The Sims has always engaged in unrealistic fantasies like “home ownership” and “having friends.” The new The Sims 4 Discover University DLC will add “STEM is actually cool” to the mix.
The announcement of the DLC was leaked a few weeks ago. But we now have a full announcement for The Sims 4 Discover University, accompanied by a trailer and what-not. Your Sims will now be able to enroll in a university, attend classes, increase skills, partake in the best of campus social life and not worry about college debt. It’s unclear whether you can do a PhD – though even The Sims would be unable to make that any fun.
The Sims 4 Discover University will offer the choice between the University of Britechester (historical, probably has some skeleton parts-related secret society) and Foxbury Institute (where your Sim mom wants you to go to learn to code). The newly-minted Sims-students will be able to choose between living in a dorm or off-campus. The bicycle will be the main mode of transport (and the trailer won’t let you forget it) and you’ll use it to get to all the cool campus activities you never managed to get into in real life.
Study hard, party even harder
The classes range from serious to weird, as is The Sims way. So while you will be able to get good at biology and art history, you’ll also be able to partake in classes on being a villain (no, not a euphemism for “business school”). Your Sim will have to complete projects, hand in papers and keep at least adequate class attendance.
Since “all work and no play” leads to burn out in The Sims 4 Discover University, your Sims will attend social gatherings where they’ll play… juice pong? Well, it’s a kid-friendly game after all, so all the soccer practices and hanging out with friends will be done sober. The more organized activities will involve joining the school robotics club (to build actual cool robots), secret societies (told ya!) and more.
Of course, The Sims 4 Discover University wouldn’t be a The Sims title if it didn’t have loads of cosmetics options for our favorite gibberish-speakers. You’ll also have the opportunity to furnish your dorm room, as any game featuring Sims where you don’t spend more time on decor than on simulated life is… probably The Sims Medieval when you think of it.
The Sims 4 Discover University will be out on November 15. You can already pre-order it on Origin. Will you be taking a dive into the life academic?