Only a few days after Beau Young Prince's cryptic Twitter reply sent The Sims 4 fans into a frenzy, Target's Merchandise Database may have confirmed a November release date for a University-themed expansion pack for The Sims 4.
On September 13, Twitter user and Target retail employee @Christophuck tweeted out a photo showing off an internal listing of a product called "Sims 4 Ep 8 Discover University" with November 15 set as its street (release) date. The photo also shows a Target DPCI number, a unique number given to every piece of Target merchandise. Eager Sims fans believe that this screenshot is an official confirmation.
Sims fan and YouTuber Pixelade, who has made numerous videos speculating a possible university-themed expansion pack for The Sims 4, posted a video after the screenshot was revealed. In the video, Pixelade breaks down evidence from the tweet.
As a former Target employee, he recognizes the legitimacy of a DPCI number, as every piece of merchandise is assigned one. He then goes on to explain how he investigated further by calling three different Target stores to verify the legitimacy of the DPCI number. All three stores confirmed that the number was, in fact, in Target's Merchandise Database system. This information is only privately available to Target employees, as the DPCI number brings up no results when entered into the public Target app or website.
If this is indeed true, it aligns with EA's previous releases, as the company usually releases big expansion packs for The Sims 4 in November. Since the game's launch in 2014, EA has released a new expansion pack each year, with Get Famous, Cats and Dogs, City Living, and Get Together coming out in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. This evidence suggests that we're due for another expansion pack soon, and Discover University might be 2019's November expansion pack.
Despite the seemingly reliable evidence presented in both @Christophuck's tweet and Pixelade's video, EA has yet to make an official announcement to verify these claims. Until then, it looks like Sims fans will have to wait just a little longer to know whether or not their sims will be able to get a university education.