This December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is making its way through post production, and Rian Johnson has almost wrapped principal photography on 2017's Star Wars: Episode VIII, but Lucasfilm still hasn't closed the book on last year's mega blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The record shattering box office run is finished and the film is now available on home media, but there's one more piece of merchandise to release before the puzzle is complete. We speak of the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game that will hit various platforms later this month.
There's already been a visible marketing campaign for the title, featuring trailers, gameplay videos, and looks at the various characters. But with E3 2016 currently going on, the timing is perfect for one last promotional push just before the game is released. LEGO unveiled a new preview for their take on The Force Awakens at the convention, which you can watch above.
As was the case with several of the advertising materials before, this trailer does a great job of highlighting the senses of adventure and fun that will serve as hallmarks of the game. There are several instances here of the classic LEGO brand of humor (including an amusing Raiders of the Lost Ark parody) that provide LEGO Force Awakens with solid comedy bits. The appeal of this kind of game is that it doesn't have to be a straightforward adaptation of the film it's based on and can get a little creative in spots. That's why you have stormtroopers golfing on Starkiller base and Kylo Ren slicing up a salad with his lightsaber.
Outside of actual gameplay footage, this is probably the most extensive look at LEGO Star Wars 7 yet, showcasing the vast array of locations, playable characters, and voice over work by the movie's cast. Since Force Awakens never had a "true" game adaptation, this is the closest fans will get, not that that's a bad thing. The previous LEGO Star Wars games were all well-received critically and sold several copies, so chances are this addition to the series will be another success. After Episode VII reinvigorated the galaxy far, far away, many are eager for new ways to bring it home and experience the story.
Gamers who enjoy Star Wars titles are experiencing an exciting time right now. During E3, EA offered a look at what they have in store for the future, and next month's Star Wars Celebration event in London will see the "highest volume of gaming content" ever at Celebration. This includes a spot for LEGO Force Awakens (among others) and there could also be some new games officially announced. Last year's Battlefront disappointed some due to its lack of content, but the developers behind Star Wars games are making strides in ensuring the upcoming efforts are marked improvements and worth the high price tag.
LEGO is at the forefront of this, and the time they took working on their Force Awakens game should prove to be a benefit. It was obviously not rushed and came out when it was deemed ready. The company is already looking ahead to Rogue One, so hopefully this is the beginning of a new era of great LEGO Star Wars games to compliment all the films Disney is releasing.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit shelves on June 28, 2016.