The Sims 4 has been given an 18+ rating in Russia thanks to its inclusion of gay relationships.
Word of the rating was tweeted by the Russian Sims twitter account
, and Ars Technica
translated it as follows: "18+ [rating] has been assigned in accordance with the law number 436-FZ 'On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development’.”
The controversial 436-FZ law bans the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors." It attracted protests and prompted concerns for the safety of athletes during the Sochi Winter Olympics earlier in the year.
By comparison, EA has put a provisional 12+ PEGI rating on The Sims 4
's European box art, and if it follows past games in the series will get a 'T' (13+) in the States and and 'M' (15+) in Australia.
This comes hot on the heels of controversy around Nintendo's failure to include same sex marriage in Tomodachi Life