EA recently announced a new title coming to the Sims line-up : The Sims Medieval. Not much has been revealed about the game. We do know that there will be quests and many possible roles to play: kings, queens, blacksmiths, and wizards are among the ones listed so far. Many stories or games involving medieval times focus on the notion of a daring prince going out to rescue a damsel in distress or a beautiful princess. But The Sims has always allowed players to create their own stories in their virtual worlds. Will we see some self rescuing princesses in the new game, similar to the Paper Bag Princess children’s book? Will we be able to have a Princess fall in love with and marry another Princess?
The Sims franchise has a long standing tradition of allowing same-sex relationships in their games. The Sims original game allowed for same sex couples back in 2000. They could fall in love and live together happily (or unhappily depending how you wanted to play the game). The original game did not allow for same-sex marriage, but in 2004 The Sims 2 took a step in the right direction with “Joint Unions” of gay couples in game. In 2009, The Sims 3 was released and gay couples in the game were given the same right as the heterosexual couples and were allowed to marry. So a question remains: Will The Sims Medieval take a step back in time and remove same sex couples or it will it retrofit future rights to the time of castles and blacksmiths and allow love and marriage for same sex couples in the game? It will be very interesting to read more news about this game as it gets closer to release. Personally, I look forward to a marriage between two Princesses.