Last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens may never have gotten an official video game adaptation, but those who do want to play through the saga's seventh episode at home will soon be able to - with a twist. LEGO, who has had tremendous success with Star Wars games before, is releasing a LEGO Force Awakens title later this month, even going beyond the events of the film to provide more story. The additional content may not be considered franchise canon, but it still looks like a lot of fun.
With just a few weeks to go until the game hits shelves (as of this writing), LEGO is ramping up their marketing efforts. To celebrate May the 4th, they unveiled a new trailer and gameplay footage to give players a taste of what they can expect. Now, the focus is being placed on a trio of standout characters from The Force Awakens: BB-8 (watch above), Finn, and Poe Dameron (below), all of whom get their own short video to highlight their role in the game.
Each one runs for 30 seconds, so they exist more to entertain than to provide gamers with significant information about LEGO Force Awakens. Most of the beats covered in them will be familiar to those who have seen the movie, just with the trademark LEGO brand of humor for a final touch (see: BB-8 admiring a game of soccer and Maz Kanata dragging an amused Finn away). The Poe Dameron clip seems to tease one of the game's various side missions, in which the hotshot pilot must rescue Resistance leader Admiral Ackbar from captivity.
The previous LEGO Star Wars games based on the films combined the three installments of the earlier trilogies to craft a complete experience. Some may be concerned that with LEGO Force Awakens just going off of a single movie, it won't be as substantial. However, there's reason to believe this game will provide plenty of bang for the buck. The new story elements (such as Han Solo and Chewbacca hunting rathtars) are a great way to flesh LEGO Force Awakens out so it simply doesn't go through the motions of Episode VII. In addition, the game features dialogue from the film and voice over work from the actual cast, giving it a sense of authenticity to compliment everything else.
Those interested in picking up a copy have incentive to pre-order the deluxe edition. As indicated in the three videos, pre-ordering that version will allow the player to gain early access to the Empire Strikes Back character pack, an exclusive add-on for the Force Awakens game. It will include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han in their Hoth cold weather gear, as well as a collection of fan-favorite bounty hunters like Boba Fett and Bossk. Knowing LEGO, there's probably fun and inventive ways to incorporate these, providing gamers with even more aspects to explore.
Arriving six months after Star Wars 7 premiered, LEGO Force Awakens should benefit from that extended development time. Many games based on movies suffer due to being rushed so they can meet a specific release date. The ones under the LEGO banner have a strong reputation of being some of the better ones, so odds are LEGO Force Awakens won't be any different and keeps Star Wars fever rolling through the summer.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits shelves June 28, 2016. It is now available for preorder.