In the months leading up to the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, there was all kinds of tie-in merchandise flooding store shelves. Everything from Hasbro action figures to cases of bottled water had the Star Wars logo on it. It's hard to say there was a shortage of Force Awakens products, but one noticeable omission was the lack of an official video game adaptation of the movie. The closest gamers got was the Disney Infinity 3.0 Force Awakens play set, which recreated moments from the film. But soon, that will (kind of) change.
In the past decade, there have been numerous LEGO Star Wars video games released for various platforms, providing an entertaining spin on the events of the previous six films. The series has sold more than 33 million copies, so it's no surprise that TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are at it again and will release a LEGO Force Awakens game on June 28, 2016. You can watch the amusing announcement trailer above.
The game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. A deluxe edition of the title will be made for PS4 and Xbox One, including an exclusive Finn mini figure and access to the game's season pass. The PS4 and PS3 versions of LEGO Force Awakens provides exclusive downloadable content, the Droid Character Pack, and the Phantom Limb Level Pack.
In addition to playing through the events of The Force Awakens in the classic LEGO video game way, Star Wars fans have a little extra incentive to pick up a copy. LEGO Force Awakens will feature additional story content that fills in the gap between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars 7, providing new insight on the movie and its characters. There's no word on what exactly that information will entail, but it's a tantalizing tease nonetheless. Few would have predicted a light-hearted LEGO video game would be the source for new details about the Star Wars galaxy, so this is quite a surprise from the Lucasfilm story group. Everything is canon as it turns out.
The new title will also introduce fresh gameplay features for the LEGO series. There's an enhanced "Multi-Builds" system where players can choose from multiple building options to advance the narrative. Players can also participate in intense Blaster Battles for the first time, using the surrounding environments to drive back the First Order soldiers. There is also the opportunity to take part in high-speed flight gameplay via arena based battles and space dogfights. A variety of vehicles will be available, including the Millennium Falcon.
For gamers looking for a Star Wars fix on their console of choice, LEGO The Force Awakens sounds like it'll be worth picking up. The previous games in the franchise were all fun to play, so there's reason to believe the latest edition will be more of the same. EA may have decided to never move forward with an "actual" tie-in game for the film (choosing to concentrate efforts on Star Wars Battlefront), but this should make up for that. It's hard to go wrong with LEGO.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available June 28, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.