We took your questions, and got answers to as many as we could! The Sims 3 UK & Argus Hulin were kind enough to answer some questions for us, and also provide us with brand new University Life Screenshots!
I would like to thank Duckeggpie and Hortensis for putting together all the questions, and an even bigger thanks to The Sims 3 UK for giving us the opportunity to have our questions answered.
The Sims 3 University Life Producer Interview with Argus Hulin
This Skype interview was conducted by Hannah Lord, UK Maxis Community Manager, with The Sims 3 Assistant Producer, Argus Hulin, who is based at Electronic Arts at the Salt Lake City studio.
Q1) Is there a choice of Universities your Sims can go to, or is there one University where all the Sims go to study & party?
Argus: There’s just one University but your Sims won’t want to go anywhere else! The university architecture has been designed with European influence so it’s really beautiful.
Q2) Can you go inside the classrooms & lectures with your Sim?
Argus: There are some activities that do and some that don’t. The venues are not all like in The Sims 2 University, in that lectures and other class activities take place outside the rabbit hole.
Q3) What happens at Graduation?
Argus: Graduation is a celebratory moment your Sim has when they finish their studies. There are robes and mortar boards for your Sims to wear for the celebration.
Q4) Do all the Sims graduate together?
Argus: Different Sims graduate University at different times, depending on what they study and when they start attending University.
Q5) While they are at University can Sims use their family’s money or do they have a separate bank balance?
Argus: Whilst your Sim is at University they use their family funds, however thing are paid for upfront, so when you enrol at the University you pay your tuition fees then. These fees also include Halls of Residence costs, so your Sim has somewhere to live straight away. But if they don’t want to live in halls, they can rent a house in the village around the University. When they rent the house they pay rent for the whole length of the term in one go.
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It today’s producer walkthrough, a dancing llama revealed a new University dance…Gangnam Style!
Via SimGuruTaterTot (yum!)
Not to be confused with the Best of 2010 or the Best of 2011, the Store team has put together the best of 2012’s content and made it available for anyone who might want to kick-start their Store collection of content. The compilation includes the Stones Throw Greenhouse venue and some of the most popular sets and premium content from 2012.
With each new game, comes a brand new set of game lessons, and I just received the lessons for Sims 3 University by one of our credible and anonymous sources. There is plenty to see!
College is a formative time for many young people. You figure out what the heck you want to do with your life, meet and befriend a ton of new people and make a whole lot of mistakes along the way. This is also the case with The Sims 3: University Life.
Here’s the gist of how the school part works: You pick a major for your Sim, choosing between things like Communications, Technology or Business. You then leave your normal Sims 3 living space for a period of one to two weeks, moving into a new college town to earn your degree. Come back a few times, kick ass on some tests, and you’ll hopefully net you better job offers and salaries in careers associated with your major.
Ok, well, it’s actually a bit more complicated than all that.
IGN has released an exclusive first look at Island Paradise which includes a new screenshot and info bits! They have also confirmed that as of right now, the release date is June 25th, 2013.
The towns and places you can take your Sims are large, but the idea with Island Paradise is to open up the world even more. Instead of building a home and living in one place, this expansion allows you to build boat houses that you can use to explore uncharted waters. It’s basically The Sims: Trust Fund-Baby Edition.
Even pizza comes to you via speedboats. It’s still a ways off from its June 25release, so EA is keeping most of the Island Paradise details hush hush. Still, EA did inform us that on top of exploring you’ll also be able to create resorts, working to get them a coveted five-star rating. The expansion will also have other new features, including the ability to go snorkeling, fish off your house boat, discover buried treasure, scuba dive and swim wherever you drop anchor.