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A lot of Sims 4 players are annoyed about the new Star Wars Game Pack

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When the Star Wars: Journey to Batuu Game Pack (opens in new tab) was announced for The Sims 4 earlier today, it looked like a fairly innocuous and lucrative way for Electronic Arts to make the most of its Star Wars game license. Star Wars is already completely inescapable: why not have lightsabers and Stormtroopers in The Sims 4? Why not? Why not? Why not? Star Wars is everywhere, there are Star Wars grapes (opens in new tab).

But a lot of The Sims 4 players aren't particularly happy about the expansion. A cursory browse of the relevant hashtags on Twitter, and a mere second spent on the game's subreddit (opens in new tab), will offer ample evidence. 

Here are a few choice tweets that have gained traction:

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Meanwhile, that tried and true metric of popularity, the YouTube upvote and downvote system, shows 43,000 against the reveal trailer, and 22,000 supporting it. The most upvoted comment (opens in new tab) claims that "no one asked for this and even a majority of loyal Star Wars fans don't want this."

Journey to Batuu is a Game Pack, so it'll be a fairly self-contained experience, unlike The Sims 4 expansions. You can take it or leave it, in other words, and I can completely relate to those who'd want to leave it: The Sims 4 is roleplaying par excellence—who wants the stamp of a punishingly ubiquitous media franchise in their carefully managed simulation? (You can also take or leave Baby Yoda (opens in new tab), who has been in the game for a while now). It makes sense to have, for example, Marvel superheroes in Fortnite (opens in new tab), because Fortnite would have no identity if it weren't for its opportunitistic co-mingling with other media phenomena. But The Sims 4 is different: it's intimate.

The Sims 4 community is a vocal one, and broadly speaking, Star Wars is not on the top of its priority list. This Digital Spy user survey (opens in new tab) saw Star Wars come in dead last as a want (below "zombies", "climate change", and "werewolves"). Meanwhile, Maxis addressed the ongoing demand for more nuanced skin tone options (opens in new tab) earlier this month, but it took intense fan pressure in the form of a Change.org petition. 

Whatever the case, a lot of people like Star Wars, but a lot of people don't want Star Wars in The Sims 4. For anyone utterly exhausted by the billion dollar movie series about wars in the stars, the blow back must be cathartic.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.