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E3 2019: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Gameplay Preview

June 26, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Believe it or not, EA isn’t doing all the Star Wars video games. One is actually being published by WB Games by way of TT Games. During E3 2019, 411mania had the chance to check out the behind-closed-doors preview for the next installment of the LEGO Star Wars video game series from TT Games, which is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. This new game based on everyone’s favorite movie franchise with everyone’s favorite toy bricks covers every entry into the main Star Wars film saga, including December’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.

This was a hands-off gameplay presentation, where the devs shared an early look at the main menu and the Tatooine map. The main menu allows players to jump into any film in the episodic Star Wars saga. According to Lucasfilm and TT Games, players will be able to start at whatever point they with in the Skywalker Saga’s history, so that means they can start right off the bat with Episode IX. One thing that separates this from previous LEGO Star Wars entries is much larger and wide open maps. Not to mention, a given planet will have multiple landing points. So, players can land on the Owen and Beru Lars homestead, or they can land at Mos Eisley.

The Tatooine gameplay map looks a lot larger than any gameplay map or stage for previous LEGO Star Wars entries. There’s a lot more open space and a lot more exploration. It also looks like the developers put a lot more effort into adding extra detail in the graphics, with sand particles interacting with the character’s feet, and the massive rock formations that make up Tatooine. For example, when players walk through sand, you can see it staining or creating dust on their legs and boots.

The demo presentation showed that you can switch between multiple classic and iconic Star Wars heroes and villains throughout the game. It wasn’t clear, but this gameplay footage looked like it was taking place outside the main story campaign and just doing some general free play or free exploration on Tatooine. It wasn’t shown, but players can also visit Obi-Wan Kenobi’s homestead. Also, Jabba’s Palace and Sail Barge from Return of the Jedi were clearly visible, as was the infamous Sarlacc Pit.

Additionally, the Tattooine environment looks like it was filled with a lot of various NPCs, including Droids, Banthas, and Jawas that you can interact and play around with. So, this very much looks like a game that kids can play and enjoy and one that will keep them engaged with fun, wholesome gameplay activity. Plus, it has that trademark LEGO charm and sense of humor.

Honestly, the LEGO Star Wars game series isn’t my favorite, but I can see the appeal for the series as a gateway game for younger players and young Star Wars fans. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker definitely has that going for it. For LEGO fanatics, there are also some impressive in-game builds, such as the Jabba Sail Barge and a Super Star Destroyer, which I believe was constructed (digitally of course) with over one million LEGO pieces. That said, seeing that massive LEGO version of a Super Star Destroyer, I’d very much like to see one constructed physically in real life. The Skywalker Saga looks like it will be a game that parents can enjoy with their small children, especially if they are all into LEGOs and Star Wars and want to enjoy them together.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is currently in the works for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It’s scheduled for a 2020 release.