Almost a century old brand and among the most powerful in the world, Lego is still that manufacturer of construction toys, with more than 600 billion bricks sold. But not only. Now there are Lego amusement parks, animated films, magazines and books, a TV show, board games and, of course, video games. In 1995, Lego launched into the video game industry with Lego Fun to Build, which uses the principle of toys. The following will adapt to video game genres and gameplays, with action-adventure (lego island), race (Lego Racers) and still the simulation-construction (Lego Creator, Legoland).
But the best known Lego video games are those associated with a license, starting with Harry Potter in 2001, then IndianaJonesBatman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the RingsMarvel superheroes, and especially Star Wars. After a first game in 2005, the Traveller’s Tales studio even became the developer of all Lego titles. The latest, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Sagahas just achieved the best launch of all time for a Lego game, with more than 3 million copies sold in two weeks.
Retain the charm of the first games
There were already several games Lego Star Warsadapted from the original trilogy, the prelogy, The Clone Wars and Force Awakens. The challenge of The Skywalker Saga is therefore significant, since it is based on the nine films and must therefore redo what has already been done. But James Burgon, lead producer at TT Games, the parent company of Traveller’s Tales, is reassuring: “Whether you’re a fan from the start or you’ve never touched a game Lego Star Wars, you will realize that for this game, we started from zero and in other directions than in the past. Everything is new: the staging, the graphical fidelity, the blaster mechanics, the possibilities of combos… The game looks entirely new, while retaining the charm of the first games Lego Star Wars. »
“With Lego like “Star Wars”, the stories are endless”
It may seem opportunistic, easy, to associate two brands, two licenses, Lego and Star Warsbut James Burgon does not hear it that way: “Yes, it’s an easy statement to make when you don’t have the whole galaxy Lego Star Wars create. (laughs) With 28 worlds, and each with their own interiors, quests, puzzles, creatures, you start to see the scope of the task. A monumental task then, but a task that we have known from the beginning and that we wanted to succeed at all costs. Personally, I think Lego and Star Wars have always worked well together as they fuel the imagination. With Star Wars, the stories and possibilities are endless, and so are Lego bricks. ” With Lego Star Wars, forward the stories? (whoops)