The Sims 4’s Snowy Escape DLC has been modified “to respect” Korean players

EA is making changes to The Sims 4's upcoming Snowy Escape content pack following criticism from South Korean players. The criticism initially came in reaction to the trailer for the Japanese-inspired DLC that went up last week. Players went on to explain (thanks, SimsCommunity) that they believed some of the imagery involved was problematic for several reasons. The first scene involves someone bowing to a shrine, whereas the second moment features a sim wearing an item of clothing that includes a symbol bearing a resemblance to the Rising Sun flag. As people explained in the comments at the time, shrine worship was enforced in the country when it was under Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945. As for the flag, it it commonly seen as a symbol of Japanese imperialism in Korea and China. In the build up to the Tokyo Olympics, South Korea has called for it to be banned for similar reasons. In response, Sims 4 producer Graham Nardone took to Twitter to share that EA has altered the trailer and that the changes would also be reflected in the DLC pack when it launches. "We will not have Sims bow in front of shrines in the world of Mt. Komorebi," he says. "Further, we've adjusted some patterns on clothing and objects within Snowy Escape that unintentionally evoked imagery with painful historic meaning.

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