5 reasons to be excited about LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The impressive gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga brought new reasons to be excited about the upcoming video game.

After being announced back in June 2019, information on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga had been relatively slim, other than news on its robust playable character roster and a possible release date that was later substituted with “coming soon.” That changed on Thursday.

During the Gamescom 2020 broadcast, fans were treated to a gameplay trailer for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars video game, showcasing why this project is worth the wait. Here are five reasons to be excited about the newest LEGO installment involving the galaxy far, far away.

1. Lightsaber play looks awesome

One of the best things about playing Star Wars video games is being able to wield a lightsaber. These elegant, powerful weapons have captured the imaginations of generations young and old. While this is game has a different, more playful style — as compared to something like Jedi: Fallen Order, which is designed to challenge players and features intense combat — it’s clear that lightsaber play will be as fun as it should be.

The trailer showcases duels between Luke and Darth Vader, Anakin and Obi-Wan, and Rey and Kylo Ren, among others. Even the brief footage of Obi-Wan fighting against General Grievous looked like a unique challenge.

There should be countless opportunities to feel like a Jedi in this LEGO experience.

2. Reliving the magic of Star Wars movie moments

Star Wars movies are likely what hooked most to this franchise. Whether it was the originals, prequels, or sequels, there’s going to be specific movie moments that resonate deeply with fans. It’s clear that LEGO The Skywalker Saga — which will span all nine films of the titular movie saga — has nailed down the magic of Star Wars movies. The gameplay trailer is just as emotional as any released for the films, transporting us through the franchise’s history in LEGO form.

From Luke’s training on Dagobah to the duel on Mustafar to Rey finding Luke on Ach-To, the video game has captured these special Star Wars moments in its own way. LEGO The Skywalker Saga provides yet another opportunity to relive the awe-inspiring franchise.

3. Vehicle fun awaits

Vehicles hold their own special place in Star Wars with their unique designs and sheer impressiveness. The gameplay trailer for LEGO The Skywalker Saga shows off a number of vehicles that players will have at their disposal, from Anakin’s pod racer to X-wings, to speeder bikes during the iconic Endor chase.

Controlling these vehicles (and more) will help spice up the immersive gameplay within the Star Wars universe. Who wouldn’t want to control the snowspeeders on Hoth and take down a LEGO Imperial Walker?

4. The exploration element

Exploration is a key feature of any LEGO game: users are encouraged to cycle through the various playable characters and utilize each one’s unique abilities to uncover hidden areas, rewards, or any other kind of secret.

This project is open-world, meaning players can complete movie chapters in any order they want, but users also aren’t confined to following the linear story. There are side missions and collectibles to found all over level maps, as Will Greenwald of PC Mag detailed in June 2019.

These promises of an open world appear to be confirmed by the trailer. One moment shows Finn ziplining around a map, another features C-3PO riding a Bantha through Tatooine. Being able to explore various Star Wars settings is something any fan dreams of.

5. Voice acting akin to the originals

Past LEGO games, including Star Wars: The Complete Saga, have used grunting or other sounds instead of actual voices. Thursday’s gameplay trailer, however, used full voice acting — and the similarities are striking to the original people that said these iconic dialogue lines.

Some longtime LEGO fans have voiced their desire for grunting to be an option in the upcoming video game, but voice acting in a Star Wars game is important, given the quotable content throughout the movies. Luke’s line of “I am a Jedi like my father before me” in the gameplay trailer is enough to evoke goosebumps, and it demonstrates why voice acting will make the game stronger.

Next: New Star Wars trailers revealed at Gamescom 2020

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be released in spring 2021 for current and next-gen consoles, as well as PC.