The Sims 4 Returns to School This Month with the High School Years Expansion Pack

It turns out the school won’t be closed for the summer this year, as the next The Sims 4 High School Years expansion pack is set to release on July 28th. The first full expansion since Cottage Living launched a year ago, High School Years is set to do exactly what it says on the tin, massively expanding play options for Sims in their teenage years.

The pack promises to introduce basic elements of high school life like attending class, getting detention, going to prom, and graduating, all in the form of on-screen activities that the player can guide their Sims. While there’s a bit of overlap with the series’ established college-themed expansion packs like The Sims 4 Discover University, giving high school characters that treatment is a franchise first, and something that has been on the fandom’s collective wish list for a very long time.

As a full expansion, High School Years should be filled with other new activities, many of which take your Sims outside of the school grounds. You can have a boba tea and then probably vomit tapioca all over the haunted house at the local pier amusement park, for one, and it looks like the in-game social media options are going to be greatly expanded. The bonus items for first-time buyers are themed around streaming, suggesting The Sims are also going to get their own version of Twitch, which I’m honestly surprised they don’t already have. The Sims have never really been shy about getting a meta.

Other fun details spotted in the announcement by your resident Sims Fountain include the long-awaited return of body hair options, so soon your Sims won’t all have to be weirdly smooth from the neck down. And a character in the trailer uses rolling pronouns, an option that wasn’t included in the recent pronouns update, but would be really nice to see added (even though said update is still live). development course with jank to be ironed out).

The Simlish school year is set to begin on the unconventional date of July 28, when The Sims 4 High School Years launches for £35/$40/€40.

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