LEGO game fans have been waiting for the next LEGO Star Wars for quite a while now. 2020 was the first time in 15 years that a LEGO game did not have a yearly release, due to the ambitious LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being delayed multiple times. First set to release in October 2020, the last major trailer for The Skywalker Saga confirmed it had been delayed to spring 2021. Now, just a few days ago, Traveller’s Tales has delayed the game once more to an undetermined date. This delay owes to the current pandemic somewhat, but also has to do with the massive scope of this particular entry.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to be the largest LEGO Star Wars game to date, and not just because it adapts all nine films. While the basic core established by the previous seven Episodes-worth (plus The Clone Wars) of LEGO Star Wars is still meant to be present, this game has been rebuilt from the ground up to bring the grandest experience possible to current and next-generation consoles. With the roster clocking in at over 300 playable characters, the ability to play the Episodes in any order, new cutscenes and levels for all the old Episodes, and even an overhauled gameplay system, there’s no question that this is the largest LEGO Star Wars yet.
Despite the amount of details released for the game, not much has been revealed by the few largely-cutscene trailers. The first trailer, released June 9th, 2019, was a CGI trailer showing brief, humorous clips from the three different eras of Star Wars. Darth Maul is shown fighting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, Darth Vader and Luke are seen having their Cloud City duel where Luke loses his hand, and the beginning of the first Rey and Kylo duel is shown (with Kylo being an even more blatant Darth Vader fan than normal). The trailer ends with the game’s title reveal, and its initial 2020 release window.
On December 20th, 2019, WB Games and TT Games released a countdown trailer for The Skywalker Saga, alongside the launch of Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker. This trailer is another cutscene-only trailer devoted to remaking various iconic scenes from throughout the films in the LEGO style. However, this trailer used in-game graphics from The Skywalker Saga instead of the previous trailer’s CGI. The trailer ended with a re-confirmation of a 2020 release date for the game, which, as mentioned previously, did not stick. After this trailer, there was a five-month gap of silence before the game’s cover was revealed on May 4th 2020.
Fans finally got thrown a bone on August 27th, 2020, with the first true gameplay trailer released during Gamescom 2020. This two-and-a-half minute trailer showed gameplay and cutscene clips from every Episode, including things like boss fights, lightsaber battles, podracing, and more. There is also a firm confirmation that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in addition to its previously announced platforms. A Deluxe Edition with Darth Vader prominently featured on the box was also revealed, alongside a young Luke figurine holding blue milk and a Character Collection DLC pass.
The primary focus of this trailer, however, was showing off the massive number of gameplay changes that had been teased in interviews for the past year. Gunners now have a third-person camera to manually aim their shots, and melee fighters have light and heavy attack buttons. Force powers seem to be able to be more casually used on groups of enemies, and lightsaber battles have plenty of pomp and context-sensitive actions to recall their source fights.
Vehicles also have different camera angles now, and starships can now be piloted freely in certain stages. Some areas also seemed to support more exploration than they used to in the previously linear LEGO Star Wars games. Finally, this Gamescom trailer set the spring 2021 release window, which is now outdated.
A snippet of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is present in the Lucasfilm Games reveal reel released on January 11th, 2021. Lucasfilm Games is the new branding all future Star Wars and Indiana Jones games will be under. Lucasfilm Games released a sizzle reel that contained roughly five seconds of new LEGO Star Wars footage, which, while not much, is at least a sign of life. Aside from that, the rest of the trailer was devoted to other contemporary Star Wars games and related projects.
On April 1st, 2021, the LEGO YouTube channel uploaded what was allegedly the final trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. This trailer contained LEGO recreations of various scenes throughout the Star Wars movies, and nothing else. Given that it was uploaded on April Fool’s Day, the title may have been a joke — but the title of the next trailer indicates it’s actually something else entirely: The Skywalker Saga was supposed to release around now.
This trailer, released on April 4th, 2021, is very similar to the last one. It features no gameplay, and is once again devoted to showing a variety of cutscenes and CGI trailer footage for The Skywalker Saga. It does reveal that there will be large scale battles and online multiplayer, and reinforces the notion that over 300 characters will be playable. Still, with no actual release in sight, this trailer is left in a rather limp state.
That is currently all of the video footage that exists for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. More interviews and statements have come out since the gameplay reveal, and the picture of a hyper-ambitious game has only been painted further. Apparently, a new upgrade system and a way to track multiple quests in the open world will be present in the final game. What might not be are next-gen exclusive features like ray-tracing and 3D audio, but this information comes from an interview conducted months before the last delay, so it’s difficult to say if it’s still accurate.
Currently, that’s all that is known about LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. With nine Episodes covered, 23 explorable planets, over 300 playable characters, and over 800 character models total, this marks the most ambitious LEGO game yet. It even has the chance to fix some of the narrative mistakes from the movies. While fans are getting restless with waiting, Traveller’s Tales has proven itself trustworthy in delivering quality products in the past, and likely wants to make this one its magnum opus. The current release date seems to be stranded in a galaxy far, far away, but the end of this epic saga feels like it’s drawing ever closer somewhere over the horizon.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is in development for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.