On September 8, Sims 4 players will be able to explore the planet of Batuu with the release of a major Star Wars pack. We offer you a preview of this new extension.
It was after the deployment of a handful of costumes in tribute to Star Wars or a Baby Yoda statue that Antonio Romeo, lead producer of Voyage sur Batuu, noticed a certain “appetite” community for the universe created by George Lucas. The opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World Resort gave some ideas to the development team: “The lore of Galaxy’s Edge had not yet been explored outside of Disney Land, Disney World or a few comics”. The theme of the new pack for The Sims 4 quickly became a “evidence”. Voyage on Batuu is billed as the most complete game addition. Is the promise kept?
SOME ORIGINAL NEWS IN CHARACTER CREATION
First good news by launching the new Star pack Wars, you can indeed customize your Sims in the colors of the creatures seen in the EA trailer. A little more level, and you can even play as a Stormtrooper and other key characters. To find these costumes, it is on the side of the hats that it happens. As with each pack, you are also entitled to a handful of dedicated clothes and hairstyles, which will amuse us much less than the completely atypical faces that we will be able to put on. The most is the new aspiration “Star Wars: The Prepared Traveler”. It will reduce your needs once there. You can then choose between two routes; the first will ask you to aspire to a life of hope with the resistance or to support the First Order. The other will give you privateer ambitions, and give you the freedom to join the scoundrels.
AN ATYPICAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION
Once your character has been created, you will be able to move into your usual neighborhood. Because yes, Batuu is not a habitable place, but a holiday destination. And it’s finally not bad. You can satisfy all your needs on site, and return home quietly after several hours by bringing back local recipes. In fact, you don’t even have to go home if you’d rather dedicate your time to Batuu. Note that you can also try to reproduce the cantina bar from your living room with some pretty cool new furniture, just to breathe between your missions. Three areas are explorable, The Black Arrow Outpost being the most interesting since it brings together all kinds of local aliens, the cantina, food vendors or the Dok-Ondar Antique Shop. And you can even organize lightsaber duels there. The districts of the First Order, and especially that of the resistance fighters, will be less rich in activities. The decorations, without being breathtaking and colorful, remain quite unique in the world of The Sims, especially for their rounded roofs.
RETURNS TO THE KEY ELEMENTS OF SAGA
“We assume you don’t know anything about Star Wars” Antonio Romeo explains to us. Indeed, a few descriptions will help you understand the context of the third Star Wars trilogy. But if you are totally foreign to the universe, you may be much less excited than others to find the famous Millennium Falcon, the sabbac game, or the character of Strono “Cookie” Tuggs who will sell you small local dishes. A lot of flagship elements are found in the pack, including the famous star hunters of each camp, that your character can pilot to go on an off-field mission. The areas are not really densely populated, and it will for example be a bit difficult to find inhabitants with neutral status to rally them to the resistance if you accept this mission.
A VARIETY OF MISSIONS AT THE HEART OF THE THREE FACTIONS
As for the missions and the scenario, how is this pack built? The lead producer explains: “It’s not a linear story like StangerVille. (…) Once you hit the end, that was about it. With this pack you have three different paths., so you can choose from the three different stories you want to tell. After which we continue to offer you replayable missions “. The main goal is to forge a reputation for you by carrying out infiltration, espionage or other missions with one of the three factions. And you will be able to completely drop one for the opposing side along the way.
Obviously, your interactions with the First Order will become more strained if you mess around with the Resistance too much. You can also favor missions with scoundrels, which will bring you more credits and freedom. Because yes, here we do not pay with simoleons, but with credits. And don’t worry, they pile up quite easily. Your missions will also earn you points to exchange for rewards, like “State of Mind Cancellation”, “Sleep Replacement” vials, or even a “Gym Pillar” skill. Finally, you are free to indulge in some love affairs with lieutenants or stormtroopers. In short, the pack enjoys some pretty convincing freedom of action.
THE DROID, THE CHARM OF THE PACK
Special mention to the droid that you can adopt, rename, and chat with. It’s upgradeable, plays music, and can hack systems for you when you don’t have the skills yet. It is also much more discreet to accomplish the task, and allows you to avoid an unfortunate identity check. Even better, you can even take it home with you. To buy it, you must first collect scrap metal. Likewise, it is necessary to collect various coins to customize your own lightsaber. The extension therefore benefits from a lot of significant evolutionary possibilities.
TRAVEL ON BATUU, WORTH IT?
Travel on Batuu certainly offers you one of the richest packs in Sims 4. On the program: a vacation spot where you can stay forever, three explorable areas, a bunch of missions alongside three factions, and adorable droids. The lore is pretty consistent overall, and the contents of the pack give you excellent lifespan with replayability as a bonus. For fans and newcomers alike, this is a rich experience that will change the daily life of your Sims.
For more news on the Sims, find our Ecology test, a fun expansion pack packed with new features. And we’re still waiting for more info on The Sims 5.