It took less than a day between the leak of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the official announcement by WB Games. Amazon Italy originally listed the game late Monday night, followed by an appearance on the Xbox Store. Now, it is officially coming to PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo platforms, with extra content to fill in some of the gaps from the movie.
TT Games is returning to the most popular franchise in all of its LEGO game titles. The original LEGO Star Wars games, released more than a decade ago, defined the formula for an entire genre of nearly two dozen LEGO games.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will add to the formula with new gameplay features, including the enhanced “Multi-Builds” system. This allows players to choose from multiple building options to open up one path, destroy the build, and build something new to open up another. Additionally, players will be introduced to a new mode, called Blaster Battle, along with arena-based battle space dogfights.
Expect to find hundreds of characters in addition to the announced heroes of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, plus the villains Kylo Ren, General Hux, and Captain Phasma. Naturally, locations include Rey’s homeworld of Jakku, along with Starkiller Base.
The potentially exciting news for Star Wars fans is new content created for LEGO: The Force Awakens that fill in some of the narrative gaps. TT Games announced it worked with LucasFilm to create stories and adventures that that connects the Star Wars narrative from the latest film with Return of the Jedi.
Meanwhile, the exclusivity deal between Sony and Disney for content continues. As with LEGO Avengers, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature two exclusive content packs for the game. The Droid Character Pack and Phantom Limb Level Pack were announced for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on the PlayStation Blog. Details for both were not shared.
A Deluxe Edition of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens also turned up on Amazon for the PS4 and Xbox One. Aside from the gold box, the $70 edition of the game comes with a Finn LEGO Mini-figure, plus a Season Pass for whatever unannounced content TT Games has planned.
“We’re extremely proud of the LEGO Star Wars videogames, truly an incredible franchise that has sold more than 33 million copies and helped ignite a passion for numerous fun-filled LEGO games enjoyed by countless gamers around the world,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be pushing the series forward with innovative new gameplay mechanics, while also exploring new parts of the universe that are sure to excite and delight both LEGO and Star Wars fans, as well as newcomers to our games.”
“We are thrilled to be bringing back the LEGO Star Wars videogame franchise, which kicked off such a beloved series of LEGO titles more than a decade ago,” said Ada Duan, Vice President, Digital Business & Franchise Management, Lucasfilm. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens allows players to experience the new film in a unique way that only TT Games can provide, combining signature humor with epic Star Wars action. With exclusive story content exploring new details about the movie and its characters, it’s a perfect fit for fans young and old.”
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for a June 28 release to the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. What do you think of the return of LEGO Star Wars? Sound off in the comments below.
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