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TT Games working to "benchmark and optimize" LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on Switch, are "really pleased" with the results

Looks good, this one does

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is most likely going to be a big hit on Switch, and TT Games knows the potential audience for the platform is huge. That's why they want to make sure they do the best they can with the Switch version. In an interview with NintendoEverything, TT Games creative leads Arthur Parsons talks about the continuing work on the Switch version, and where they're at right now.

In terms of the actual figures, we’re going to continue to benchmark and optimize. We’ll look at it more. Right now today we’re happy with what we’ve shown, and it looks good. We’re really pleased. And part of it was gauging, is this going to stand up when people see it for the first time? Are they going to go, “Oh, this doesn’t look so great.” Or are they going to go, “Woah”? And it was definitely the latter. Every time we’ve shown it, people have gone, “Wow, this is a big step up for LEGO games.” And we’re like, “Great, so that’s the benchmark for the visuals.” Let’s make sure we can make that perform. And we think we certainly can. But first, let’s make sure that this is the level that people expect from a next-generation LEGO game.

TT Games shares their love for Switch, says LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga runs like a dream on the platform

Big fans of Switch

TT Games has a very long history with Nintendo platforms, and they're continuing that line with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on Switch. In a NintendoEverything interview, TT Games' James Burgon and Arthur Parsons talk about their work on the Switch version of the game, as well as the Switch in general. Check out what they had to say below.

James Burgon: “It’s been really good actually. The first build that we had on Switch ran like a dream, so it’s great. With the new technology, we started off and had that in mind because Switch is one of our biggest platforms actually in the US, so we really want to do it justice on that platform.”

Arthur Parsons: “We love Switch. We love Nintendo. TT loves Nintendo, right? If you go back to the original Star Wars games with the Complete Saga which is one of the first game that I worked on back in 2006 – those games and Indy 1, and that kind of stuff, they were on Wii and then the Wii U. TT has been really good about doing the same game across all platforms without having to make it so much worse because we’ve been doing this for a long, long time. So the Switch, that’s not a challenge for us. Yeah there’s different technical hardware and software things with all consoles, but we work hard to make sure the experience is as good as it can be on all platforms including Switch.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga "Countdown" Trailer

Seems like a good day to release this trailer

A brand new decade. A brand new game. LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga arrives 2020! The countdown to the epic conclusion of The Skywalker Saga has begun. Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December and next year play all nine films in one great game.

Its been awhile since we've seen anything of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which makes the above teaser trailer all the sweeter. Looks like we can expect the info to start coming fast and furious next year!

TT Games on why they're excited to return to Star Wars, and challenges with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Something old and something new

TT Games is no stranger to the Star Wars brand, as they've created their fair share of LEGO Star Wars experiences. The team isn't done with the universe though, as they're tackling their biggest adventure yet with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. In an interview with GamesIndustry, TT Games' James McCloughlin discusses why it's exciting to return to the series, and also what makes this new installment a bit of a challenge.

"We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games -- mainly episodes one to six -- and since then we have learned so much as a studio. The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.

We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn't as readily available fifteen years ago. We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.

One of the challenges of a game this size, with this amount of freedom is we don't know what order everyone will play it. This adds more importance to how we develop and elevate the game. Freedom is a massive part of modern games -- since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio."

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga - video interview

Walking the Skywalk

Our friend Victor Lucas over at Electric Playground made the rounds at E3 2019 to talk to the LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gang about their upcoming title. Man, the more I hear about this game, the more pumped I am for it. Sounds like they're really trying to take the series in a new direction!

The LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga dev team will at least consider an option for fans who want less talking and more grunts

Going back to the golden era

For a long time, LEGO games weren't voice acted, outside of various grunts, groans, and laughs. Things eventually shifted to fully-voiced dialog, and longtime series fans miss the days of simpler voice acting. Is there any chance a feature like that could come back for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga? According to James McLoughlin, Game Director of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, it's not out of the question.

GameStop interviewed Mr. McLoughlin, who addressed the many, man fan requests for more simple voice acting. While it's not a feature in the game, TT Games has definitely heard the requests, and the topic will at least be discussed. Ideas such as being able to turn the voice acting off, or going back to grunts, were at least floated during the interview. I guess we'll have to cross our fingers and hope for the best!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is packing in tons of new features/content, and the devs were inspired by Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Help me Link, you're my only hope

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga isn't going to be rehash of previously-released LEGO Star Wars games. This is a completely new experience, and the dev team on the project is going all-out with changes, features, and content not seen in the LEGO game series before. Turns out the team has been inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild well. Check out the rundown of new details below, courtesy of a Kotaku hands-on session.

- the camera is closer in and behind-the back
- the camera is controlled freely with the analog stick
- the developers have changed the camera system because they believe kids have gotten better at free-control cameras
- combat now involves light attacks, heavy attacks and force moves
- the game looks more like it is composed of LEGO bricks than previous installments
- the in-game version of the Millennium Falcon would take roughly 18,000,000 bricks to be recreated in real life
- all spaceship interiors are rendered as if fully made of LEGOs, including action set in the Death Star
- the game also includes an all-LEGO Sarlacc Pit
- the game is broken up into nine regions, each consisting of two or three planets that are featured in the movies
- start the game by picking one of the nine main Star Wars films
- planets contain a mix of movie-centric material and more generalized Star Wars activities
- picking a movie unlocks some planets that include levels from those films
- players can always go back and start a new movie before finishing the one they started
- any planets unlocked for one movie will be available to freely visit even once another movie has been selected
- the movies are depicted through a mix of activities in the open world and discrete levels
- there will be five levels for each film
- the developers are trying to focus as much as possible on sections of the movies that weren’t turned into levels previously
- the first mission for the Phantom Menace will be the underwater chase through the core of the planet Naboo
- the devs say they didn’t have the tech to do that kind of stuff back in the day
- Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn’s arrival on a trade federation ship are handled in the game’s open world
- visit the Anchorhead region of Tatooine
- you'll see all sorts of characters here, including R2D2, Jawas and Banthas, which you can ride
- there are 500 quests in the game
- one quest involves translating for and then helping a Gonk droid
- the devs recognize the open world content needed a bit more 'oomph'
- the devs cited Legends Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a source of inspiration on how to kick up this aspect of gameplay
-. the team says like in Breath of the Wild, the goal is that with every corner you turn, there’s always something to do
- the team is filling more of the world with puzzle
- the open world will have bounty hunter missions in which you go to a planet to seek a character hidden somewhere else
- here's also “smuggler’s runs” where you pick up cargo and have to fly it from system to system without being caught
- you can stop doing one sidequest before finishing it, start another, and the game will remember your progress
- Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker content hasn’t been put in the game yet, because the devs haven’t been told the plot
- the game will support co-op, with the view being split evenly during levels
- when asked about online co-op, the devs said they have the tech for it, but stopped short of confirming

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga - more screens

Check out more screens here

For the first time in the series’ history, players can start the game at any point in the Star Wars timeline; fans can jump in with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, begin the original trilogy with Star Wars: A New Hope, or launch right into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga seeing release in Japan

Search your feelings, you will know it to be true

It took a couple days, but we finally have confirmation of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga seeing release for Switch in Japan. The official Japanese version of the trailer just went live today. All we know is that the game will see launch sometime in 2020.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga - official press release and fact sheet

The Force is strong with this one

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO® Group, and Lucasfilm yesterday announced LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, a brand-new console game where players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action as told through the unique lens of LEGO®. LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga is the biggest LEGO® Star Wars™ game, featuring all nine Skywalker saga films, including the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker. Launching in 2020, the game will immerse players into the expansive saga with the freedom to control hundreds of characters and vehicles to create their own unique journey through the galaxy.

Developed by TT Games in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Games team and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga will be available for the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Friends and family can dive right into their favourite saga film and play through memorable Star Wars™ moments, reimagined with LEGO® fun and humour. Players can start at the beginning with Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace, begin the original trilogy with Star Wars™: A New Hope, or launch right into Star Wars™: The Last Jedi or Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker, both of which are making their Star Wars™ game debut. From the desert of Geonosis, to the swamps of Dagobah, to the snowfields of Starkiller Base – players will have the power to revisit any planet, at any time, in any order they wish. The entire galaxy is available to discover and play in.

“LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga marks our return to the franchise that kicked off the LEGO video game series. The game will give fans an all-new LEGO Star Wars experience with complete freedom to explore the LEGO Star Wars galaxy,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the launch of the original LEGO Star Wars game and it’s equally exciting to now move the series forward and help create a new era of LEGO Star Wars games.”

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga features the biggest roster of playable characters in the LEGO® Star Wars™ series including the greatest legends from every era of the Skywalker saga. Players can fight against the forces of evil as favourite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Finn, BB-8 and a legion of other heroes, or turn to the dark side as Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and more. The greatest vehicles from across the galaxy are also available to command. Players can jump to lightspeed in the Millennium Falcon to outrun Imperial starships, battle First Order TIE fighters in Resistance X-Wings, or podrace on Tatooine.

“With the Skywalker saga coming to an end, we wanted to give fans the ultimate Star Wars video game experience with all the humour and charm that is uniquely LEGO,” said Douglas Reilly, Vice President, Lucasfilm Games. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will bring to life all those Star Wars adventures remembered and undiscovered in an epic culmination of all nine saga films as fans celebrate the closing of this chapter in Star Wars.”

“We are thrilled to continue LEGO Star Wars’ 20 years legacy with this impressive new game where kids and families can join forces to explore the galaxy together,” said Sean McEvoy, Vice President, Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga contains a massive amount of content and is an accessible entry point to the Star Wars galaxy, featuring all of the fun and unforgettable gameplay that makes LEGO games appealing to audiences of all ages.”

LEGO® Star Wars™ video games are enjoyed by multiple generations of gamers around the world with more than 50 million copies sold.

RELEASE DATE: 2020
DEVELOPER: TT Games
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
RATING: PEGI 7 (Provisional)
GENRE: Action-Adventure
PLATFORMS: Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch™ and PC

OVERVIEW:

The galaxy is yours in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga. In this brand-new console game, players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action from all nine Skywalker saga films retold with signature LEGO® humour, including the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker. the game will immerse players in the expansive saga with the freedom to control hundreds of characters, ships and vehicles to create their own unique journey through the galaxy.

FEATURES:

• Explore the Saga in Any Order – Players can dive into the Skywalker saga and access any of the nine saga films right away in any order they choose. They can direct where to go and how to play.

• Laugh Out Loud LEGO® Humour – All the unforgettable moments from the entire saga have been retold in new, fun-filled, hilarious LEGO® humour.

• Play as Iconic Heroes and Villains – There are hundreds of playable characters from throughout the galaxy and every era of the saga. Players can play as Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Finn, BB-8 and a legion of other heroes, or turn to the dark side as Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and more.

• Discover Legendary Locales – Players can visit legendary locales from their favourite Star Wars™ films such as the desert of Geonosis, to the swamps of Dagobah and the snowfields of Starkiller Base. They can then travel through space and revisit any planet at any time. Expansive hub areas based on memorable settings from the films offer fun quests and more to explore.

• Powerful Player Experiences – Players can play on the light or dark side of the Force, master combat, and take control of ships and vehicles for empowering adventures throughout the galaxy.

• Always Family Friendly – This is an imaginative and funny LEGO® gaming experience appropriate for kids of all ages. It is an accessible entry point into the Star Wars™ galaxy that is easy for a younger audience to pick up and play while still deep enough for anyone to enjoy.

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