THE creators behind popular simulation series The Sims have announced a free update that will remove gender boundaries from the game and allow players to change a character’s gender at any time.

Despite the series allowing people of the same sex to marry and have children, previously it had restricted clothing, hair styles and other looks to specific genders.

But Electronic Arts and Maxis have revealed the new free update will allow game players to create sims (virtual people) without gender restrictions.

Over 700 pieces of previously gender-specific content will now be available regardless of gender in The Sims 4.

The Sims 4 executive producer Rachel Franklin told AP that the update – which will allow women to wear suits and men to wear heels – had been under construction for over a year.

Lead producer Lyndsay Pearson said the Sims has long been an inclusive game for a diverse audience.

“We’re excited to see how players use the gender customisation options to express themselves and tell their stories,” Pearson said.

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