We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to send in questions about the new University Life expansion pack for a Sims 3 Producer at EA Salt Lake to answer. Below you can find the transcript with Argus Hulin, an assistant producer.
A huge thanks to The Sims 3 (UK) and to our readers for sending in your questions!
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 whole.
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.
IGN has released a preview of The Sims 3 Island Paradise, which has been confirmed to be released on June 25th 2013! Prepare to board your house boat and create your own holiday resort!
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.
It’s still a ways off from its June 25 release, 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.
Just a quick reminder that The Sims 3 Live Broadcast will be tomorrow at 6pm GMT / 10am PST. As always, you’ll be able to watch the broadcast live on BeyondSims.
The Sims 3 is hosting a Live Broadcast on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST. Tune in to catch a new demo of The Sims 3 University Life (available March 2013) as we’ll be revealing more exciting features that are in the pack. Plus, get a first-look at The Sims 3 Island Paradise (available June 2013) and an in-depth look at the latest world – The Sims 3 Aurora Skies! Don’t miss out on your chance to be the first to discover what other surprises we have in store for The Sims 3!
Good day to you, people of the world! My name is Ross and I’m a balance designer here at Maxis. If you will allow it, I would like to share with you how I mayor. I will do so by building a city that is all about oil.
To begin, I chose a city that has a high amount of oil in the ground. As soon as I load my city up, I take some time to check out my oil deposits. Before I worry about where my citizens will live, I want to make sure that I have good access to the oil deposits, so I use some dirt roads to outline where my oil pumps will go. I’ll upgrade those to better roads later, but for now I just need something cheap so that I can plan out my city.