In celebration of Star Wars Day (May the fourth), StarWars.com posted an interview with Jonathan Smith, head of production and strategic director at TT Games, and Craig Derrick, managing producer at Lucasfilm Games, talking about the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. On top of that, the cover art for the game has been revealed as well which is chosen to be vibrant and pays tribute to each trilogy.
The upcoming LEGO game will - as the title says - contain the full Skywalker saga, meaning that all the nine titles will be playable from start to finish. When asked about their decisions on how they were going to handle this big of a project, Craig Derrick explains;
We needed the game to feel epic in scope and scale while bringing the player intimately closer to the action like never before. This required new technology, new game mechanics, and a passionate team of developers to create a cast of hundreds and all the familiar worlds they populate — all with the charm and humor you expect with a LEGO Star Wars game.
With nine titles, that means there will be a ton of content to play through. Don't worry though; the game will allow you to start at any point in the saga. The duo both feels that everybody has their own choice on how they want to experience it and play it, as well as that everybody has their own favourite trilogy that they want to start with.
On top of that, with nine games wrapped up into one, not only does that mean a lot of content to play through, it also means that there will be a lot of characters to play with.
Nearly 500 characters will be present in the game with many of them actually playable. How many exactly was not specified but with nearly 500 characters, it is safe to assume we will have a wide variety to choose from. As for the choices of which characters were chosen to be a part of the game, Craig Derrick mentioned;
It often comes down to storytelling and the specific role of the character in the quests and game progression. Of course, we have almost all of your favorite heroes and villains from the films, many background players, a few surprises, and…Yaddle!
The last two Star Wars movies - The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker - have not been brought to the LEGO universe yet, so this will be the first time that they will be playable as well. The duo talks about bringing the new locations, characters and the actions of these episodes to the game while adding some humour and irreverence to it.
The LEGO games sure do bring some humorous moments with it and they are silly fun, so we are definitely looking forward to the release of this beast.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is slated for release later this year and is coming to the Xbox One family, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC.