E3 2019 Preview | Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Lego games have often depicted some of our favorite pop culture movies into a family friendly video game. Anywhere from Harry Potter to The Incredibles, the Lego franchise has had a long reach. Of those many games, there’s always been one franchise that tends to give the Lego games the most potential: Star Wars. With several Lego Star Wars games already, Warner Bros. and Traveller’s Tales are going to take on their most ambitious project yet, The Skywalker Saga. We were invited to watch a brief demo of the new game in action, and we were left quite surprised. It’s possible that this may even be their best Lego game yet.
While there was already Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, depicting the first six movies, The Skywalker Saga is not only adding three more movies, but it’s rebuilding the first seven from the ground up. Using updated graphics and effects, Traveller’s Tales is able to really spruce up the older movies. New stories, new presentation, and of course, a ton of Lego bricks. For our demo, we were shown that players could choose any movie in any order they want. They could start with Attack of the Clones and move to Empire Strikes Back, or even start with The Rise of Skywalker. For this demo, we were shown a small glimpse using Return of the Jedi.
Right from the start, we see something entirely different for this series: planetary travel. The demo started out with the player in a Lego Millenium Falcon, able to fly around space however they wish. With that in mind, there can still be random encounters in space, and we saw one unfold here. A gigantic Lego Star Destroyer jumped out of hyper space, initiating a space battle. Lego Tie Fighters storm out and fly after you, giving you a bit of a dog fight. Unfortunately, since time was short, our demo shifted toward a landing on Tatooine.
When landing on a planet, you can choose a landing zone like Mos Eisley, or even the Anchorpoint where Luke’s home is. Landing there, our presenter explored Luke’s childhood home, fully detailed with Lego furniture and more. The area was rather large too, showing a lot of effort that went into accurately portraying the environment. We saw a handful of playable characters too, like Lando Calrissian, who sounded like Billy Dee Williams reprising his role. We also saw Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, and C-3PO. Like every Lego game, each character would have a unique set of skills, like Luke having Force powers. He could use the Jedi mind trick to make Banthas dance, or even use it to play Jawa Soccer.
Various vehicles are available the use on planets, like landspeeders or even the Banthas themselves. Combat seems pretty detailed too, as different characters can use their abilities to fight how they wish. Watching Luke using the Force to take out Tusken Raiders with ease is just a small example. There’s also a new custom combo system for melee attacks, as we saw Luke using his lightsaber to take out enemies. Finally, there are several sidequests in each story that players can take on, sometimes only accessible with the right character. Using C-3PO for example, you can translate an NPC droid’s words and start a quest.
Overall, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga looks like the definitive Lego Star Wars experience. While it seems there won’t be any spin-off movies like Solo or Rogue One, we can still likely expect spin-off characters. The classic Lego humor seems to be fully in tact as well, which is always a good thing. We only saw a glimpse of what the new game has to offer, but fans can expect a ton of content. We won’t see the game until 2020, so there’s quite a wait ahead of us. Either way, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga looks like it’s going to be a galactic blast. Expect the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC when it releases next year.