Ready to transfer your studies to a university across the solar system?
For all space lovers, Two Point Campus (will open in a new tab) has a new space-themed DLC available that doubles as a simulated astronaut training opportunity. Multiconsole Space Academy (will open in a new tab)priced at $9.99, allows your students to start developing rockets, and soon you may find yourself training off-planet, working alongside aliens.
The DLC was released on December 6 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation and on December 12 on Nintendo Switch; the base game must also be purchased for $39.99.
It will be a challenging journey to reach orbit. Working on the PS4 console, we found that it took several hours to figure out how to effectively manage the campus in the base game before the DLC unlocked. Keeping students, faculty, and administration happy while expanding the campus makes it easy to run out of credits and make no one happy at all, so be careful.
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Reproducing the hardships of student (or college) life was a natural journey for Two Point Studios, “because college life is something that’s very close,” design director Ben Haskins told Space.com.
“There are so many aspects to student life, both academic and social,” said Haskins, stressing that the game allows you to not only build relationships between students, but also act as an educator, campus designer and (along with the DLC) a space builder. academy at the same time.
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Two Point Studio was founded in 2016 and is best known for its hospital management game Two Point Hospital. (will open in a new tab). The company is a subsidiary of Sega and has grown rapidly since the pandemic hit in 2020, more than doubling the number of employees from 15 to 40.
With the release of Two Point Campus in August 2022, the studio wanted to offer the game on multiple consoles at once, which resulted in significant growth, according to Haskins. Sega provides public relations support as well as links to other gaming subsidiaries to share experiences within the company, which Haskins says is key to Two Point Campus’ success.
The base game attracted over a million players in its first few weeks, he said, allowing Two Point Studios to get “a lot of feedback” on the space-themed DLC. One of the surprises for the group was how many players were connected to individual virtual students, which meant that the student experience and learning was given as much focus as possible in the Space DLC.
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Haskins says fans of space fiction will see references “everywhere” in the DLC, which unlocks after the first four levels of the main game. The premise for the on-campus Space Academy is that the district is revisiting its dormant space program due to renewed interest in space.
“It’s a bit like Star Trek, and I’m also thinking something like Galaxy Quest,” Haskins said of the DLC. “We have a lot of puns with references to the real world. Our version of Cape Canaveral is called Cape Shrapnull… and there will be all sorts of little references from movies and TV shows.”
Gamers will start with basic astronaut training, complete with spacesuits and simulated weightlessness, and then move on to a “space expansion” course with references to all the billionaires flying into space lately. Also included are rocket launches and eventually off-planet versions of the campus.
Haskins said he hopes players will connect with the DLC, which also includes features such as meteors landing on campus that can be mined for dollars.
“There are a bunch of new features like this that just add a little new twist to the gameplay,” he said. “You’re still thinking about educating your students and running classes, but you have other cymbals to spin at the same time.”
Elizabeth Howell is co-author of Why Am I Taller? (will open in a new tab)? (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), space medicine book. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace (will open in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (will open in a new tab) or facebook (will open in a new tab).
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