Everything We Know about 'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Yesssss! LEGO Star Wars is back, and it looks incredible

The LEGO games are a staple of many family's video game collections.

Something magical happens when you combine LEGO building bricks with Star Wars, and it didn't take long after the two entities came together in 1999 for game developers TT Games to realize that there was huge potential for fun gaming.

The first game, titled simply, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, surprised everyone who picked up the controller. It was a winning combination of prequel scenes reinterpreted through the lens of lighthearted LEGO animation. LEGO concepts like object and vehicle building enhanced the experience, and the ability to switch between dozens of characters was a masterstroke.

It soon received a sequel, and birthed an entire industry of LEGO games, with TT Games taking on numerous big-budget Hollywood franchises, including Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, DC Comics superheroes, Marvel Comics superheroes, Jurassic Park, and more.

But with the arrival of a new Star Wars movie, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before TT Games went back to the franchise that put them on the map. But the LEGO games have grown and changed so much since then that it's almost like a whole new franchise.

If you haven't seen it yet, the announcement trailer is a pitch-perfect LEGO recreation of the movie's first teaser, effortlessly demonstrating the LEGO formula that TT Games has mastered.

The following includes spoilers for The Force Awakens and prior LEGO Star Wars video games.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives June 28, 2016. It will be available for every major console at a suggested price of $59.99; PC and handheld versions typically cost a little less.

Here's what we know.

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What's New

'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot
'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot. TT Games / WB Games / Lucasfilm Ltd.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the fourth video game marriage of the LEGO brand and Star Wars -- and the first entry in five long years.

The game will also feature more than 200 playable characters, over 40 vehicles you can pilot, and five hub worlds.

The hub worlds are known to LEGO gamers as the free-roam areas you can explore at your leisure and take part in side quests that unlock added rewards, characters, etc. The five hubs have already been confirmed to be Jakku, the Millennium Falcon (probably how you'll get to the other four), Maz's Castle on Takodana, the Resistance base on D'Qar, and Starkiller Base.

TT Games is always iterating on its gameplay ideas, perfecting existing aspects and introducing new ones. With Force Awakens, TT is introducing some intriguing new mechanics.

The biggest innovation is probably the "Multi-Build" system. Now, anytime you come across a jumping pile of bricks waiting to be built, you'll be presented with a choice about what to build. One of those choices will let you progress forward in the game, another might help you reach collectibles.

"Blaster Battles" are challenges that bring cover-based shooting to the series. There are also arena-based battle challenges, dogfights in space, and more.

Fun fact: Since speaking characters weren't added to LEGO games until the last few years, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the first LEGO Star Wars game in which characters will actually talk (instead of pantomiming).

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Characters

'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot
'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot. TT Games / WB Games / Lucasfilm Ltd.

Who are those 200+ playable characters?

Already confirmed are: Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, BB-8 (sold!), C-3PO, Captain Phasma, and General Hux.

But that's only 10, still leaving a little under 200 to go. It goes without saying that we'll see several Stormtrooper and Resistance soldier variants. And of course General Leia Organa will be in the mix. So who else?

Every side character in the movie that had a name can be expected, including Maz Kanata, Unkar Plutt, Lor San Tekka, Teedo, Admiral Ackbar, Admiral Statura, Nien Nunb, X-Wing pilots Snap Wexley, Jess Pava, and Ello Asty, Guavian Death Gang leader Bala-Tik and some of his followers, ditto for Kanjiklub and its leader Tasu Leech, First Order spy Bazine Netal, Jakku's long lost Constable Zuvio, and so on.

A PlayStation exclusive "Droid Character Pack" implies a group of droids will be added; these could include the likes of PZ-4CO, B-U4D, ME-8D9, and other background droids from the movie. What abilities they'll bring to the table are anybody's guess.

Given their current popularity, the crew of the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels could squeeze in (timeline discrepancies don't matter so much in LEGO games). If it does, they'll be part of a DLC character pack.

That still leaves well over 100 characters to fill in, so don't be surprised if fan favorites from other eras -- such as the original trilogy and -- get to join in the fun, too.

Who knows? Maybe we'll even get some preview characters from Rogue One.

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The Story

'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot
'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot. TT Games / WB Games / Lucasfilm Ltd.

Of course the game will follow the major scenes of the film closely. But the big news is that there will be levels included that are set during the 30-year gap before the movie, but after Return of the Jedi.

We know a lot of broad strokes about what happened in that time period -- Ben Solo was born and later turned to the dark side, Rey was abandoned on Jakku, the New Republic was formed, the First Order rose to power, Leia founded the Resistance, etc. -- but we have very few details about how those events happened.

LEGO The Force Awakens consists of 18 total levels (not including the possibility of secret levels, which the LEGO games are known for). A Game Informer cover story revealed that 10 levels will be devoted to content based on the events in the movie.

Additionally, the game begins with a prologue level set during the climactic moments of Return of the Jedi, as a way of reminding players where things left off. It ends with an epilogue based on the film's final scene, when Rey finally finds Luke Skywalker on the mysterious planet Ahch-To.

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10 Main Levels

'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot
'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot. TT Games / WB Games / Lucasfilm Ltd.

Let's see if I can guess the ten story levels. A few have been revealed by Game Informer; I've marked these with asterisks*.

  • Tuanul Village attack*: The opening scene where the First Order razes Lor San Tekka's village after he's given Poe the data chip.
  • Finn and Poe escape the Star Destroyer: a vehicle level
  • Rey and Finn escape Jakku*: A mostly vehicle level where you pilot the Millennium Falcon through the ship graveyard and fight off TIE Fighters.
  • Rathtar fight: Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han, and Chewie defend themselves when the Rathtars get out of their space freighter cages. The Guavian Death Gang and Kanjiklub will also turn up.
  • Takodana meeting with Maz Kanata: The group visits Maz's Castle and must soon defend it against a First Order attack. (Could include some playable flashback moments from Rey's vision.)
  • Resistance Base: No idea what TT Games will come up with here, but there has to be something set at the Resistance Base on D'Qar. Puzzles and platforming, I'm guessing.
  • Rey escapes Starkiller Base: After being interrogated by Kylo Ren, Rey uses her burgeoning Force abilities to escape her capture and evade Stormtroopers.
  • Finn and Han's rescue mission*: Crash-landing on Starkiller Base, Finn, Han, and Chewie work their way inside, fight Stormtroopers, face off against Captain Phasma (boss fight!), and are reunited with Rey.
  • Containment Oscillator destruction: The group sets charges and prepares to blow open the big, dark shaft. It ends with Han's fateful reunion with his son.
  • X-Wing attack/Lightsaber battle finale: Since neither of these scenes are very long or complicated, it might make sense to combine them.
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The 6 Extras

'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot
'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' screenshot. TT Games / WB Games / Lucasfilm Ltd.

That's 12; the remaining 6 levels are comprised of the brand new material TT Games is creating based on those 30 missing years. And it's important to note that TT is creating these new stories in direct partnership with Lucasfilm, so the stories they tell (in LEGO's usual humorous way) are based on events that Lucasfilm considers canon.

You'll access these six levels by collecting those familiar gold bricks within the main levels and the hub worlds.

Thanks to Game Informer, we know what a few of these six levels will be about:

  • One level is about how C-3PO got his red arm (the same story being told in a one-shot Marvel comic book).
  • Another level lets you play through the madcap adventure of Han and Chewie collecting the Rathtars that they were carrying on their cargo freighter in the movie.

The remaining four are being kept under wraps for now. But based on what we've seen so far, it sounds like TT Games is using this opportunity to fill in some missing backstories from the movie.

If so, then there's no shortage of ideas for them to draw from -- novels, comic books, and more. How about the Battle of Jakku, set a year after Jedi, in which the Empire was finally defeated? Kylo Ren's slaughter of Luke's Jedi Academy on Devaron is far too dark for a LEGO game, but maybe we could get a happier adventure at the Academy in the years before it fell.

Or imagine a madcap level set during Han and Leia's wedding, with Luke fending off someone that's trying to ruin the ceremony. Played for laughs, that could be a lot of fun -- while giving Star Wars fans a glimpse of what that wedding was like.

A special Deluxe Edition of the game will be available that includes a Finn minifigure and a Season Pass for all DLC packs, current and future. PlayStation gamers will get two exclusive DLC packs: the aforementioned Droid Character Pack and "The Phantom Limb" Level Pack, which I'm guessing is the level about C-3PO's red arm.

 

Stay tuned. I'll be updating this page as more details about LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens become available.

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