A few more details have arrived concerning LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the upcoming video game that was announced last month at E3 2019. We’ve learned today that the game will not feature any microtransactions or any content that covers Rogue One or last year’s Solo film.
Of course, the clue is in the title. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is intended as a brick-based adaptation of the nine “Episode” films, retelling the three trilogies of mainline movies that chronicle the rise, fall, and legacy of Anakin Skywalker. Although there is one Skywalker in Rogue One, namely Anakin himself in vicious Vader mode, that film and Solo are categorized as “A Star Wars Story” spinoffs rather than core Skywalker Saga entries.
Although skipping over Rogue One and Solo may disappoint some fans, you’d be hard-pressed to find a gamer that isn’t pleased by a lack of microtransactions in any game, especially when it comes to Star Wars. Plenty of players still remember the Star Wars Battlefront II launch that was marred by an overabundance of in-game purchases.
Both these pieces of news come to us from Screen Rant, which interviewed the game’s designer Mike Consalvey and gained these intriguing insights as a result.
On the topic of microtransactions, Consalvey said that “everything is [earned] through gameplay” in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. No real money can be spent in the game, with Kyber Bricks and LEGO studs both being currencies that you earn exclusively through gameplay.
As for the lack of Solo and Rogue One content, Consalvey added: “The Skywalker Saga is the culmination of Episodes I through IX. That’s Lucasfilm… when they came to the Star Wars Celebration. When they revealed The Rise of Skywalker, they were saying this is the Skywalker Saga. So we wanted to really represent that in terms of what they wanted and also what we wanted to make. So Episodes I through IX, that is the Skywalker saga in its literal form.
“We’re really making sure that we’re doing the best to make that the most authentic culmination of all those stories in one complete package. Because nine movies in one game, that’s a pretty big chunk of content there. So, as you can imagine, there’s a lot that goes into that. Right now, we’re really focused on making sure those nine are really well represented in the game.”
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga launches in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.