A new mobile game based on the LEGO Star Wars series has been officially announced today. The game is just the latest in LEGO's lineup of apps for mobile devices, with over two dozen games and apps already on the market.
The LEGO video games have maintained consistent popularity and commercial success for nearly 15 years in a row. A major part of that staying power is due to the numerous other properties that Lego has licensed and adapted into video games based on its play sets. Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the Marvel universe are just a few of them. New LEGO games are being released on a near-constant basis, with multiple games often coming out in a single year. Supplemented by the equally consistent stream of LEGO sets, LEGO shows and LEGO films, the brand has effectively reached every corner of entertainment media and culture.
Another game will be added to that stable soon. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm have announced a new mobile game entitled LEGO Star Wars Battles. Developed by longtime LEGO game developer TT Games' Brighton studio, LEGO Star Wars Battles is billed as an action strategy game: it will combine real-time strategy with deck building in "fast-paced" one-on-one matches. The press release states that players will build decks of light side or dark side forces, mixing and matching characters and vehicles from all eras of Star Wars history. Each match will involve defending and capturing territory as players attempt to destroy their opponents’ base, actively deploying troops and build LEGO towers on the battlefield.
LEGO Star Wars Battles will contain content from the entire Skywalker Saga, as well as The Clone Wars and Rogue One. Collecting characters will be a major aspect of the game, and confirmed characters include Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader as well as Porgs, Stormtroopers and Battle Droids. Vehicles like the Millennium Falcon will also play a part in gameplay, and player progression will unlock different arenas based on familiar Star Wars planets, such as Scarif, Naboo, Hoth, Endor, Geonosis, and more. The game is coming to the Apple App Store and Google Play in 2020 and will be free to download, but will involve in-app purchases.
Many have justifiably called the LEGO games formulaic and repetitive, but that formula never fails to be lighthearted fun. While most LEGO games are known for their family-friendly approach and goofy cooperative antics, LEGO Star Wars Battles seems to be taking the IP in a more competitive direction in the vein of Clash Royale. That aspect may actually make it more appealing to a wider range of players, assuming the game has the "easy to learn, hard to master" quality that will draw in new and experienced players alike.