Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Q&A

We speak to co-project lead Andrew Bell to find out more about the upcoming Lego game.

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There have been dozens of Lego-themed games in the past, but when Traveller's Tales took over and developed a Star Wars-themed Lego game, the series that starred yellow blocky-headed characters took off and has now spread across other popular franchises. Beginning with the prequel trilogy, Lego Star Wars was released in 2005 and made it in the top 10 best-selling games of the year. Five years later, TT games has decided to revisit the Star Wars universe and focus in on the Clone Wars series. We spoke to Andrew Bell, the co-project lead on Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars to find out what's new and what's familiar in this upcoming title.

GameSpot: What made you guys decide to approach the Star Wars franchise in this particular order?

Andrew Bell: Star Wars is a franchise that is constantly evolving, and the most current evolution of the brand is the Clone Wars series. What's great here is that the show wraps up a lot of action in shorter story arcs and is a natural step to gameplay. For example, the very first episode of the series, "Ambush," has Yoda and a group of clones using their weapons, as well as their wits, to defeat Ventress. You couldn't make an easier step to a Lego Star Wars level if you tried (and we did).

GS: The other Lego Star Wars games have been incredibly fun. Will there be any new features added or are you sticking with the same formula?

AB: There are a ton of new features that all build from what the fans are familiar with and more. For example, you still can use the Force, build Lego objects, solve puzzles, and laugh at the cutscenes that turn the Star Wars franchise on its head. But beyond that, we have added scene swap, the ability to control two teams in different areas to achieve a single goal; all sorts of new Force abilities, such as turning super battle droids into weapons and lightsaber throwing; and even an all-new mode where you are the general commanding the armies of the Republic or the CIS in single-player, two-player co-op, and even player versus player!

GS: What can Star Wars fans look for in this version?

AB: Star Wars fans will be pleased to know that we are encompassing the entire Clone Wars era. We start the story at the end of Attack of the Clones and include content from the Clone Wars movie and the first two seasons of the animated series. Beyond the story retold in a hilarious Lego world, Star Wars fans can expect to find many classic characters and tons of bonus content to keep them searching, collecting, and replaying the game for days.

GS: What is the process when it comes to breaking down the story and telling it in the silly Lego way?

AB: Right off the bat, we choose the stories from the Star Wars saga that work best with gameplay. From here, we find a way to connect these stories. In LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, we've gone chronological, so you'll be able to play the story levels in order of when they occur in the Star Wars canon. Once we have our story to tell, it's a matter of collecting the best scenes from the franchise and twisting them in a way that people don't expect. For example, when Mace Windu confronts Count Dooku in the Geonosian Arena, we start the massive battle in a very tongue-in-cheek and humorous way.

GS: What were the challenges to approaching this game?

AB: The biggest challenge was how to stay fresh while keying back in to what made the game fun in the first place. Fortunately, our partners at Traveller's Tales have been working diligently for the past few years on the technology that takes the visual fidelity and gameplay to a new level. Not only is this the best-looking and most action-packed LSW yet, but we also have massive battles with hundreds of enemies onscreen at once, and you can even explore the Lego Star Wars galaxy in 16 different systems.

Mess with Yoda, you do not.

GS: Are you able to use mostly original music? Or is the soundtrack redone?

AB: Because we're playing within the world of the Clone Wars television series, we wanted to make sure that the music matches what the fans have come to expect from the show. Toward that end, we've made sure to incorporate Kevin Kiner's original score from the Clone Wars episodes into the game wherever the stories and gameplay match up. We've also hired Academy Award-winning composer Chance Thomas to write additional comedic music for us to help give Anakin and Asoka's soundtrack the levity it needs in a Lego game.

GS: Can you reveal any characters that fans would be excited to know about at this point?

AB: We can't reveal everything quite yet, but you can be assured that many of your favorite characters will be making appearances, including Darth Vader.

GS: Thank you for your time!

Discussion

42 comments
a10war
a10war

It does look like foc strangly enough. and also is it going to have season 3 in it becouse a friend wants to know if the sister and brother charters you know from epsoide 15-17 of season 3 you know my friend wants to know .

DavidYerion
DavidYerion

"you are the general commanding the armies of the Republic or the CIS in single-player, two-player co-op, and even player versus player!" im in, looks great

IBleed4Cincy
IBleed4Cincy

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FallenOneX
FallenOneX

i'll at least rent it, even though i hate Blockkbuster. Give it a decent review, and I'll subscribe to Gamefly.

macro7857
macro7857

Epic looks like the regular lego starwars mixed in with Star wars Empire at War

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

I wonder if they kill off major story characters in this one too?

Paco8byu
Paco8byu

This actually looks really cool

BARC_Trooper
BARC_Trooper

I know its probably not going to be possible, but I think it would be cool to have an army of stormtroopers against an army of clone troopers it that versus-type mode.

robulastage
robulastage

I would LOVE to see a Star Wars: Lego Battlefront. The chaos of Battlefront with the cutesy, fun theme of the Lego series together in the same package would definitely sell and be fun for a lot of people.

megakick
megakick

what happened to star wars: battlefront for the xbox 360!

metaltorn
metaltorn

LEGO stat wars sucks and the graphics suck, and the world isn't even made of legos.

yudhiang
yudhiang

Oh my god! i've been waiting for this. Lego +star wars rock!

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Lego Starwars 3 looks pretty interesting. I'll keep an eye out for this game.

trywizard
trywizard

yeah more LEGO yeah i feel like im 6 years old :D

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

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sonicyogurt122
sonicyogurt122

if you wait a few months after it comes out you can get it for19.99$

mike_ezm
mike_ezm

@oKiRe oh my god dude, that would be so badass how i didnt think of it?? well, to be honest , any new battlefront would be fine with me

newlyn6000
newlyn6000

Will there be a online co-op fo the first time. I mean Lego games were meant for co-op.

samnov
samnov

So the old storyline won't be included? : (

gojimmy95
gojimmy95

Battlefield mode will be an insta-hit

oKiRe
oKiRe

They should just make a Lego Star wars Battlefront.

flyian13
flyian13

i can't wait this comes out a week before my birthday so i want this really bad

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Lego games are pure family games that everyone enjoys. They are a welcome break.

TheMarkus182
TheMarkus182

can the battle field thing can be in multiplayer?

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Please tell me its the Clone Wars that introduced General G, and not the one on CN right now.

M-Mniny
M-Mniny

its gonna be awesome im sure .. i loved Batman's and Harry Potter's LEGO games (:

dinosaur-123
dinosaur-123

lol darth vader in clone wars well finaly a darth vadre without robotic arms

Rosalio50
Rosalio50

gonna buy this for my lil bro for sure

GT5FTW
GT5FTW

Im a great fan of the lego series. One thing I hope is that their will still be the classic stuff like minikits and true jedi. Lots -and lots- of characters would'nt hurt, either.

lsv4541
lsv4541

Hmm, this game looks quite interesting. I'll have to keep an eye on it.