What has happened to LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga?

Two years on from its original announcement, we’re still left asking: what has happened to LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga?

Warner Bros. Games and TT Games first unveiled their hugely ambitious take on the entire Skywalker Saga – spanning The Phantom Menace through The Rise of Skywalker, and everything in between – at E3 in June 2019. At the time, the developers debuted a short teaser trailer showing off the scope of the title, with a release date pencilled in for 2020.

Then: radio silence for six months, in an ominous sign of things to come. A sizzle trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga finally landed in December 2019, shortly after the theatrical release of The Rise of Skywalker, bringing us new footage and more information on the game’s new features. By that point, the 2020 release date still looked likely.

But then 2020 rolled around proper, and news was – well, thin on the ground would be putting it delicately. A few details finally trickled in around May the Fourth, and The Star Wars Show inadvertently revealed (then swiftly revoked) a planned release date of October 20, 2020. That would turn out to be a false omen by August, however, as Gamescom brought news of the game’s first (but not last) delay.

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A first gameplay trailer accompanied the announcement of a new spring 2021 launch window for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, suggesting development was ticking along nicely, even if – perhaps prompted by the pandemic – things were taking a little longer than expected. A delay was disappointing, but at least we knew the game was coming.

What happened next is essentially the story of the game since: Warner Bros. Games and TT Games went back into hibernation, and only emerged to tell us on April 2, 2021 that the title wouldn’t be meeting its planned spring release after all. No replacement date was given instead, which means LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is effectively delayed indefinitely.

We’ve heard practically nothing on gameplay details beyond a few scraps of info from a magazine interview, and with absolutely no word from Warner Bros. Games or TT Games on the current state of the game – including at this year’s virtual E3 event – it’s no surprise that fans are starting to grow seriously concerned about the status of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

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The game’s reddit community, for instance, has seemingly written off all hope of the title launching in 2021. But even a 2022 release seems perilous to latch on to at the moment, with trouble seemingly brewing across both the game’s developer and publisher.

TT Games’ veteran Head of Design Arthur Parsons, who’s worked on almost every LEGO title since 2005, abruptly parted ways with the studio in April, while Warner Bros. Games’ parent company AT&T is currently selling off parts of the publisher to Discovery. Whether these developments have any bearing on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is tricky to say, but it’s not beyond plausibility.

That brings us round to today, with the ultimate fate of the saga-spanning sequel left in the balance. Given how many hardcore LEGO video game fans seem to be giving up on the title launching this year, if at all, it would likely benefit both TT Games and Warner Bros. Games to offer at least a general statement about the status of the game.

Until then, all we can do is speculate on when – or indeed, if – we’ll ever be able to play LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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