Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga release date, trailers and gameplay

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the latest game in TT Games' Lego Star Wars franchise and, after a few delays, we finally have a release date: April 5, 2022.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be the first Lego Star Wars game since 2016's The Force Awakens, and looks set to be the most ambitious addition to the series yet, covering all nine of the core Star Wars movies while giving players access to hundreds of playable characters from every era of the saga. It'll be possible for players to visit many iconic settings as they play through the movies “in any order they choose” to “create their own unique journey through the galaxy.” 

This will be music to the ears of any long-term fan, as well as good news for any Star Wars newcomers. Especially those who might have only recently found their way to the galaxy far, far away through the The Book of Boba Fett or The Mandalorian TV series on Disney+.

Want to know more? Read on for everything we know about Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

[Update: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga's official Steam page indicates that it isn't compatible with the new Steam Deck at the moment. Read on to find out more.]

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga: cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest Lego game to take place in the Star Wars universe.
  • When can I play it? April 5, 2022
  • What can I play it on? Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PS5, PS4, and PC

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga release date and platforms

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer still showing Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian in the foreground

(Image credit: Travellers Tales / Lego / Disney)

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is currently scheduled to release on April 5, 2022. 

This release date was confirmed in January 2022 after a few delays for the game as a result of a difficult development. After missing an October 2020 release window, the game tried to hit a ‘Spring 2021’ launch date and missed that too. After an announcement at Gamescom 2021, we were told Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga's release date was set for 'Spring 2022' which has now been narrowed down to April 5.

Fortunately for Star Wars fans, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be available on pretty much every platform, releasing on Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4 and PC.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailers

Gameplay overview trailer
A gameplay overview trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker was revealed alongside the game's official release date of April 5, 2022. The six-minute trailer shows off the game in extensive detail and gives fans a great idea of what awaits. You can pick and choose any saga, play as multiple characters, enjoy brand-new gameplay mechanics, and experience all of the fun that Lego titles are famous for. Check it out below.

Gamescom 2021 gameplay trailer
A gameplay trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker dropped during Gamescom 2021's Opening Night Live, giving us a tantalizing look at the game in action. Check it out below.

Gamescom 2020 gameplay trailer
In August 2020, we were pleasantly surprised to see a gameplay trailer that matched the visual polish of the teaser. As well as showing off key playable scenes from the franchise, from dogfights to lightsaber duels, the game still features the wacky toybox-like potential for mischief that previous Lego games have had. Keep an eye out for C-3PO riding a bantha, for instance:

Announcement trailer
Prior to that Gamescom trailer, we had, of course, already seen a little bit from the game. Way back in 2019 we were treated to a reveal trailer, showing off the franchise’s glitzy new visual look, and the series’ trademark humor, albeit in a teaser that didn’t appear to show any gameplay:

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga setting and gameplay

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is in the enviable position of being able to adapt tales from right across the entire ‘Skywalker’ saga. 

In other words, you’ll be playing scenes from the original trilogy (Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), the prequel trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) and the sequel trilogy (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker).

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer still showing an X-Wing

(Image credit: Travellers Tales / Lego / Disney)

That does mean the excellent Rogue One, Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Mandalorian TV show are not set to feature. But, don't worry, there are plenty of other characters to choose from, with players able to take on the role of Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Finn, Leia, Yoda, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Poe and over 300 more unlockable characters including Jabba the Hut and R2D2.

However, if you do find yourself hankering for some more choice then you can pick up the Deluxe Edition of the game, which is set to include a ‘Character Collection’ bundle, that throws in six character packs including characters from The Mandalorian, Rogue One, Solo and even the new Star Wars: The Bad Batch animated series, as well as an additional pack including ‘Classic Characters’.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is expected to be a slight departure from the Lego games that have come before it, promising deeper gameplay than the simplistic platforming and combat of previous Lego games.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer still showing C-3PO on a Bantha

(Image credit: Travellers Tales / Lego / Disney)

Each episode of film will feature five story missions, for a total of 45 core levels in the game. Players can use the galaxy map on their holoprojector to chart their course through the saga (there are a lot of games after all), unlocking planets to explore on their journey. It's up to players whether they want to pursue the main storyline or to be enticed by the galaxy's many side quests and puzzles. 

You’ll have plenty of hub worlds to explore before taking on the core missions, and these will be littered with secrets to find and collectibles to… er… collect. Hubs will range from the desolate wastes of Tatooine to the forests of Endor and the dark heart of Exegol, where the Emperor holds court. It’s an incredibly ambitious undertaking then, collating all the major sights (and sites) of the near-complete Star Wars universe. All of these locations will include random encounters too – you might be messing around before being ambushed by a Tie Fighter fleet, for example. 

You're actively encouraged to explore in Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, with exploration rewarding players with Kyber Bricks which unlock new features and ability upgrades across the game's various character classes, which include Jedi, Hero, Dark Side, Villain, Scavenger, Scoundrel, Bounty Hunter, Astromech Droid, and Protocol Droid.

Whichever character class players choose, you'll likely notice some improvements.  Combat has been sharpened up – lightsaber duels will focus on combo building, with a mixture of light, heavy and Force attacks wielded in tandem, while ranged shooting/blaster combat allows for more precision - as well as the ability to hide behind cover - and moves the gameplay to an over-the-shoulder viewpoint, ala Gears of War or Uncharted. It’ll still be family-friendly, but might not be quite as button-mashy as previous Lego games.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer still showing Luke and two Porgs wearing his cloak

(Image credit: Travellers Tales / Lego / Disney)

Vehicular-based play will also be significant. Gameplay trailers show the player taking the controls of everything from a podracer to an X-Wing, a Snowspeeder to those stupid horse things that turned up in Rise of Skywalker. 

There will be variety, collectibles and fan-favorite characters and scenes aplenty then. Who knows – it may even wash away the bad taste The Rise of Skywalker left us with

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga news and rumors

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer still

(Image credit: Travellers Tales / Lego / Disney)

Steam Deck incompatibility

It looks like Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will not be compatible with Valve’s new Steam Deck when it launches. Though the game casts a pretty wide net when it comes to platforms, the game’s official Steam page has been updated to indicate that it won’t be compatible with Seam Deck. 

The listing does, however, add that Valve is “still working” on adding support for the game, so while The Skywalker Saga isn’t playable on Steam Deck at the moment, that doesn’t necessarily mean that will always be the case. 

Gone Gold

TT Games has confirmed that Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has gone gold, which means that the game is now essentially ready to begin shipping. 

The news was posted by the game’s official Twitter account, which declared that the game “has gone gold - cue the Throne Room Theme! Huge congratulations to the team for the galactic work they've put into the game."

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PC system requirements

If you’re looking to play Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on PC then you’ll need to know exactly what the game requires of you in terms of your setup. The game’s Steam page has been updated with Recommended and Minimum requirements which are detailed below:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 750 Ti or Radeon HD 7850
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 40 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 3 3100
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 40 GB available space

Accessibility options

As tweeted out by TT Games, the Family Video Game Database has compiled a report detailing some of the accessibility features that will be available to players of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. 

Though the game won’t have strict ‘easy’, ‘medium’ and ‘hard’ modes, there will be settings such as automatic health recovery, fall recovery and aim assist to make the game less difficult. 

To help players navigate the game world, waypoint arrows are enabled by default, with breadcrumb trails revealing quick routes to objectives. Objectives are always displayed in the top corner of the game as default but there’s an option to toggle that on and off. There are also visual prompts in the game to identify which specific character the player will need to use to solve different puzzles. 

Players can customise specific audio levels, making it possible to foreground the most important audio elements, and the report flags the game as motion sickness friendly. 

There will also be multiple control schemes, with, for example, options to remap all buttons on controllers, disable controller vibrations, sole keyboard play with no mouse and more. The full report can be found here

What about online co-op?

We’ve learned a lot about Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga ahead of its release date but online co-op – a mode that’s appeared in only a few Lego games – hasn’t really been touched on just yet. According to the Family Video Game Database (via BrickFanatics), the game can’t be played online, with co-op limited to local support for two players. 

Boba Fett?
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has been making some noise on Twitter with a brand new character clip. Following the release of The Book of Boba Fett, the Lego Star Wars Twitter account posted a promotional clip featuring Boba Fett on Tatooine. In the clip, Boba Fett wields a weapon but, even more importantly, he speaks. 

When one Twitter user asked whether the voice in the clip belonged to Daniel Logan, the voice of young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, Logan himself responded by saying that it was him. It’s possible that this means Logan will be the voice of older Boba Fett throughout the game, though this hasn't been outright confirmed just yet.

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You choose the order
We know that players will be able to play across nine films of the Skywalker saga but according to the Warner Bros page for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Sage, players will be able to access all of them right away and play "in any order they choose. They can direct where to go and how to play." This means a good amount of freedom and the chance to play through all of your favorite worlds first.

In an interview with StarWars.com, Jonathan Smith, head of production and strategic director at TT Games, said this freedom of choice "is a really important principle for us", adding, "We love stories and storytelling; but we also feel, both as gamers ourselves and with particular concern for young players driven to experimentation and change, that stories exist to be played with, however the player wants."

Play on the light or dark side of the force
According to the Warner Bros page for the game, players will also have access to "hundreds of playable characters from throughout the galaxy and every era of the saga" from Luke Skywalker through to Darth Vader. Of course, this means you'll be able to choose whether to play on the light or dark side of the force. 

Plenty to explore
The game's official page also highlights some of the locations that players will be able to explore "such as the desert of Geonosis, to the swamps of Dagobah and the snowfields of Starkiller Base", never mind the space exploration. It will, apparently, be possible to revisit a planet at any time, too, so there's no need to worry about never seeing your favorite settings again. 

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