The Sims 4 Journey to Batuu

Allie Leatherman, Editor-In-Chief

The Sims 4 has had some controversial downloadable content (DLC) in the past- looking at you, My First Pet Stuff and Strangerville– but Journey to Batuu is somehow even worse. On top of being an obvious cash grab, the items and world are completely unusable.

The Sims 4 has three different types of additional content available, including expansion packs, game packs and stuff packs, this new pack being a game pack priced at $20.00. Journey to Batuu was released Sept. 8 and immediately faced backlash from Sims fans. The pack comes with the new “vacation” world where the main goal is to help either the Resistance, First Order or Scoundrels by completing mundane tasks, much like in Strangerville.

EA (Electronic Arts) owns The Sims 4, but also already owns the rights to make Star Wars games. They’ve added some Star Wars content before in the base game, but only ever a couple of costumes or small items. This entire game pack is an obvious cash grab for EA because it allows them to get more money from Disney by promoting their theme park based around Batuu. 

The items in this pack are also completely unusable unless you’re making a Star Wars build. Many items are included, but only a small amount are actually usable in regular builds. Even the Create-a-Sim (CAS) items would be a stretch to use for normal sims.

Batuu is a beautiful world, but how often is it actually going to be used? This pack is going to be played once- twice at most- for the average player. Even if there are three paths to pursue, the tasks are the same routine errands, such as “Ask about the Resistance” and “Check IDs of Suspicious Citizens”. Even fans of Star Wars should steer clear of this pack and focus on other Star Wars games.

This pack should have never been added to The Sims 4. It doesn’t fit in with the rest of the game, which is mostly true to real life. It works more as a spin-off game, and even then isn’t worth the $20.00.