Remember that scrappy little kid in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, who won a podracing tournament against a bunch of weird-looking aliens? Well, that kid ended up accidentally setting off a chain of events that would span nine feature-length movies, countless books and video games, and a whole lot of memes about having the high ground. Who could have guessed!
And now, just to bring the whole thing full-circle, we're about to get a video game retelling of the "Skywalker Saga", the nine-movie plot arc that follows the Skywalker family from Shmi Skywalker all the way down to her great-grandson Ben — and it's told through LEGO.
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Due for release on April 5th, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will include the whole story, as well as Yoda voice actor Tom Kane's final performance before his forced retirement. This behind-the-scenes trailer features a ton of insight into how TT Games and Lucasarts/Disney worked together to create a uniquely LEGO retelling of the iconic story, plus new mechanics, real-time voice processing, and the joys of working with LEGO.
There are a few Easter Eggs to find in the game, too — like being able to switch all the weapon sounds to mouth noises. You know the ones. Jzwing. Shoosh. Pew pew. There's even the option to turn on "Mumble Mode", which replaces all the dialogue with its old-school LEGO game equivalent where the characters just... mumble. They didn't have the money for full voice-acting back then!
Of course, the development has not been without its problems. Back in January 2022, some of TT's developers spoke out against a culture of crunch on the game, owing to the difficulty of TT's choice of game engine, multiple delays, and abusive management practices.
Barring any further delays, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will release on April 5th, 2022 on Switch, PC, and consoles.