So yes, it finally happened! Last December saw the release of one of the most anticipated and fan favourite films of the year, as Star Wars returned to our screens in the form of Episode VII: The Force Awakens. By now hopefully the dust has just about settled, giving us room to get excited about its equally BLOCK-busting gaming counterpart, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Currently expected to release worldwide on June 28th, LEGO: The Force Awakens is hoping to continue TT Games’ successful action-adventure formula, this time, returning to the franchise that made the series so popular in the first place, the Star Wars universe.

Rey, Finn, and BB8

Unlike past incarnations however, this June will be the first time that any LEGO game has focussed on a single movie as opposed to a trilogy or quadrilogy (I’m looking at you LEGO Jurassic World). So already, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is looking to shake things up slightly with the LEGO format and all signs point towards to this being for the better.

Seemingly present this time round is the addition of over the shoulder, third person gunplay to help bring a greater sense of combat and immersion within the movie’s ground battles. What’s known as “Multi-builds” are also being introduced, offering players more unique ways to solve puzzles and defeat enemies, similar to how master builders overcome obstacles in The LEGO Movie.

Multi Builds in Star Wars LEGO

If there’s one thing the trailers have told us about LEGO Star Wars so far, it’s that the charm and humour regular audiences expect will be in full effect here. Who wouldn’t want to see a mini Kylo-Ren furiously pound his lightsabre until all three blades engage or see Poe Dameron jokingly lose control of his beloved X-wing? Obviously, these may not be present in the final game as we see it, but it’s poking fun at the movie in a charming and loveable way and we wouldn’t expect it any other way.

For those worrying about the possible lack of content present in the game, despite being based on one film this time around its been revealed that LEGO: The Force Awakens will help to fill in some gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, meaning that this is a must for any Star Wars fan. What’s that? Story material that is canon in the Star Wars universe that is only available in a LEGO game? You heard me correct!

BB8 and Storm Troopers

Since their acquisition of the license, Disney has been doing a phenomenal job with regards to the Star Wars expanded universe, letting fans know that any original material found within LEGO: The Force Awakens is in safe hands and will be of a great standard. Whilst the game will feature many returning characters such as Rey, Finn, Poe and Phasma it’s highly likely that we’ll be seeing a whole range of side characters that will aid in filling in this story gap.

Already confirmed to be in the game are the series of events that explain how Han and Chewie captured those pesky rathtars, as well as more backstory for Poe Dameron which hopefully provide more context to his relationship with BB-88. All of this will be easily complimented by the fact that the original voice actors are on set to return, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll be getting new dialogue as opposed to the canned phrases found in other LEGO games (LEGO Marvel’s the Avengers for example).

Simultaneously releasing with the regular edition of the game, is the gloriously beautiful and tempting deluxe edition that finds itself wrapped in a gold aesthetic, reminiscent of older Star Wars artwork found on the VHS releases of the original trilogy.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition

If this wasn’t enough for you, the deluxe edition is confirmed to include the game’s season pass packed in as well as a collectable Finn LEGO mini figure exclusive to the game. The deluxe edition at present is retailing for around $10 more than the regular, but with all of these unique additions, you’d be crazy not to pick it up.

Speaking of all things exclusive, those who choose to play on PlayStation platforms will be treated to an exclusive “Droid character” and “Phantom limb level” packs, which will go onto to explain how a certain protocol droid gained his familiar red arm as MGS players will recall! However, don’t fret Xbox and Wii U players, as with all timed exclusive content it’s highly likely this DLC will come to platforms at a later date, simply acting as a nice little day one bonus for PlayStation players.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens promises to be “the galaxy’s greatest adventure”, overflowing with daring heroes, our favourite villains, and glorious space combat. If you’re looking to continue the nostalgia trip that The Force Awakens was able to provide last December, what better way to continue it than in this year’s Lego: The Force Awakens. The LEGO Star Wars countdown is almost complete!