The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu (also referred to as The Sims 4: Journey to Batuu) is the ninth game pack for The Sims 4. As a collaboration with the Star Wars franchise, the pack's icon was leaked on August 2, 2020 and it was officially announced during the 2020 Gamescom opening day livestream on August 27, 2020. Released on September 8, 2020 on all platforms, the pack is focused on the distant planet of Batuu, where the player can participate in missions, collect artifacts, engage in lightsaber duels and obtain droids.
Experience the Edge of the Galaxy – The Sims™ 4 Star Wars™: Journey to Batuu is set on the remote planet of Batuu, inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Resort® and Walt Disney World Resort®. Players will be surrounded by the iconic sights and sounds of Star Wars including Stormtroopers, unique Batuuan attire, custom lightsabers, the bustling activity at the famous Oga's Cantina, the interstellar hits of DJ R-3X and even the Millennium Falcon.
Create Your Star Wars Story – The Resistance, First Order, and scoundrels are fighting to control Batuu, and it’s up to players and their Sims to determine who will succeed. As players undertake challenges and special missions, they can gain (or lose) the trust of the affiliation of their choice, unlock rewards, equipment, new outfits and critical missions that will influence changes to the world and tip the balance of power.
Unite with Iconic Characters – Completing missions earns reputation points and helps them get closer to meeting the leaders of the forces on Batuu. Depending on the choices they make, players will meet iconic Star Wars characters, including Rey and Vi Moradi (Resistance), Kylo Ren (First Order) or Hondo Ohnaka (scoundrels).
Create Your Own Lightsaber – Players will also get to explore Batuu and all it has to offer along their journey, including finding artifacts like kyber crystals and hilts to create the most coveted Star Wars artifact: a lightsaber. Once players collect enough pieces to construct a blade, they can build their fitness skill by training and go head to head against other Sims in lightsaber challenges.
Customize Your Droid Companion – Players will also have a chance to visit the Droid Depot and customize their very own droid to help during missions. Droids are useful companions and can use their scanners on unknown crates, scramble control panels or distract rivals.
Bring Batuu Back Home – The fun doesn’t end on Batuu! When players return home, they can bring back new decor, recipes and artifacts inspired by their travels, including their lightsaber and droid, play a game of sabacc, or even host a playful lightsaber training session.
World and neighborhoods
- Main article: Batuu
The pack includes a destination world called Batuu, which is located in the distant Star Wars galaxy in a star system with three suns and two moons. To visit, players will have to vacation there or wait for a phone call from a friend.
Batuu consists of three neighborhoods, each corresponding with its faction:
- Black Spire Outpost (Scoundrel faction)
- First Order District (First Order faction)
- Resistance Encampment (Resistance faction)
Each neighborhood has a non-editable lot and a faction-specific spaceship to explore in. Batuu also features numerous rabbit holes to visit for needs such as buying food, sleeping or shopping for goods. Whilst there, galactic credits are used as currency instead of simoleons and players everywhere must wear Batuu outfits (which can be customized).
Factions and missions
The player will choose to align themselves with up to two of the three factions: Scoundrel, First Order or Resistance. To do so, missions have to be performed for a specific faction. Upon successful completion of the mission, the player's influence towards the faction will increase, eventually becoming a member of that faction. Sims also earn galactic credits or bonus items as rewards for finishing missions. Reaching higher levels of influence with a faction will bring benefits such as access to its secret areas, permission to fly their spaceship or more social interactions.
Players can only gain influence with either the First Order or the Resistance and performing missions for one faction will decrease its influence on the other. For example, a successful mission for the First Order nets a player more influence with the First Order but as a consequence, its influence with the Resistance is decreased. However influence points for the Scoundrel faction is unaffected and can be gained regardless of a player's alignment with the First Order or the Resistance.
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