The press release for the next LEGO Star Wars video game, due out in 2020, and some preliminary screenshots have been distributed - you can read it below and then carry on for a bit of analysis.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm announced LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga
The Galaxy is Yours!
Play Through Favorite Moments from All Nine Star Wars™ Saga Films Like Never Before in a Brand-New LEGO® Video Game
Burbank, Calif. – June 9, 2019 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm today announced LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, a brand-new console game where players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action as told through the unique lens of LEGO. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the biggest LEGO Star Wars game, featuring all nine Skywalker saga films, including the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker. Launching in 2020, the game will immerse players into the expansive saga with the freedom to control hundreds of characters and vehicles to create their own unique journey through the galaxy.
Developed by TT Games in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Games team and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be available for the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC.
Friends and family can dive right into their favorite saga film and play through memorable Star Wars moments, reimagined with LEGO fun and humor. Players can start at the beginning with Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace, begin the original trilogy with Star Wars™: A New Hope, or launch right into Star Wars™: The Last Jedi or Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, both of which are making their LEGO Star Wars game debut. From the desert of Geonosis, to the swamps of Dagobah, to the snowfields of Starkiller Base – players will have the power to revisit any planet, at any time, in any order they wish. The entire galaxy is available to discover and play in.
“LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga marks our return to the franchise that kicked off the LEGO video game series. The game will give fans an all-new LEGO Star Wars experience with complete freedom to explore the LEGO Star Wars galaxy,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the launch of the original LEGO Star Wars game and it’s equally exciting to now move the series forward and help create a new era of LEGO Star Wars games.”
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features the biggest roster of playable characters in the LEGO Star Wars series including the greatest legends from every era of the Skywalker saga. Players can fight against the forces of evil as favorite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Finn, BB-8 and a legion of other heroes, or turn to the dark side as Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and more. The greatest vehicles from across the galaxy are also available to command. Players can jump to lightspeed in the Millennium Falcon to outrun Imperial starships, battle First Order TIE fighters in Resistance X-wings, or podrace on Tatooine.
“With the Skywalker saga coming to an end, we wanted to give fans the ultimate Star Wars video game experience with all the humor and charm that is uniquely LEGO,” said Douglas Reilly, Vice President, Lucasfilm Games. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will bring to life all those Star Wars adventures remembered and undiscovered in an epic culmination of all nine saga films as fans celebrate the closing of this chapter in Star Wars.”
“We are thrilled to continue LEGO Star Wars’ 20 years legacy with this impressive new game where kids and families can join forces to explore the galaxy together,” said Sean McEvoy, Vice President, Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga contains a massive amount of content and is an accessible entry point to the Star Wars galaxy, featuring all of the fun and unforgettable gameplay that makes LEGO games appealing to audiences of all ages.”
LEGO Star Wars video games are enjoyed by multiple generations of gamers around the world with more than 50 million copies sold.
What can we glean from early rush of information?
There is no mention of Rogue One and Solo, and the details specifically mention nine Star Wars movies so there is no doubt that those plots and scenarios represented in any of the A Star Wars Story films won't be touched. (Though there is always the chance that they might be included in later DLC add-ons or as unlockable characters.)
And from the screenshots, it's not a compilation of the original games (LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga and The Force Awakens) with the last two episodes tacked on to the end for good measures, but a complete remastering. While the characteristic LEGO minifigures and essential LEGO play elements won't change too much, the background environments all appear to be realistic ones and not the normal bricks and plates worlds we've been used to.
Speaking of worlds, this new title has taken the rails off gameplay and is giving players open worlds to explore with a number of activities and side missions, that, while are non-compulsory, will earn players currency which they can use to upgrade their weapons and ships.
Yes, ships! Because what good is an open world/galaxy without a means of getting around? This isn't the only gameplay advancement - combat has been overhauled, with new Force moves and improved shooting mechanics, and Force-users will be able to interact with anything in the game, so long as it is made of LEGO.
Exciting times are ahead and no doubt the code monkeys at Traveller's Tales are feverishly mopping their brows trying to keep up with the promises they've made. Good luck to them and may LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga's release date roll round quickly!
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