The probable next installment of a Sims 4 University expansion pack has been accidentally leaked on a Microsoft digital storefront which has since been removed.
Third-party sellers are no stranger to leaked listings and it would appear that Microsoft has been the most recent large supplier of games to accidentally leak information on an upcoming game.
One of their digital storefronts appears to have placed a pre-order page for the next Sims 4 expansion pack titled The Sims 4: Discover University.
The Sims series’ are known for their multitude of packs, coming in various forms such as full game Expansion Packs, Stuff Packs and the newer Game Packs that were introduced with The Sims 4.
Expansion Packs usually offer substantial gameplay additions and add a lot to the game while Stuff Packs generally contain clothing and items and Game Packs are a blend of both – being less substantial than an Expansion Packs but with more content than a Stuff Packs.
The most recent Game Pack, for example, added magic into the world of The Sims:
The leak comes as no surprise as many in The Sims community have predicted that the next Sims 4 expansion pack would be a University-based game, and it appears that they were correct.
The leak appears to be for the Xbox One game console rather than the flagship PC series, and the date gives a good indicator of a possible release window for the expansion.
Typically, console versions of Sims 4 EP’s release around one month after the PC/Mac release, which according to the leak sets a release of the next expansion at around 15th November.
Update: various retailers, including CD Keys have the release date marked as 15th November.
If the leak is genuine, and it seems to be, the details provided of the Sims 4: Discover University make the upcoming EP sound very exciting indeed.
Settle into School
The first piece of information sheds some light on the new game world:
Welcome to Britechester! Begin a new chapter for your Sim when they enroll in the historical University of Britechester or modern Foxbury Institute. Live in a dorm or off-campus, explore Britechester on a bicycle, spend time in the student commons, and have a study session at the library. Cheer on the student body at a school spirit event and wear school colors to show your Sim’s pride.
- A new town named Britechester
- 2 educational establishments: Britechester University and the Foxbury Institute
- Common areas for students
- Study Session social interactions
- Unique University clothing
The next piece of information relates to the actual subjects a Sim can learn and how it affects them generally:
Sims enroll in the University that piques their interest, finding classes in biology, computer science, art history, and even villainy. Attend a lecture or work on term papers and presentations – the more your Sim learns, the better they will be in careers like teaching, law, and engineering. Going to classes or blowing them off will affect your Sim’s grades, so time management is a must.
- Multiple classes
- Term Papers
- Better grades will impact career aspects
Meet, Mingle and Explore
There are also details on extra and social activities that Sims can undertake while at University:
How your Sim embraces college life is up to them. They can study all night to complete homework or chill out and sleep in. And, with activities like juice pong, juggling a soccer ball, and hanging out with roommates, taking a break has never been so fun! Plus, your Sim can join school organizations like robotics, debate, art, or even a mysterious secret society. As the school year progresses, Sims become their best selves and discover who they are meant to be.
- All-nighter studying
- Fun activities: Juice Pong, soccer
- Clubs: robotics, debating and art
- Secret Society
Express Your Campus Style
The final piece of information relates to Sims’ living arrangements and appearance:
Make your Sim’s space cozy with dorm room decor that reflects their personality with objects like posters and a mini-fridge. Then, develop their personal style in any way you choose, whether wearing late-for-class sweatpants or their best-self slacks, there’s always a way to show school spirit or impress a classmate.
- Dorm/Unversity specific decor
- Items suitable for dorms such as mini-fridges
- Multiple new clothing items: sweatpants, slacks
It appears that this will be a very substantial expansion pack, as Sims 4 EP’s usually are.
A new world is always welcome and Brietchester sounds like it will be more than just the University and an actual city containing educational establishments as well as the usual commercial and residential areas.
As great as University life sounds in The Sims 4, the extra activities that the expansion will bring sound very exciting such as bikes and soccer and I’m sure there will be a multitude of collectibles and secrets to uncover as well as new food – ramen anyone?
The inclusion of clubs sounds great as well. Since there is a robotics club, it’s likely that robots may finally be making it into the game.
Robots are prevalent throughout the Sims series and usually come into the game towards the end of series. Could this be the final EP for the Sims 4?
Whatever makes into the game or doesn’t, this looks like it’s going to be a great expansion.
Let me know in the comments what you think of The Sims 4: Discover University.
- What are you most looking forward to?
- Do you think this will be a good expansion?
- How fo you think bikes will work?
- How do you think robots will come in to play?
Source: Sims Community: https://simscommunity.info/
The Sims 4: Discover University is scheduled to be released on 15th November 2019 for Windows PC and Apple Mac.
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