Lego Star WarsSkywalker Saga allows you to recreate every scene from the Star Wars films using small Lego blocks. Publisher Warner Bros. Games published a gameplay overview trailer Thursday, and after multiple delays — which have coincided with extensive crunch at developer TT Games, according to a new report from Polygon — announced a release date of April 5 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.
In the trailer, players are shown the basics of Lego. Players will start by selecting which Star Wars trilogy they’d like to play, then they’ll start playing through the story line of the first movie in the bunch.
For those who’ve played Lego games before, the gameplay will be familiar. The combat system has undergone some improvements. The Skywalker Saga includes in-depth combos with different attacks for different types of characters, as well as more Force powers, a new aiming system if you’re using a blaster, and even a cover system. You can also unlock dozens more upgrades to enhance one of your characters’ attributes.
There’s more to this game than just playing through the Skywalker storyline, though. In order to explore and find extra rewards, you have the option to travel to other Star Wars worlds. Meanwhile, Freeplay mode will give you access to the game’s roster of over 300 characters from every corner of the universe.
The Skywalker Saga has been a long time in coming to fruition. The game’s development began in late 2017 and has been delayed three times. In mid-2019, it was finally announced. Polygon reported Thursday that there has been high staff turnover and a change in management at TT Games during the game’s development cycle, and dozens of sources described a culture of crunch that hasn’t been alleviated by the multiple delays.
“It was a very soft-spoken blackmail,”An ex-employee said the following. “‘If people don’t start doing overtime, there’s going to be problems,’”Despite this, the issue was not identified.
TT Games asked Polygon questions about The Skywalker Saga delays and development. Polygon was provided the following statement by a spokesperson from TT Games: “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, is the most ambitious title the studio has ever undertaken. The team is determined to deliver a wonderful Lego experience to our players, and we are giving the game the time it needs to deliver on that aspiration. We greatly appreciate the support and understanding from our fans.”