Academia : School Simulator is a management game that lets you design, construct, and manage the high school of your dreams! As the school Principal, watch your students as they get bullied, find love, flunk exams, and basically just try to get through the roller-coaster ride that is high school.
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Release Date:
Sep 8, 2017

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“While prioritizing features and making design decisions in our previous game, we kept asking ourselves, “what do the players want?”

Early Access allows us to answer that question right away instead of playing guessing games. We want to invite the players into the feedback loop to collaborate with us as we build the best possible school simulation game that we can.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect that development in Early Access will be for at least 12 months and probably more, depending on player feedback and interest in adding features to the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are many features that are still being designed that will make the final game much more complete and full featured than the current version of the game. These include:

  • Deeper and more complex staff and students

  • Research tree and/or school specialization

  • Subject scheduling

  • Varsity sports

  • Truancy, delinquency, bullying, and other serious issues that schools deal with

  • School Prestige, and competing with others for the “Best School”

  • Setting School Policies

  • Weather, Random Events, and Disasters

  • Mod support

The final list of features will ultimately depend in the feedback that we get. We cannot promise we'll be able to have all these features in the game, what's important is we get to work on the features that the community wants.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable and has enough mechanics to keep you busy through a few in-game school years. Systems, like cooking, cleaning, hygiene, hunger, etc are already complete. There isn't a full fledged tutorial but a simpler to-do list system that guides the player on what to do. It helps to be familiar with games like Prison Architect and Rimworld since the controls like zoning and building are very similar. There are basic sound effects and music, and more will be added as time progresses.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, the price will be increased after launch, but will still be competitively priced with similar games.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be actively watching and participating in the discussion board here, on reddit, facebook, and other social media. We will also have a polling system in the game where players can vote on which feature they're most excited for us to work on next.

We can never promise that all suggested features will be implemented, but the more excited you guys are about a certain feature, the more excited we will be to make it come to life.”
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February 5

Build 0075 Now in Current Branch

Hi folks,

Build 0075 seems to be working relatively well so we're moving it to the Current Branch. If you have saves from Build 0064 that you want to keep playing, you can access them by our "Outdated Branch".

To access the Outdated Branch :

1) Go to your game library and right click on Academia School Simulator
2) In the pop up window, find and click on Properties.
3) In the properties window, click on the Betas Tab
4) Under Enter beta access code to unlock private betas type :
academiaoutdated
5) Click on "check code"
6) Under "Select the beta you would like to opt into" click on the dropdown
menu and click on "outdated"
7) You should now have access to the outdated build
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January 31

Update Adding Prestige, Assorted Objects, Walls, Logos, and Bug Fixes (Build 0075)

Hey everyone, we're back with an update at the end of the month! As I mentioned before this update will be a little less substantial since we're doing bugfixes on top of onboarding our new programmers, but hopefully it's enough to whet your appetites.

Prestige



The biggest addition this month is Prestige. Prestige is a new resource/score that you accumulate throughout the game. From the beginning of development we knew that prestige would be a huge part of the game, especially since many schools live and die based on how "prestigious" they
are. Prestige will be an integral part of the game and we will explore many different facets of prestige in the future. For example, your prestige and school ranking will eventually affect the number of student admissions each year. But as of now, here are some of the effects of prestige in the game.

School Evaluation and School Ranking

In addition to being graded at the end of the school year, you will also be given rewards or penalties in the form of prestige and money. These all add up, and should provide some more challenge to the game.

School ranking is a big new addition that we hope will challenge you guys. Right now this school ranking is static with only 20 ranks, but in the near future we will have the schools randomly generated and change their ranks at the end of the school year. We hope that this will challenge you to rise up
the school rankings. In the future we will explore other stuff like possibly making this part of the leaderboards, but this is our first attempt at fleshing it out.

Grants



You now also earn prestige from doing grants. Speaking of grants, we've made some changes to the grants like adding (and subtracting) grants and
changing the basic order. We hope to add some more grants next month.

Time


Time has been slowed down to give characters more time to travel between rooms. Note: because time has been slowed, this may have affected other
parts of the game which we can't foresee for now.

Notifications

Notifications now appear on the left side of the screen. Notifications and will disappear automatically after a few seconds.

New Buildable Stuff



We've added a few new buildable items for you guys to prettify your school.

New Floors and Wall

Versaille
Pinwheel
Herringbone
Checkerboard
Diagonal
Wood Panel
Big Bricks

Wood Wall

New (Mostly Decorative) Objects

Vending Machine now working.
Wooder Planter
Flower Planter
Wooden Flowe Planter
Big Window
College Degree
Motivational Poster

New Logos



We had some fun with the school logos this time, adding foodstuffs like Pizza, fries, and fruits!

Random School Mottos

When you click on Randomize it will now also generate random school motto!

Bug Fixes

- Fixed bug in which shadows were not in their correct places
- Fixed bug in which mod characters were not being loaded.
- Fixed a bug in which save files were not being loaded.
- Students should now respect staff doors (those darned kids!)

Known Bugs

Minor bugs that are still present and will be fixed soon:

-Black screen after 3 years of game-time. This should fix itself after reloading the game, so when you are nearing the end of 3 years of play, please quit the game and reload (or maybe take a nap).
-School name from previous save may be retained. If you load two different saves during one play session, your evaluation screen may show the name of the previous save game.

MORE IMPORTANT NOTES

Older saves will not work with this update because we added Prestige.

To make sure this build is safe, we will be uploading it to the Candidate build first. The Current build will still be build 0064, which was updated in December.

To access the Candidate Branch :

1) Go to your game library and right click on Academia School Simulator
2) In the pop up window, find and click on Properties.
3) In the properties window, click on the Betas Tab
4) Under Enter beta access code to unlock private betas type :
academiacandidate
5) Click on "check code"
6) Under "Select the beta you would like to opt into" click on the dropdown
menu and click on "candidate"
7) You should now have access to the latest candidate build
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Reviews

“I initially forget to put in bathrooms, though I'm sharp enough to notice that my students keep running outside to pee in the bushes. Let the trauma and embarrassment of school life begin!”
PC Gamer

“Academia: School Simulator’s Steam page suggests you can make the high school of your dreams. But my school, Leo’s Learning Emporium ended up as more of a dystopian nightmare.”
Kotaku

About This Game


From the artist of Prison Architect and the studio that brought you Political Animals comes Academia : School Simulator, a simulation game that lets you design, construct, and manage the high school of your dreams! Watch your students as they get bullied, find love, flunk exams, and basically just try to get through the roller-coaster ride that is high school. Will you offer the best teachers and facilities or cheap out and build giant classrooms with a 1:100 teacher to student ratio? It's all up to you!


Student motivation is driven by various needs, including hygiene, hunger, and discipline, and they'll become even more complex as time goes on, eventually competing in school competitions like spelling bees and even falling in love.



Teachers are unique, with different subject specialties and degrees. Eventually they will also have their own motivations that need to be satisfied so they can keep teaching at the highest level.



Build Canteens, Clinics, Computer Labs, Common Areas and much more as you create your dream Educational Complex.



Do you think the janitors aren't doing a good job? Plot out their routes yourself in order to ensure maximum efficiency.



From potted plants to statues and fountains, we have everything to make your school the envy of all! And we'll keep adding decorative objects so that you can have a completely unique school.



Students that look like zombies and eat brains? why not? Want to run a school where the students are literally prisoners? Whatever floats your boat! Image mods are available now, and language and other mods will follow in the future.



Customize your school seal and motto to make a school that is uniquely yours!



Normal mode requires you to balance your budget and provide the best education that you can with your money, while sandbox lets you go utopian with unlimited money!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7,10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7,10
    • Processor: 7,10
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
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