The Sims 4’s latest enlargement pack, High School Years, focuses on the highschool expertise and brings with it teen content material and a complete array of recent options — from all new vogue choices to in-game options like following your teen Sims by means of their courses and extracurriculars.
In a press preview occasion, lead producer George Pigula and lead designer Jessica Croft shared plenty of new options that include the pack together with the brand new world of Copperdale, teen aspirations, new aspect hustles, and a few base recreation updates that I do know gamers have been to see.
High School Years opens up the flexibility for gamers to comply with their teen Sims to highschool the place they attend class, be a part of after-school golf equipment, and attend each promenade and commencement. It affords up new gameplay and options which might be set to attraction to Sims gamers of all types within the type of new vogue choices, social interactions, and a brand new world ripe for exploration.
Total management of the highschool expertise
The massive spotlight of the DLC is, in fact, the truth that highschool is now a playable a part of The Sims. Copperdale High contains a sports activities subject, auditorium, and every part you may anticipate to see in a highschool like lecture rooms, bogs, and a variety of after-school golf equipment like chess membership, cheerleading, and a soccer group that Sims are free to hitch as they like.
Lockers are particularly customizable for every teen Sim in a family. And that customizability extends to the kids’ houses. A lot of new Create-A-Sim gadgets and Build and Buy gadgets had been proven — together with gaming chairs, desks, and what seemed like gaming PCs as effectively! These gadgets pair effectively with the 2 new aspect hustles that teenagers can pursue alongside their teachers as a Simfluencer and a online game streamer.
Four new aspirations can be found for Sims to meet throughout their highschool years that focus on totally different elements of the teenager expertise. These aspirations embrace Drama Llama, Live Fast, Admired Icon, and Goal Oriented. Each aspiration has teenagers pursuing various things akin to recognition or eager to be the perfect throughout the board with good grades, sports activities, and cash. I believe it will undoubtedly open up teen play fairly a bit, particularly for gamers who benefit from the storytelling aspect of The Sims.
Perhaps the very best college of highschool occasions that gamers can stay up for are promenade and commencement. Prom comes with all of the expectations of Sims in search of dates, both by means of dropping a be aware in a locker or going all out with a prom-posal. Players have whole management over the promenade itself with full customization from the decorations to the meals that’s served which may open the door for humorous errors — akin to full turkeys being served, which occurred in my preview.
And it wouldn’t be highschool with out commencement. Pigula and Croft famous that grades would affect a Sim’s commencement, simply as they might in actual life. Players can shoot for valedictorian or they could must have their Sims come again as a younger adults to pursue an internet highschool diploma. And for gamers with University Life put in, highschool commencement may even affect college affords.
Style and Sim-thrifting
An enormous focus of High School Years will be discovered within the total type from what I noticed within the preview – particularly by way of clothes gadgets. Modern types, particularly these popularized by Gen Z lately, served as an enormous affect in quite a lot of the brand new clothes gadgets gamers will see like darkish academia, cottagecore, and Y2K.
New enlargement packs usually give attention to one type of clothes, however Croft emphasised that the quite a few types had been key to dialing in on the teenager expertise. Croft commented on the main focus that was given to self-exploration within the pack, particularly by means of type, even going as far as to say that “if high school itself is the spine of the pack, then exploring your identity is the soul of the pack.”
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Style and self-expression are additional introduced into High School Years by means of a brand new in-game app known as Trendi which permits Sims to create and promote distinctive outfits on-line and a brand new store known as ThrifTea — a mixture boba tea and thrift store. Trendi is one thing alongside the strains of Depop or Mercari, that are real-world websites that allow you to promote second-hand clothes on-line. Sims will be capable of earn Simoleons on the app and even attempt to get a brand new vogue development began whereas ThrifTea could have a rotating inventory of various clothes gadgets for Sims to purchase and elegance with.
Base recreation updates to come back
High School Years has quite a lot of new content material coming with it, however there have been additionally two base recreation updates coming that had been talked about throughout the preview.
More physique hair is being added to Create-A-Sim by means of the addition of leg, arm, torso, and again hair. High School Years could have just a few choices which might be strictly unique to the enlargement pack, however the base recreation will obtain choices by means of a free replace as effectively. A function of High School Years contains the flexibility to allow hair development — which can permit gamers to have their Sims shave or not.
And lastly, Pigula and Croft shared that one other new replace to come back could be the flexibility to customise a Sim’s sexual orientation in Create-A-Sim, a function that has been extremely in demand from gamers. The new function will permit gamers to set their Sims attraction in just a few other ways akin to “attraction to the same or different sex, experiment with attraction naturally through interactions with other Sims over time, feel physical but not romantic attraction and vice versa, or not feel any attraction at all.”
Of be aware was the truth that The Sims group did work with organizations It Gets Better and GLAAD on this new function to create “a detailed and affirming option” for gamers.
With the brand new content material and options set to come back with High School Years and the brand new base recreation updates, gamers have rather a lot to stay up for — particularly for many who have an curiosity in having the ability to do extra with their youthful Sims and get extra hands-on with the highschool expertise.
The Sims 4: High School Years enlargement pack will launch on July 28.