Two Point Campus brings gamers to space with Space Academy DLC

Ready to bring your university studies across the solar system?

For all you space fans, Two Point Campus has a new space-themed DLC available that doubles as a simulated astronaut training opportunity. The multi-console Space Academy, priced at $9.99, starts your students with rocket development and before long, you might find yourself training off-planet working alongside aliens. 

The DLC released Dec. 6 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation and Dec. 12 on Nintendo Switch; the base game must also be purchased for $39.99.

It will be a challenging journey to achieve orbit. Working on a PS4 console, we found it took several hours to figure out how to effectively manage a university campus in the base game, before the DLC unlocked. Keeping students, faculty and administration all happy while expanding the campus makes it easy to run out of credits, and to make nobody happy at all, so do be careful.

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artist's impression of the moon with a space campus on it

Two Point Campus has a new space DLC allowing you to bring university studies to the moon and beyond. (Image credit: Two Point Studios)

Replicating the difficulties of student (or campus) life was a natural journey for Two Point Studios, "because the student life is something that's very relatable," design director Ben Huskins told

"There's so many aspects to student life, both on the academic side and the social side," Huskins said, emphasizing the game allows you not only to forge relationships between students, but to act as an instructional nurturer, campus designer and (with the DLC) a space academy builder all at the same time. 

Two Point Studios was founded in 2016 and is best known for their hospital management game, Two Point Hospital. The company is a subsidiary of Sega and has grown rapidly since the pandemic erupted in 2020, more than doubling its employee numbers from 15 to 40.

With Two Point Campus, released in August 2022, the studio wanted to offer the game on multiple consoles immediately, which led to much of the growth, Huskins said. Sega provides public relations support as well as connections with other gaming subsidiaries to share expertise in-house, which Huskins said is key to Two Point Campus' success.

The base game acquired more than a million players in the first few weeks, which allowed Two Point Studios to gain "a lot of feedback" for the space-themed DLC, he said. One surprise for the group was how much players connected with individual virtual students, which meant that the student experience and training received as much emphasis as possible in the space DLC.

Huskins says space science fiction fans will see references "all over the place" in the DLC, which unlocks after the first four levels of the base game. The premise for the Space Academy on the campus is that the county is revising its dormant space program due to renewed interest in space.

"It's a little bit Star Trek-y and I also think of something like Galaxy Quest," Huskins said of the DLC. "We have lots of puns about real-world references. Our version of Cape Canaveral is called 'Cape Shrapnull' ... and there will be all sorts of little references from movies and TV shows as well."

Gamers will start with basic astronaut training, complete with spacesuits and zero-gravity simulation, and then will start a "cosmic expansion" course with references to all the billionaires flying to space lately. Also includes are rocket launches and eventually, off-planet versions of the campus.

Huskins said he hopes players will connect with the DLC, which also includes features like meteors landing on-campus that can be mined for dollars. 

"There's a bunch of new features like that, that just add a bit of a new twist to the gameplay," he said. "You're still thinking about nurturing your students and running your classes, but you've got these other plates to spin at the same time."

Elizabeth Howell is the co-author of "Why Am I Taller?" (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a book about space medicine. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: