Developer: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Expands On The Movie

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Lucasfilm, and Traveler’sTales announced last week that Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be making its way to almost every console/gaming platform currently available starting in June. For any fans of TT Games’ previous work in the Lego franchise, such as the first three Lego Star Wars titles, along with Lego Harry Potter and Lego Jurassic World, this was exciting news.

Mike Taylor, Head of Design for the game, recently sat down for an interview with GameInformer during which he revealed that the game won’t only be an interactive rendition of the movie. It turns out that the game will retell The Force Awakens‘ primary plot, but will also explore side content, including a few story missions that add to the overall Star Wars canon.

“The thing with The Force Awakens is that we’ve had the privilege of being able to create some additional content, some additional levels that take place before the events of The Force Awakens and allow us to explore some of the backstory of the characters, which is an absolute dream for any fan of Star Wars,” Taylor said in the interview. “There’s lots of exclusive stuff there, and we’ve drawn from the content in some of the other additional materials that Lucasfilm have been involved in.”

The interview goes on to reveal that there are six missions that TT calls “bridge content,” which pop up after ever two or so missions based on the film. These will only be available if players have unlocked the prerequisite gold bricks so far. Gold bricks are rewards given for achieving 100% completion for a level. All of these “side content” missions are also optional, but Star Wars lore lovers probably won’t want to miss out, as they’ll reveal some interesting information. For example, one mission will explain how C-3PO god his red arm.

Thankfully, TT Games has remembered to keep the familiar, irreverant Lego charm in the game as well:

“We tell the story through the sort of Lego viewpoint as well, so the crux of the story is what happens is true to the IP, obviously we put gags in with characters holding sausages or riding around on pigs, et cetera.”

It’s a bit surprising that we’re getting a game from Traveler’sTales at all, considering that EA has the exclusive Star Wars video game license. There must have been an exception worked out for Lego Star Wars, it seems.

If you can’t wait for more of those Lego gags and Star Wars lore, the game will launch on June 28, 2016 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and PC.