siblings and teenagers. This was also fixed fairly quickly, as you can imagine, but was a funny accident nonetheless.
It’s also worth noting that Project Rene, which is said to be The Sims 5, was announced recently. In light of this, The Sims 4 has been made completely free to play. You may have already picked it up for free during one of Origin’s many free weekends, but the game is now free to play in its entirety on both PC and consoles.