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Two Point Campus takes the Two Point Hospital formula to school

Two Point Studios talks about its next silly simulation

a giant pizza cooking in a gastronomy school Image: Two Point Studios/Sega
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Two Point Campus’ training grounds look more like its preparing students for Medieval Times, rather than a career in the “real world.” That’s because Two Point Campus is not your typical college experience; on this campus, players can enroll in “Knight School” — where they teach jousting — or earn degrees in Gastronomy, cooking pizzas the size of Buicks.

Your students won’t learn math or language skills. But who needs that when you’ve got armor and a sword?

Developer Two Point Studios officially revealed its next game, Two Point Campus, a follow-up to the studio’s first equally wacky game, Two Point Hospital, on Thursday. Published by Sega, Two Point Campus will be a comedic college sim. Today, they’re offering new details.

Players will create a university filled with students and heavily customize it, using extensive tools to build out the campus of their dreams. Players can tweak everything down to the building exteriors, walkways, and trees, said studio director Gary Carr and brand director Craig Laycock during a preview of Two Point Campus last week. It’s exactly what Two Point Hospital players have been begging the developer for.

“We have this curated sandbox approach where we give players the objectives they need to finish a level, but we don’t tell them how to do it — we don’t force them to do it in a singular way,” Laycock said. “We just let them get comfortable with the surroundings and then take on as much as they like to get to that point.”

Two Point Studios is changing how players relate to the people that inhabit their chaotic little worlds. In Two Point Hospital, players couldn’t necessarily “connect” with the hospital patients they were caring for — they moved in and out of the system too fast. But in Two Point Campus, students stay in the school system for longer periods of time. Players will spend more time catering the school to specific character needs — people who will graduate and move through the school system. In practice, that means choosing to offer certain courses, like the aforementioned Knight School and Gastronomy classes — Two Point says more courses will be announced in the future — based on your students personality traits. Of course, you can forgo all that and make life a nightmare for your students. That’s cool, too.

Two Point Studios said the systems go surprisingly deep.

“We love making these games that have this veneer on top, like you peel back the onion layers and there’s more and more depth,” developers said.

Two Point Campus is expected to be out sometime in 2022.

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