Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally turning into a video game — and it's going to be made out of Lego.
Warner Bros. Interactive announced Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens this morning, the latest in the long-running series of Lego games, after existence of the title leaked out through a product page on the Xbox store last night. The game is being developed by TT Games, the studio behind the family-friendly Lego series, which got its start with a blocky rendition of A New Hope in 2005 and later expanded to cover some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Last year the franchise moved into the toys-to-life realm with Lego Dimensions.
The new Star Wars game will feature the same cast of characters as the film — including Finn, Rey, Poe, Kylo Ren, Han Solo, and, yes, BB-8 — all rendered as Lego minifigs, and will also include new content that helps continue to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
2015 was a big year for Star Wars, with The Force Awakens becoming the highest grossing film in US history, overtaking Avatar. The year also saw the release of several high-profile Star Wars games, including multiplayer shooter Battlefront, toys-to-life game Disney Infinity 3.0, and mobile RPG Uprising. However, despite its blockbuster status, The Force Awakens never received a traditional game tie-in; instead various Star Wars games touched on the film through expansion packs and other add-on content.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to launch on June 28th on a huge range of platforms, including the Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.