It was last September that I did a post on the delay of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. At the time, it was stated that the game would be released in Spring 2021. At one point, it looked as if there would be a May release, but the game now seems to have been delayed indefinitely without not even a hint of a release date. Is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga something that we should be waiting for or should we just focus on what we already have with the LEGO Star Wars series?
I get that after many launch debacles that we’ve seen over the past year that many publishers are being cautious about releasing their games prematurely. CD Projekt Red’s infamous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 along with the follow-up issues was probably the most high-profile disastrous release in recent memory. But there were also other games such as Warcraft III Reforged, Madden NFL 21, Marvel’s Avengers, and NBA 2K21 that also had less than desirable beginnings in 2020. If TT Games is ensuring that its new LEGO Star Wars project doesn’t suffer a similar fate then I’m all for the delays. It’s better to wait for something good longer than get something bad sooner.
On the flip side, the delays also will raise the expectations of what gamers will look for when the final product is finally made available. There lies the double-edged sword of delays. One of the reasons why I felt gamers were harsher on Cyberpunk 2077 was because it had already been delayed multiple times before being released. This then naturally begged the question, “How messed up was the game in the first place if this is the finished product?” Hopefully, TT Games keeps in mind that its player base will have expectations that only increase with each passing month. And being that the previous LEGO Star Wars titles have been very well received, there is much for the upcoming title to live up to.
As I noted in the September post I mentioned earlier, there are at least three LEGO Star Wars options that you have that should keep you busy in the meantime. There’s LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which covers Episode I through VI films. From there, you can check out LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will provide you with some sequel trilogy content and is the only LEGO Star Wars game featuring characters from the prequel, original, and sequel trilogies. Lastly, there’s LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which combines content from the prequel trilogy films and the Clone Wars television animation. If you combine all three games, that will you give you a nice LEGO Star Wars package that should more than satisfy your LEGO Star Wars cravings.
I will admit that with all the delays, my anticipation for the new game has waned considerably. There are many other Star Wars games out there and just other games to play in general. For example, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Scarlet Nexus and Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance turn out when they are released later this month. The latter will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch. Even if a release date is announced soon for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, I will wait until post-release when enough time has passed for major bugs and glitches to be addressed. And if there is paid DLC (which likely there will be), I will not purchase the game until I know its content, the cost, and roadmap.
In the meantime, when it is finally released, I’m hoping that TT Games does deliver a truly great game that is worthy of the Star Wars universe. May the Force be with them.