Traveler's Tales announced a Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga release date in an extensive new gameplay overview trailer, following several delays and a difficult development period. The Skywalker Saga launches April 5 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
The new trailer suggests it's quite a different experience from previous Lego Star Wars games as well. The game takes players across the galaxy to numerous locations from the films, and you'll be doing more than just reliving each plot moment from the saga.
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Every location, including space itself, has side quests, minigames, and secrets to uncover alongside the story chapters, and you're free to move between chapters and planets as you see fit - and with any character. You'll eventually unlock dozens of characters from throughout the nine-film saga, and they all have their own abilities and combat specialties to shake up how you approach each stage.
Speaking of shaking things up, TT overhauled Lego Star Wars' combat system as well. You'll string together combos and even pull of counter attacks as you blast, slice, and Force your way through the galaxy. Each character has special abilities for both combat and exploration, so you're free to approach chapters and exploration as you see fit.
There's a dark side to making this the most expansive Lego Star Wars game, though. Shortly after the release date announcement, Polygon published an inside look at TT's development conditions, with nearly two dozen employees reporting on crunch, mismanagement, and indirect threats for those who didn't agree to extensive overtime, not to mention extensive issues with the development engine TT switched to during production.
40 employees left TT in 2021 alone, though Polygon reports there are some signs conditions may be changing in the studio.
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