The Sims will expand its palette of skin tones in an update coming to PC on October 6 and consoles on November 10. The update will start with an update on fixing the existing skin tones in October and in December The Sims will add “at least” a hundred new skin tone swatches with an emphasis on darker skin.
In a new blog, The Sims development team first confirmed that there are a blotchy artifact and ashy effect on its current palette of darker skin tones on high res computers. This will be addressed in the upcoming October update, along with an update to the two base game hairstyles.
Then in December, The Sims will expand its skin tone offerings by adding cool, neutral, and warm tones. There will also be a slider on all the swatches that will let you modify a selected tone to be lighter or darker for further customization.
Similarly, makeup in Creat-A-Sim will be further customizable to offer a new level of control over a Sims’ appearance.
The move follows a variety of other games adding deeper levels of character customization to better reflect different skint ones for players. World of Warcraft announced major additions to customization with both skin tones and facial structures for its characters.
For more, check out IGN’s review of The Sims 4.
Matt T.M Kim is a reporter for IGN.