The Sims 4 Discover University: Everything we learned about gameplay in yesterday’s Livestream!

Yesterday, the team did a deep dive live stream for The Sims 4 Discover University to give players a glimpse of what the pack has to offer!

While the live stream was going on, we wrote down everything we learned about the brand new gameplay features that will be coming with the pack.

Here is everything we learned:

  • New skills: Research & Debate).
  • New interaction: School Cheer.
  • New party: Keg Party.
  • If Sims from the two different universities are attending the same party with a ping pong table on the lot, they can play competitive games of juice pong which comes with some special buffs/moodlets.
  • Throwing a gold level Keg Party rewards you with a gold juice keg.
  • Juice kegs can have different flavours of juice.
  • New WooHoo location: Shower WooHoo!
  • Most showers can be WooHoo’d in but some can not.
  • Ageing progresses normally while your Sims are in university.
  • Sims can build relationships with professors to convince them to bring up their grades.
  • Computers can now be assigned to one
  • Sim.
  • Sims can ride bicycles in any world. They are not limited to the university world.
  • Sims automatically put on helmets when riding bikes.
  • You can select the style of the bike helmet.
  • Sims can prank the cafeteria stations by adding “A Little Spice.”
  • Sims can prank toilet stalls.
  • Angela and Lilith Pleasant will be making a comeback with Discover University.
  • There is a new death.
  • Sims can actually meet their professors in person.
  • Professors can be seen walking around campus.
  • Sims can also meet their professors by attending off-hours classes.
  • Children can play ping pong.
  • Bikes can’t be used on stairs.
  • Young Adults, Adults, and Elders can enrol in university.
  • Teens cannot enrol in university but they can prepare for university by getting good grades, building their skills, or visiting the universities to explore their interests.
  • Sims can apply to university through the mailbox or computer.
  • Your Sims will get an acceptance letter when applying for university.
  • Sims can send in applications, look at available scholarships, research universities, and check their application status.
  • Which degrees your Sim is accepted into will be based on their skills.
  • Teenage Sims grades will factor if they get into university.
  • Sims will never be rejected from University.
  • Sims with no skills or did poorly at high school may not be accepted into the distinguished degrees.
  • Distinguished degrees have special scholarships and offer better rewards than standard degrees.
  • When your Sims are accepted, Sims need to enrol through the computer.
  • An enrollment pop-up will appear and will allow you to pick what university your Sims will attend, their degree and classes, housing arrangements, and tuition ou can select their degree and classes during the enrollment pop-up.
  • Each degree has a description and a list of career paths that degree is suited for.
  • Sims can take up to 4 different classes, including one elective.
  • If a Sim wants to take an elective, they can only take up to 3 other classes.
  • Your Sim can only take up to 4 classes per term in total.
  • Each class your Sim enrols in costs simoleons.
  • Depending on where they choose to live while attending university, they may have added housing fees.
  • Living in University Housing adds to your Sims tuition costs.
  • When Sims move away to university, they have the opportunity to transfer some or all of their existing household funds to their new household.
  • Staying at home studying will not cost any extra Simoleons.
  • Sims can apply for scholarships to pay for university.
  • There are many different kinds of scholarships.
  • Sims can choose to pay their tuition with their household funds or take out a student loan to cover the cost.
  • Sims will need to pay back their loan, plus interest after they graduate.
  • If your Sims do not pay back their loan, the repo man will come and take their belongings.
  • New roommate system.
  • The University Housing will be populated with roommates based on the number of beds available on the lot.
  • The limit for University Housing is 10 Sims total, including your Sims. If you are playing as one Sim, they can have up to 9 roommates.
  • Roommates will automatically claim their own beds.
  • Players will be able to override Sims automatically claiming their own bed by using the Assign Bed Feature.
  • Double beds can have separate sides claimed individually.
  • Sims who don’t have a romantic relationship can assign the other of the double bed.
  • Existing bed-sharing rules still apply.
  • Some roommates are really helpful and will clean up and cook.
  • Certain roommates are messy and will be annoying to live with.
  • Some roommates will throw “surprise” parties and will blast music at all hours.
  • You’ll never know what roommates you’ll get.
  • Sims living off-campus can post an ad for a roommate on the phone or computer.
  • Roommates provide you with extra simoleons to help pay the bills.
  • You’ll have more control on who will be your Roommate if they live in an off-campus house.
  • 3-4 Sims will show up at your Sim’s house in response to an ad.
  • Your Sim can talk to them and get to know them a little before selecting which one they want to move in.
  • You’ll able to kick out roommates on residential lots.
  • You’ll be able to ask other Sims to be their roommate.
  • Sims will decline your offer of being your roommate if they have responsibilities or a family.
  • Roommates can leave passive-aggressive notes for your Sims.
  • University Housing has maids that show up regularly.
  • Maids will only clean dirty objects.
  • Sims can call the repairman in University Housing at no cost.
  • Sims can decorate their dorm rooms in the University Housing with any of the live drag objects purchased from the kiosks.
  • posters, other wall decor, course textbooks, rugs, lamps, electronics, small appliances, storage chests, privacy screens, bicycles, and soccer balls can all be purchased from the kiosks.
  • Children and toddlers can visit the campus, but cannot live in University Housing.
  • Parents attending university will need to live off-campus.
  • Rezoning a University Housing lot as Residential lot will allow your Sims to live on campus with their children.
  • Sims can become pregnant while at university, but if they live in University Housing, they will need to find a new place to live off-campus so they can continue their studies with their child.
  • Sims from different schools cannot live in the same University Housing complex.
  • Sims living in residential homes can attend two different schools at the same time.
  • Some university housing lots have playable Sims already living there.
  • Sims living in University Housing can visit their old homes but they will be a guest.
  • Sims get a homework notebook when they enrol in school.
  • The amount of homework you get is based on how many classes your Sims have.
  • Use the career panel to see all the information about your Sim’s classes.
  • Classes are rabbit holes.
  • There are many class-related activities your Sims will be able to do outside of the classroom.
  • The rabbitholes offer additional benefits beyond just course classes.
  • Your Sims will be able to attend out of office hours class to get extra help with their grades.
  • Sims can also sit in on classes to learn new skills.
  • Any classes that your Sims take outside of their classes will not give your Sim credits, but your Sim will be able to learn all kinds of new skills.
  • It is possible that your Sims might end up going to several classes in one day if they attend more than one class.
  • Every class has one extra requirement in addition to homework.
  • Term papers can be written, edited, and submitted using the computer.
  • Classes with a presentation requirement will add a presentation board to your Sim’s inventory.
  • Sims will need to work on their presentation board and practice their presentation before presenting it.
  • presentation classes are equivalent to a final exam class.
  • Sims can cheat and submit plagiarized term papers and homework.
  • If your Sim is caught cheating of submitting plagiarized term papers, there can be very serious consequences.
  • Sims can communicate with their professors about their academic performance via email.
  • Sims will fail their degree if they don’t attend class, neglect their homework, or fail to complete term papers,
  • presentations, or exam.
  • Each term will last 5 days.
  • Terms can not be extended.
  • To graduate, a Sim must complete 12 courses.
  • Sims can gain multiple degrees in their life.
  • If they graduate, they can return to school to get a different degree.
  • Graduating university will grant your Sims with fast-tracking in future careers that the degree is designed for.
  • Sims will have an opportunity to attend graduation at the sports arena.
  • There is no graduation party type.
  • Each university has its own events that happen around campus.
  • Your Sims will often come across events while walking or biking around campus.
  • Sims will also be notified of upcoming campus events via the in-game notification system.
  • Events are linked to university organizations.
  • Your Sims will not need to be in the organisation to participate in the event.
  • The university of Britechester hosts a figure painting event.
  • Foxbury Institute hosts a Bot Contest event.
  • If your Sims owns a servo, they can enter it into the Bot Contest.
  • Different activities are hosted at the Student Commons lot.
  • Your Sims can streak and will see other Sims streaking at Spirit Squad events.
  • Sims will be able to join an organization by befriending members of that organization and asking them to join.
  • Joining organizations and participating in their activities and events can help your Sims’ grades.
  • The Organization system is separate from the Club system from getting Together.
  • If you are looking into finding more information the Secret Society, you can do research on the research machines at the Student Commons or explore some of the options available on the university statues.
  • Servos are a new fully playable life state!
  • Servos have their own specific motives (Fun, Social, Battery, and Durability).
  • Servos do not need to eat, drink, shower, or use the toilet.
  • When their battery is low, Sims can tell Servos to recharge, or they will just stop where they are and recharge themselves.
  • Servos will wear down over time so Sims will need to tune them to keep their durability need.
  • Servos are not immune to water. Exposure to water will cause Servos to break.
  • Sims can WooHoo with Servos.
  • Sims can have Shower WooHoo with Servos, but it is ill-advised. Servos and water are a bad combination.
  • Servos come with their own personality and traits.
  • Sims will be able to reprogram them to give them different traits.
  • Servos can scan Sims to find out their traits and current emotional state.
  • Like UtiliBots, Servos can be upgraded to increase their battery life and durability.
  • Servos can “Discuss Important Robot Things” with other robots.
  • Servos and UtiliBots do not age.
  • Servos can perform self-enhancements by building skills.
  • Sims should encourage Servos to learn skills so they can be upgraded.
  • Servos can die if Sims do not maintain and repair them.
  • They can also be programmed to hover which will change their walk style.
  • If any three robots break and are not repaired for a length of time, it will turn into a scrap pile and be will be gone forever.
  • Servo’s can enrol in university!
  • Servo’s can build other robots.
  • A new Robotics skill is being introduced with Discover University.
  • Teens can learn Robotics skill and build robots.
  • New Robotics Table.
  • Sims will also be able to craft materials to build different bots and toys.
  • Sims can also craft cybernetics (tech wearables, like robotic limbs).
  • Cybernetics help Sims build Robotics skill and protect them from sustaining injuries at the Robotics Table.
  • There is a new “Exomech Suit”.
  • The exomech suit is a career reward for Mechanical Engineers and comes in two pieces a helmet and bodysuit.
  • Sims can scan others for traits and current emotional state while wearing the helmet.
  • Sims can also do this with the new computer glasses, which are a career reward for Computer Engineers.
  • Sims can engage in hover mode while wearing the exomech suit.
  • There are three main types of robots (Servos, UtiliBots, and Quadcopters)
  • There are four types of UtiliBots: Cleaning Bots, Gardening Bots, Fixer Bots, and Party Bots.
  • UtiliBots need to be recharged and tuned up by Sims.
  • They will struggle to complete tasks when their battery and durability is low.
  • Upgrading UtiliBots will increase its battery life and durability.
  • UtiliBots are not immune to water.
  • Robots cannot be upgraded to be water-proof.
  • Robots remain sensitive to water, so make sure to keep them away from it at all costs.
  • Robots can be sold right away after completion just like paintings.
  • Chatterbox toys for children can be crafted on the Robotics Tables.
  • Three new careers: Engineering, Law, and Education.
  • Engineering Branches: Mechanical Engineer and Computer Engineer.
  • Law Branches: Judge and Private Lawyer.
  • Education Branches: Professor and Administrator
  • The three new careers are “Work From Home” careers.
  • Engineers can use the research machines and robotics table as their work from home activity.
  • Lawyers can read pleadings, guest speak at a law class, and craft arguments as their work-at-home activity.
  • Sims in the education career can grade homework, look at budgets, lecture, tutor, ask people for donations, and volunteer for their work-at-home activity.
  • Engineers start out as interns, learning Robotics, Handiness, and Programming skills.
  • Progressing in the Engineering career unlocks more tech that can be crafted on the Robotics Table.
  • Sims do not have to go to university to join the new careers but having a university degree will allow your Sim to join in the career at a higher level.
  • Sims can hold down jobs while going to school. Just be careful though as class schedules may interfere with your Sims job hours.
  • Sims can join the soccer and e-sports teams from the career selection menu as well as the arena rabbit hole.
  • Breakfast burritos, pizza rolls, and instant noodles will be added with this pack.
  • Chicken nuggets are no longer just available for toddler Sims.
  • The University of Britechester and Foxbury Institute have a fierce rivalry between them.
  • The rivalry will impact the inter-school events and the interactions between students from the opposing university.
  • Both schools offer the same degrees.
  • Both schools have their own distinguished degrees.
  • The mascots from both the two universities often clash and pick fights with each other.
  • Mascots can sometimes lose their “hat” after losing a fight.
  • Each campus has a sporting arena that is a rabbit hole.
  • Sims can attend sporting events at the sporting arena.
  • Sims can sign up for a sports team at the sports arena.
  • Sims can also put up banners for their school’s team at the sports arena
  • Any Sims will be able to attend sporting events.
  • Students from the rivalries university will often vandalise each other’s statues in a variety of ways.
  • Are you just excited for this pack as we are? Tell us in the comments below. Also, stay tuned over at our website to stay up to date on the latest Sims news.

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