Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
|Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga|
|Publisher(s)||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Series||Lego Star Wars|
|Release||5 April 2022|
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an upcoming Lego-themed action-adventure game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It will be the sixth entry in TT Games' Lego Star Wars series of video games and the successor to Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The game will adapt all nine entries in the Skywalker saga series of films. The game is set to be released on 5 April 2022 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Unlike most Lego video games in which players had to advance through the story in a linear order, players can choose to start the game from any of the three Skywalker saga trilogies and complete them in any order they wish. Each episode will have five story missions, making a total of 45 levels, contrasting from six levels per episode in previous games. Combat has been revamped from previous titles, such as lightsaber wielders now using a variety of combos with light attacks, heavy attacks, and Force moves, and blaster characters having an over-the-shoulder camera (angle featured in many third-person shooter games). The game features 300 playable characters.
Much like its predecessor, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the game's hub will not be a single area, such as the Mos Eisley Cantina in Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, but a wide range of fully explorable planets filled with many iconic Star Wars landmarks. Planets and moons confirmed by the developers so far to be explorable in the hub include Naboo, Tatooine, Coruscant, Kamino, Geonosis, Kashyyyk, Utapau, Mustafar, Yavin 4, Hoth, Dagobah, Bespin, Endor, Jakku, Takodana, D'Qar, Starkiller Base, Ahch-To, Cantonica, Crait, Ajan Kloss, Pasaana, Kijimi, Kef Bir, and Exegol. Many ships will have freely explorable areas in the hub as well, such as Star Destroyers and the Death Star. Random encounters will also happen in the game's hub. For example, an Imperial Star Destroyer could suddenly jump out of hyperspace and send a fleet of TIE Fighters after the player. Players can choose to engage in dogfights with them or continue onward to progress the story.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is also set to include Mumble Mode, an extra feature allowing players to switch between the game's original voice acting and having the characters mumble and grunt, akin to the style of older Lego video games.
Development and marketing
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was first teased to be in development by Lucasfilm sound editor Matthew Wood at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. An announcement trailer premiered at E3 2019 during Microsoft's press conference. A second trailer showing one scene from all nine movies was released on 20 December to coincide with the release of The Rise of Skywalker. The official artwork was revealed on 4 May 2020.
Disney and Lucasfilm had not shared significant details of The Rise of Skywalker with the game team before the film's release. In the meantime, TT Games worked on other aspects of the game until Lucasfilm shared more details. The game is developed in Traveller's Tales' new engine, NTT (pronounced Entity).
On January 20, 2022, a report published by Polygon detailed the amount of crunch that occurred since the game began development back in late 2017, including dozens inside the company being at odds with management, due to expressing frustration over tight development schedules, the company’s crunch culture, and outdated development tools. In addition, the use of NTT was extremely controversial within the company, as many employees had been pushing to instead use Unreal Engine. NTT turned out to be incredibly difficult to use, with some animations taking hours more to produce than they would on the old engine.
Like Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will use original voice acting, with the first actor of the game being Billy Dee Williams voicing Lando Calrissian and the second actor being Tom Kane voicing Yoda, in his final acting credit due to a forced retirement in the wake of his stroke in November 2020.
On 7 May 2020, the release date was mentioned as 20 October 2020 through the Star Wars YouTube channel. On the same day, the original video was made private and a new video, in which the release date was cut out, was uploaded. This date was not otherwise confirmed. On 26 August 2020, the Lego website displayed the release date as being 2021, but the website was taken down. It was then updated to remove any suggestion of a release year. The following day at the 2020 Gamescom Opening Night Live, it was announced that the game would release in Q1/Q2 2021 with additional versions on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. On 2 April 2021, it was announced that the game had been delayed, with no further release window specified.
The game will be available in a Standard Edition and a Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition includes the Character Collection bundle, which collects six character packs based around characters from outside of the Skywalker Saga, which consists of packs from The Mandalorian, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Bad Batch and a pack containing Classic Characters.
The retail Deluxe Edition will come with an exclusive Luke Skywalker with blue milk minifigure, and different box art showcasing Darth Vader, with his mask being removable by lifting up the included slipcase. Physical Deluxe editions will be released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and an Xbox version which can function as both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S versions depending on which console it is played on. A steelbook resembling Han Solo in carbonite is included with pre-orders of any edition from Best Buy or Best Buy Canada or pre-orders of the Deluxe Edition bundle from Game.
On 20 January 2022, it was officially announced the game will release 5 April 2022 alongside a new gameplay trailer.
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