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|website=[http://www.maxis.com Maxis.com]}}
 
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{{Quote|We're such big'' Star Wars ''fans, and set out to create an authentic and immersive'' Star Wars ''experience for players that also embodies the self-expression and deep storytelling possibilities with'' The Sims''.|Lyndsay Pearson, Maxis executive producer and general manager|url=https://archive.st/archive/2021/8/news.ea.com/h5zu/news.ea.com/press-releases/press-releases-details/2020/Adventure-to-the-Edge-of-the-Galaxy-in-The-Sims-4-Star-Wars-Journey-to-Batuu-Game-Pack/index.html}}
 
{{Quote|We're such big'' Star Wars ''fans, and set out to create an authentic and immersive'' Star Wars ''experience for players that also embodies the self-expression and deep storytelling possibilities with'' The Sims''.|Lyndsay Pearson, Maxis executive producer and general manager|url=https://archive.st/archive/2021/8/news.ea.com/h5zu/news.ea.com/press-releases/press-releases-details/2020/Adventure-to-the-Edge-of-the-Galaxy-in-The-Sims-4-Star-Wars-Journey-to-Batuu-Game-Pack/index.html}}
'''Maxis''' is an [[Wikipedia:Americans|American]] [[video game]] development studio and subsidiary of [[Electronic Arts]]. The studio is best known for the [[Wikipedia:Life simulation game|life simulation]] game series [[Wikipedia:SimCity|''SimCity'']] and [[Wikipedia:The Sims|''The Sims'']].<ref name="Maxis About">{{EA|url=ea-studios/maxis/about|text=About &mdash; Maxis|archiveurl=https://archive.vn/lfJir}}</ref>
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'''Maxis''' is an [[Wikipedia:Americans|American]] [[video game]] development studio and subsidiary of [[Electronic Arts]]. The studio is best known for the [[Wikipedia:Life simulation game|life simulation]] game series [[Wikipedia:SimCity|''SimCity'']] and [[Wikipedia:The Sims|''The Sims'']].<ref name="Maxis About">{{EA|url=ea-studios/maxis/about|text=About &mdash; Maxis|archiveurl=https://archive.vn/lfJir}}</ref> Since [[2014]], Maxis has developed ''[[Star Wars]]''-themed content for ''[[The Sims 4]]'', with a series of free updates adding wearable costumes and a decorative statue while a [[Wikipedia:Downloadable content|downloadable content pack]], [[The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu|''Journey to Batuu'']], added hundreds of themed ''Star Wars'' items as well as entire locations and storylines in [[2020]].
 
Since [[2014]], Maxis has developed ''[[Star Wars]]''-themed content for ''[[The Sims 4]]''. A series of free updates added wearable costumes and a decorative statue while a [[Wikipedia:Downloadable content|downloadable content pack]], [[The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu|''Journey to Batuu'']], added hundreds of themed ''Star Wars'' items as well as entire locations and storylines in [[2020]].
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Founding and acquisition===
 
===Founding and acquisition===
Maxis was founded in [[1987]] by [[Wikipedia:Will Wright (game designer)|Will Wright]] and [[Wikipedia:Jeff Braun|Jeff Braun]]. The company was initially created to be a publishing vehicle for the first [[Wikipedia:SimCity (1989 video game)|''SimCity'']] [[Video game|game]], but soon began to develop further titles.<ref name="SimplyGameSpot" />
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Maxis was founded in [[1987]] by [[Wikipedia:Will Wright (game designer)|Will Wright]] and [[Wikipedia:Jeff Braun|Jeff Braun]]. The company was initially created to be a publishing vehicle for the first [[Wikipedia:SimCity (1989 video game)|''SimCity'']] [[Video game|game]], but soon began to develop further titles.<ref name="SimplyGameSpot" /> On [[July 28]], [[1997]], Maxis was officially acquired by [[Electronic Arts]] and began to function as a subsidiary studio within the company.<ref name="EA Acquisition" /> Since [[2004]], Maxis has operated a studio out of Electronic Arts' offices in [[Wikipedia:Redwood Shores, California|Redwood Shores]], [[Wikipedia:California|California]].<ref name="Redwood Office">{{Cite_web|url=http://www.gamespot.com/news/electronic-arts-moves-maxis-6089213|title=Electronic Arts moves Maxis|author=Feldman, Curt|date=2004-02-11|publisher=[[Wikipedia:GameSpot|GameSpot]]|archiveurl=https://archive.vn/Oh8qQ}}</ref> In [[2015]], the facility became the company's headquarters.<ref name="EA HQ Closure" />
 
On [[July 28]], [[1997]], Maxis was officially acquired by [[Electronic Arts]] and began to function as a subsidiary studio within the company.<ref name="EA Acquisition" /> Since [[2004]], Maxis has operated a studio out of Electronic Arts' offices in [[Wikipedia:Redwood Shores, California|Redwood Shores]], [[Wikipedia:California|California]].<ref name="Redwood Office">{{Cite_web|url=http://www.gamespot.com/news/electronic-arts-moves-maxis-6089213|title=Electronic Arts moves Maxis|author=Feldman, Curt|date=2004-02-11|publisher=[[Wikipedia:GameSpot|GameSpot]]|archiveurl=https://archive.vn/Oh8qQ}}</ref> In [[2015]], the facility became the company's headquarters.<ref name="EA HQ Closure" />
 
   
 
===''Star Wars'' content updates===
 
===''Star Wars'' content updates===
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On [[May 6]], [[2013]], [[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]] and Electronic Arts jointly announced that Electronic Arts would hold exclusive rights to make ''[[Star Wars]]'' video games for the next several years.<ref name="NewGames">{{SW|url=news/electronic-arts-selected-for-multi-year-agreement-for-the-future-of-star-wars-gaming|text=Electronic Arts Selected for Multi-Year Agreement for the Future of Star Wars Gaming}}</ref> After the release of ''[[The Sims 4]]'' on [[September 2]], [[2014]],<ref name="trailer">{{Youtube|video=z00mK3Pxc8w|text=The Sims 4: Official Launch Trailer|channel=TheSims|channelname=The Sims|archivedate=20200827195701}}</ref> Maxis began adding ''Star Wars''-themed content to the game in a series of free updates.<ref name="SimsHalloween">{{EA|url=games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/get-spooky|text=Get Spooky in The Sims 4 This Halloween|archivedate=20200828051924}}</ref>
 
On [[May 6]], [[2013]], [[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]] and Electronic Arts jointly announced that Electronic Arts would hold exclusive rights to make ''[[Star Wars]]'' video games for the next several years.<ref name="NewGames">{{SW|url=news/electronic-arts-selected-for-multi-year-agreement-for-the-future-of-star-wars-gaming|text=Electronic Arts Selected for Multi-Year Agreement for the Future of Star Wars Gaming}}</ref> After the release of ''[[The Sims 4]]'' on [[September 2]], [[2014]],<ref name="trailer">{{Youtube|video=z00mK3Pxc8w|text=The Sims 4: Official Launch Trailer|channel=TheSims|channelname=The Sims|archivedate=20200827195701}}</ref> Maxis began adding ''Star Wars''-themed content to the game in a series of free updates.<ref name="SimsHalloween">{{EA|url=games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/get-spooky|text=Get Spooky in The Sims 4 This Halloween|archivedate=20200828051924}}</ref>
   
Between 2014 and [[2016]], free updates to ''The Sims 4'' have added wearable ''Star Wars''-themed costumes inspired by characters from the [[prequel trilogy|prequel]] and [[original trilogy|original trilogies]].<ref name="SimsMay4">{{EA|url=games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/star-wars-day|text=Celebrate Star Wars™ Day with New Costumes in The Sims 4|archivedate=20200828051141}}</ref> In [[2019]], a statue of the character [[Grogu]] was added to the game to celebrate the release of the [[Disney+]] series ''[[The Mandalorian]]''.<ref name="SimsMando">{{Cite_web|url=https://www.polygon.com/2019/12/12/21013215/baby-yoda-the-mandalorian-the-sims-4-the-child-statue|title=A strangely lifeless Baby Yoda is now in The Sims 4|author=Lee, Julia|date=2019-12-12|publisher=[[Wikipedia:Polygon (website)|Polygon]]|archivedate=20200101030302}}</ref>
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Between 2014 and [[2016]], free updates to ''The Sims 4'' added wearable ''Star Wars''-themed costumes inspired by characters from the [[prequel trilogy|prequel]] and [[original trilogy|original trilogies]].<ref name="SimsMay4">{{EA|url=games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/star-wars-day|text=Celebrate Star Wars™ Day with New Costumes in The Sims 4|archivedate=20200828051141}}</ref> In [[2019]], a statue of the character [[Grogu]] was added to the game to celebrate the release of the [[Disney+]] series ''[[The Mandalorian]]''.<ref name="SimsMando">{{Cite_web|url=https://www.polygon.com/2019/12/12/21013215/baby-yoda-the-mandalorian-the-sims-4-the-child-statue|title=A strangely lifeless Baby Yoda is now in The Sims 4|author=Lee, Julia|date=2019-12-12|publisher=[[Wikipedia:Polygon (website)|Polygon]]|archivedate=20200101030302}}</ref>
   
 
===''Journey to Batuu''===
 
===''Journey to Batuu''===
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On [[August 27]], [[2020]], Maxis and Electronic Arts announced that [[The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu|''Star Wars: Journey to Batuu'']], a [[Wikipedia:Downloadable content|downloadable content pack]] for ''The Sims 4'', was in development in partnership with [[Lucasfilm Ltd.|Lucasfilm]]. The title was released on [[September 8]] of the same year.<ref name="SimsBatuu Press">{{SW|url=news/the-sims-4-star-wars-journey-to-batuu|text=Get Ready to Journey to Batuu in ''The Sims 4''}}</ref>
 
On [[August 27]], [[2020]], Maxis and Electronic Arts announced that [[The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu|''Star Wars: Journey to Batuu'']], a [[Wikipedia:Downloadable content|downloadable content pack]] for ''The Sims 4'', was in development in partnership with [[Lucasfilm Ltd.|Lucasfilm]]. The title was released on [[September 8]] of the same year.<ref name="SimsBatuu Press">{{SW|url=news/the-sims-4-star-wars-journey-to-batuu|text=Get Ready to Journey to Batuu in ''The Sims 4''}}</ref>
   
''Journey to Batuu'' features a recreation of [[Black Spire Outpost]] from the [[Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge|''Star Wars'': Galaxy's Edge]] parks and allows players to explore the planet [[Batuu]], wield [[lightsaber]]s, build [[droid]]s, and interact with key characters from the [[sequel trilogy]] including [[Rey Skywalker|Rey]] and [[Ben Solo|Kylo Ren]]. Players can also choose to complete special missions for the [[Resistance]], the [[First Order]], or [[pirate]]s such as [[Hondo Ohnaka]].<ref name="Journey to Batuu Game">''[[The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu]]''</ref>
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''Journey to Batuu'' features a recreation of [[Black Spire Outpost]] from the [[Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge|''Star Wars'': Galaxy's Edge]] theme park lands and allows players to explore the planet [[Batuu]], wield [[lightsaber]]s, build [[droid]]s, and interact with key characters from the [[sequel trilogy]] including [[Rey Skywalker|Rey]] and [[Ben Solo|Kylo Ren]]. Players can also choose to complete special missions for the [[Resistance]], the [[First Order]], or [[pirate]]s such as [[Hondo Ohnaka]].<ref name="Journey to Batuu Game">''[[The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu]]''</ref>
   
 
==Gameography==
 
==Gameography==

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"We're such big Star Wars fans, and set out to create an authentic and immersive Star Wars experience for players that also embodies the self-expression and deep storytelling possibilities with The Sims."
―Lyndsay Pearson, Maxis executive producer and general manager[src]

Maxis is an American video game development studio and subsidiary of Electronic Arts. The studio is best known for the life simulation game series SimCity and The Sims.[4] Since 2014, Maxis has developed Star Wars-themed content for The Sims 4, with a series of free updates adding wearable costumes and a decorative statue while a downloadable content pack, Journey to Batuu, added hundreds of themed Star Wars items as well as entire locations and storylines in 2020.

History

Founding and acquisition

Maxis was founded in 1987 by Will Wright and Jeff Braun. The company was initially created to be a publishing vehicle for the first SimCity game, but soon began to develop further titles.[1] On July 28, 1997, Maxis was officially acquired by Electronic Arts and began to function as a subsidiary studio within the company.[3] Since 2004, Maxis has operated a studio out of Electronic Arts' offices in Redwood Shores, California.[5] In 2015, the facility became the company's headquarters.[2]

Star Wars content updates

"It might not be Halloween yet, but that doesn't mean you can't throw awesome Star Wars-themed parties in The Sims 4! Just be sure to keep the Sim dressed like Darth Vader away from the Sim dressed like Darth Maul – we don't want to fall into any plot holes, here. Happy Star Wars day everyone!"
―Jonathan Hollander Cooper, Maxis social media manager[src]

Player-created characters or "sims" wearing licensed Star Wars costumes designed by Maxis

On May 6, 2013, Disney and Electronic Arts jointly announced that Electronic Arts would hold exclusive rights to make Star Wars video games for the next several years.[6] After the release of The Sims 4 on September 2, 2014,[7] Maxis began adding Star Wars-themed content to the game in a series of free updates.[8]

Between 2014 and 2016, free updates to The Sims 4 added wearable Star Wars-themed costumes inspired by characters from the prequel and original trilogies.[9] In 2019, a statue of the character Grogu was added to the game to celebrate the release of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.[10]

Journey to Batuu

"We have a lot of Star Wars fans here on The Sims, and we have always wanted to incorporate it into a larger, more fleshed out gameplay experience. When we learned more about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, we thought it was such a unique setting that has so much more to explore. This was a perfect opportunity for us to jump in and provide fans and players with an experience that coincides with their experiences at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge."
―Antonio Romeo, Maxis associate producer, on The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu[src]

Many pre-existing Star Wars characters including Rey and Vi Moradi are featured in Journey to Batuu.

On August 27, 2020, Maxis and Electronic Arts announced that Star Wars: Journey to Batuu, a downloadable content pack for The Sims 4, was in development in partnership with Lucasfilm. The title was released on September 8 of the same year.[11]

Journey to Batuu features a recreation of Black Spire Outpost from the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park lands and allows players to explore the planet Batuu, wield lightsabers, build droids, and interact with key characters from the sequel trilogy including Rey and Kylo Ren. Players can also choose to complete special missions for the Resistance, the First Order, or pirates such as Hondo Ohnaka.[12]

Gameography

Date Title Notes
2014[7] The Sims 4 Star Wars-themed content updates[9]
2020 The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu Downloadable content pack[11]

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