“Sims 2 University” to be first expansion to “The Sims 2.”

Electronic Arts is wasting no time in pumping out expansions to The Sims 2 and have already announced that the first add-on will be Sims 2 University.

In The Sims 2 University players for the first time will play through the new “young adult” life stage as their Sims head off to college and join the campus crowd. Whether they live in the dorms or rush a fraternity or sorority that’s just the beginning…Sims can choose from one of 11 majors and by keeping their grades on track, they’ll secure a final degree and open up 4 new career paths. Players will enjoy all-new college based wants and fears that are tied to their Sims’ social life and academic goals which will lead to new rewards and powers that will help them achieve their goals and aspirations in college and beyond.

Pranks, parties and college social interactions add to the excitement while your Sims explore campus locations such as college lounges, pool halls, gyms and coffee houses. As in real life, if your Sims start running low on funds, they can earn Simoleans by picking up a part time job, like tutoring, or engaging in riskier affairs like printing money as a member of the “secret society.”

Of course, making the right decisions can lead to your Sim to the ultimate goal of becoming “Big Sim on Campus” in The Sims 2 University.

There’s an interview over at GameSpy with Kevin Hogan who is producing the expansion pack.

GameSpy: Sims will have a whole new age—young adult—that falls between teen and adult, correct? Can Sims be young adults even if they don’t go to college?

Kevin Hogan: Yes, the young adult age range falls between teen and adult. Sims become young adults when they arrive at college and become adults when they finish college. The only way to go through this age range is to go to college.

It turns out that, yes, this will provide your Sims with some extra skills to use in their lives and, yes, there will be an option to wear a toga during your Sim’s time at school. No word on if there will be more objects available for the standard part of the game, but I’d be surprised if there wasn’t. A lot of the new stuff will probably be usable both at school and at home.

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