New Lego: Star Wars game seeks to reimagine classic Skywalker saga


Will J. Stines, West Hills Staff

14 years ago, Traveler’s Tales Games released their first Lego: Star Wars game. Following its overwhelming success, Traveler’s Tales has been able to produce titles under other properties, such as DC, Marvel, and The Incredibles, as well as their own brand of Lego.

When Rise of Skywalker’s release date was announced for December of 2019, fans of the beloved franchise were wondering what type of merchandise would be available. Sure enough, a first-look trailer for the upcoming Lego game was released soon after at E3 2019. The trailer included that all nine films of the saga will be together in one game.

For the fans of the original two games, there will be a completely new retelling of the Skywalker saga, with a plan to rebuild everything from the ground up.  Unlike previous installments, where players had to start with the Phantom Menace or A New Hope, they don’t have to if they don’t want to. Players can start with Revenge of the Sith, The Empire Strikes Back, or even The Rise of Skywalker; it is totally up to the player where their journey begins.

The game will be time/era specific. This means if players travel to Geonosis during the Clone Wars, they will discover the Separatist droid factory; however, if they go to the same place in the time of the Resistance and the First Order, it will be there, but it will have been long-abandoned.

Traveler’s Tales didn’t specifically say which planets were going to be explorable in the game, but a good guess would be: Geonosis, Dagobah, Tatooine, Hoth, and planets from The Rise of Skywalker.

When it comes to playable characters, the list includes Han Solo, Luke and Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Princess/General Leia Organa, R2D2, Kylo Ren and Darth Vader.

Who wants to fly the Millennium Falcon or any of the vast number of ships from across the galaxy? In addition to open-world game play, players can fly and explore their favorite star cruisers. Now the die-hard fans can live out their Star Wars fantasies, by seeing if The First Order can defeat the Empire, or the Separatists can destroy the Resistance. Many ships and characters can be unlocked during story mode, while others will need to be bought with Lego studs (the game’s currency).

One more thing. Old school Lego video game fans have some good news; the game will include an option to turn off the talking and go back to the classic Lego humor of grunts.

The game will be released in 2020 on Xbox one, Ps4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. It will be rated E10+. The game will cost $59.99 at its launch.