The Sims 4 Skin Tones

The Sims 4 is finally addressing one of its most persistent and annoying issues: Getting a character with the exact skin tone you want is an exercise in futility. There’s very little variety in darker skin tones, and many of the ones that do exist are blotchy and weird-looking. If you want to build a diverse world in the current version of The Sims 4, you’re going to have an uphill battle ahead of you — one that’s full of compromise and frustration.

But with an upcoming patch, skin tones are being addressed. Finally. The Sims 4 originally launched in September of 2014, and I’m writing this at the end of 2020. This has been a problem for a very long time.

So when is this patch scheduled to hit? Well, the answer is complicated.

The first phase of the update is live on PC (it launched October 6), and it will be going live on consoles in just a few days (November 10), just in time for the Snowy Escape expansion pack. This update simply addresses the blotchiness of darker skin tones. It’s a start, but it doesn’t get us where we need to go.

The Sims 4 Skin Tones

Phase 2 is the real kicker. Phase 2 is adding more than 100 new skin tones, hue sliders, and update base game hairstyles. This is set to launch at some point in December (I have yet to see a specific date for this).

So it looks like you’ll finally be able to create a world in The Sims 4 that’s as diverse as the real world, and that’s pretty cool.

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