LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga won't include microtransactions of any kind, according to TT Games designer Mike Consalvey. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a reimagining of every LEGO Star Wars game that came before it, aside from The Clone Wars entry. It'll have players progress through Episodes I through IX with new gameplay mechanics, enhanced visuals, tons of characters, and more.
This time around, a new currency called Kyber Bricks is used in place of the gold bricks that were a staple of every LEGO game that came before. Kyber Bricks are a spin on Star Wars' Kyber Crystals, which are used to power the Jedi and Sith lightsabers. Of course, players can also acquire Studs, a mechanic players are already used to. Unlockables overall will be more in-depth than ever.
As part of an an interview with Screen Rant, designer Mike Consalvey said that players can expect everything in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga to be earnable via gameplay. Kyber Bricks will not be purchasable. So like a traditional LEGO game, players will have to run through levels multiple times and explore if they want to see and unlock everything The Skywalker Saga has to offer. Here are Consalvey's full quotes on the subject.
So what's going on with the game's economy? There are Kyber Bricks now instead of the Gold, and they mentioned they can be used to customize vehicles, characters, etc.
So yeah, with Kyber Bricks, essentially... if you know about the history of LEGO games, in general, we have Gold Bricks. Kyber Bricks is that sort of same collectible; the method of collecting Kyber Bricks is pretty much the same as Gold Bricks. But in this instance, we're using them to add different upgrades to vehicles, level of customization, and that sort of thing. The more you collect along the way, the more you can get, as well as the use of Studs, which is traditional with our game. It's collecting the LEGO Studs that [allows you] to purchase different characters or different items within the game. So it's sticking to what we usually do in LEGO Star Wars games, but actually just making it more in-depth in terms of the unlockables and that sort of thing.
For those characters, is any real money used to purchase them?
No, no. It's just all going to be in the game.
It's ALL in the game?
Yeah, you'll just get characters along the way; the more of the story you progress through.
Everything is earned through gameplay?
Everything is through gameplay, yeah. Absolutely.
It's worth nothing that while the base game won't include microtransactions, that doesn't mean that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga won't include any downloadable content. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a variety of special character packs and levels made available over time. For example, a character pack based on Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars was released, along with a level that gave fans a look at some characters who weren't in Episode VII very long. Thankfully, all of that DLC was pretty reasonably priced.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will include The Last Jedi as well as 2019's The Rise of Skywalker in LEGO video game form for the first time. After the LEGO Star Wars series took a short break following 2016's LEGO The Force Awakens, The Skywalker Saga will launch sometime in 2020 according to the game's official reveal trailer from E3 2019. It'll be more open than any previous Star Wars game that came before it, and additionally, offer a new third-person over-the-shoulder camera angle for each character.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019