It’s time to relive the best (or worst) four years of your life. The Sims 4‘s high school years The expansion pack is packed with relatable content for teens and pre-teens, from special posters and room decorations to offers and a graduation party. But alongside the triumphs and defeats, the epic ups and downs of high school classes, clubs and soccer, there is an exciting array of customization and agency changes that will affect Sims of all ages and stages of life.
That high school years The expansion pack adds the highly customizable Copperdale High, and any teenage Sim can attend an apprenticeship. The pack is well received similar to that of the game discover university Expansion – and high school grades determine where Sims go to college with the option for Sims to study online for their GED.
Polygon attended an Electronic Arts presentation of the high school years expansion pack where the developers discussed both high school years as well as a free update that will be released together with the expansion pack.
In Copperdale, Sims attend classes and extracurricular activities, which means they roam the halls studying for tests and cheer training. But they can also play pranks or skip class – but if the principal catches them, they’ll be in big trouble. At home, teenage Sims can decorate their room and hang out in bed and scroll social media. Teenage Sims can now also exit the house through the window for a little curfew violation. As for meeting places, there’s Thrifty, a thrift store, and a Boba tea spot. Sims can also have their first relationships with other students and go to the county fair and try to get into the tunnel of love with their crush.
The free update is packed with minor changes to the Sims’ social experience that will have a major impact on the game. For example, players can now customize their Sims’ sexuality and attraction to other Sims. The modular options allow players to create aromantic and asexual Sims, as well as other queer identities. Developer Maxis added the ability for Sims to choose their pronouns in May, and this update builds on that to create more inclusive options.
There are other changes in a Sim’s daily life that also look promising. Sims of all life stages can now have different chest, arm, back, and leg hair, making for a charmingly pointed addition to customization.
Other Sims will also have a little more autonomy in their relationships with each other. Sims can now categorize each other as crushes, and Sims from other households can initiate romance with player-controlled Sims. This small change could make a big difference as Sims romance usually involves finding someone and actively pursuing them.
Sims also track desires and fears, which are smaller goals from moment to moment. There’s even a new trait for the socially awkward. While all of these free changes are relatable to the average teen—body hair, crushes, and social anxiety are definitely par for the course—they all apply to Sims of all stages of life.
That high school years The expansion pack will be released alongside the free update on July 28th on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
https://www.polygon.com/23219296/the-sims-4-high-school-years-expansion-pack The Sims 4 High School Years expansion isn’t just about teenagers