LEGO began combining its construction bricks with major franchises on game consoles in 2005, with LEGO Star Wars. Eventually progressing through events of the prequels, the original trilogy and even the animated series Clone Wars. Since then there’s been LEGO Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Batman and Marvel’s Avengers.
After Disney bought the rights to Star Wars and Electronic Arts signed a multi-million-dollar deal to make Star Wars games, starting with Battlefront, it didn’t look we’d be swinging LEGO lightsabers again. Thankfully, whatever red tape that needed to be cut has been, as LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives this summer. It could also prove to be the biggest LEGO game yet, as a new gameplay trailer shows off its brand new features.
In the trailer, instantly recognizable moments from the movie look to have been spectacularly recreated in LEGO. New features are also outlined, including Blaster Battles. Players can now engage in intense Blaster Battles. These will be much more engaging than the usual combat experienced in previous LEGO games. You’ll seek cover behind nearby objects and structures before having your character popping out from the safety of cover to fight enemies with precision blaster fire. Different tactics will be available for puzzles with Multi-Builds. The enhanced system will allow players to choose from multiple building options to solve a puzzle and advance the game in different ways, so the same pile of LEGO bricks can be used in varied ways, with the player building and re-building different objects for different purposes. The trailer shows one instance where the player can either build a sub-terrain spider droid or a bag of popcorn.
Check out some high-res stills from the game below:
The trailer promises the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight gameplay like never before - piloting iconic vehicles (including the legendary Millennium Falcon) through arena-based battles and dogfights in space. Evasive manoeuvres on Jakku in the Falcon, taking out pursuers in a Tie Fighter and saving the day in an X-Wing will all be on offer.
Ever since a new Star Wars trilogy was announced, the creation of a new expanded universe has begun, including new comics, novels, and TV shows. This game is no different as LEGO Force Awakens will also include levels of things that weren’t in the film: for example, you’ll be able to play through the moments when Han Solo and Chewbacca capture the Rathars that eventually cause chaos in the film. Plus, there’ll be new adventures of Po Dameron, and secrets uncovered regarding the back story of Lor San Tekka, the mysterious man from the opening scene of the movie.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28 for PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and PC.