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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!

LEGO Games releases 'Holiday Catalog' commercial for their games

A LEGO extravaganza!

Warner Bros. has put together a special commercial to promote their various LEGO games as we lead into the holiday season. There's certainly a lot to pick from, and some should be pretty cheap to pick up by this point. Hopefully you can find one or two in the mix you're interested in!

LEGO Jurassic World - Japanese trailer

LEGO® Jurassic World™ is the first videogame to let players experience all four Jurassic films in humorous LEGO form. The thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans to play through key moments and giving them the opportunity to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar & Isla Sorna.

LEGO Jurassic World seeing release in Japan, cover art shared

A roaring good time

It took a little bit, but LEGO Jurassic World is finally confirmed for a Switch launch in Japan. The title is set for launch on Nov. 21st, 2019, and is priced at ¥4,950. Warner Bros. is handling publishing duties, and this version should be exactly the same as in other regions.

LEGO Jurassic World heading to Switch on Sept. 17th, 2019, includes all previously-released DLC

Life...finds a way

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Universal Games and Digital Platforms today announced that the top-selling 2015 video game LEGO Jurassic World is coming to Nintendo Switch on 20th September 2019. The game also supports handheld mode and will be playable on the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Jurassic World, which was originally released in 2015, covers more than two decades of the epic Jurassic World franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. Re-imagined in LEGO form and told with TT Games’ signature humour, the thrilling adventure re-creates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World, allowing fans to play through key moments and giving them the opportunity to fully explore the expansive islands of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.

“We’re delighted to bring the exhilarating adventures in LEGO Jurassic World to a new generation of players on Nintendo Switch,” said Jonathan Smith, Head of Production and Strategic Director, TT Games. “The young and young-at-heart will love re-experiencing the magic of the movies told through a LEGO lens at home and on-the-go.”

Players can take on the roles of heroic film characters, such as Dr. Ian Malcolm, Dr. Henry Wu, Claire Dearing, Owen Grady and more, throughout 20 story levels on a mission to collect precious amber containing dinosaur DNA. Players can use the DNA they’ve collected to create completely original dinosaurs with the Dino Customiser by mixing and matching colour, body parts and abilities, or fill the giant footsteps of the LEGO dinosaurs and play the game as the beasts themselves.

LEGO Jurassic World for Nintendo Switch also offers three previously released DLC packs, including:

Jurassic World DLC Pack: Gives players access to six new characters, two new vehicles, the JURASSIC Response Unit, the JURASSIC WORLD Shuttle, and more.
Jurassic Park Trilogy Pack #1: Grants access to three characters and one vehicle including, Dino Handler, Eric Kirby and Paul Kirby, and the Animal Control Vehicle.
Jurassic Park Trilogy Pack #2: Provides access to three characters and one vehicle including Jurassic Park Helicopter Pilot, Lex and Tim Murphy, and Dr. Ian Malcolm’s convertible.

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!

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