THE WASHINGTON POST – The Sims 4 will soon receive a new story-driven game pack, titled Star Wars: Journey to Batuu, as announced on Gamescom Opening Light Live.
Releasing tomorrow, the pack requires The Sims 4 base game to play. Inspired by the attractions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World, Journey to Batuu introduces a Star Wars-themed destination within The Sims 4, allowing your sims to travel to the Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu.
Players will find familiar places and characters from the Star Wars universe, including Kylo Ren, Rey Skywalker and Hondo, against whom you can play Sabacc (a fictional card game from Star Wars) in Oga’s Cantina. You can even find the Millennium Falcon.
“The Sims has always been about letting players tell their own stories and explore a lot of different aspects,” Executive Producer and General Manager of The Sims Lyndsay Pearson said. “That feels very complementary to the way that we were approaching Journey to Batuu, which is: ‘What is your story in this universe? How do you want to be a part of this?'”
Notably, Journey to Batuu includes an overarching story, a rarity within The Sims series, which usually lets users weave emergent stories on their own by creating sims and leading different virtual lives. In Journey to Batuu, that player agency continues, especially when choosing to join different factions: The Resistance, the First Order, or the rebels fighting for control
over Batuu. Similar to The Sims 4: Get Famous DLC, other sims will treat you differently depending on your status. In Journey to Batuu, this pertains specifically to the faction with which faction you’ve aligned.
“If you spend a lot of time with the rebels and you’re working on missions for them and socialising with them, then if you try and go hang out with the First Order, they’re not going to respond to you,” Pearson said.
“They’re going to lock you out of certain things and certain interactions because you’re not their friend. You’re the enemy.”
In expected Star Wars fashion, you can build custom lightsabers for your sims, engage in lightsaber sparring, and build droids that can help out on faction missions or can be brought back to your sims’ home to play with. In The Sims 4, Batuu will be a destination world, meaning sims can’t live there full-time since it’s meant for visits. But players can find a type of home base in Batuu that fulfils a sim’s basic needs.
Since Electronic Arts, the publisher of The Sims 4, has held exclusive rights since 2013 to make Star Wars games, it makes sense to see The Sims partner with Lucasfilm and Disney for a deeper Star Wars experience. It’s also part of a larger vision that developer Maxis and EA have in store. In a previous interview with The Post, EA’s Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele spoke about the goal to incorporate relevant trends, as well as “music, fashion, design and architecture, or in TV and media” within The Sims world going forward.