March 18, 2012
TT Games designer Mike Consalvey confirms that the new Lego Star Wars game, The Skywalker Saga, will not have any microtransactions. This is big news for gamers interested in playing this new LEGO game, but who are fed up with microtransactions that can really have an impact on the games we play.
What will it have instead? A new currency called Kyber Bricks is used in place of the gold bricks that were a staple of every LEGO game that came before. Kyber Bricks are a spin on Star Wars' Kyber Crystals, which are used to power the Jedi and Sith lightsabers.
" So yeah, with Kyber Bricks, essentially... if you know about the history of LEGO games, in general, we have Gold Bricks. Kyber Bricks is that sort of same collectible; the method of collecting Kyber Bricks is pretty much the same as Gold Bricks. But in this instance, we're using them to add different upgrades to vehicles, level of customization, and that sort of thing. The more you collect along the way, the more you can get, as well as the use of Studs, which is traditional with our game. It's collecting the LEGO Studs that [allows you] to purchase different characters or different items within the game. So it's sticking to what we usually do in LEGO Star Wars games, but actually just making it more in-depth in terms of the unlockables and that sort of thing. "
Consalvey said that everything in the game will be earnable via gameplay - meaning you don't have to pay to win. You cannot use real-world money to buy these. Absolutely everything will be earned through playing the game. You get more things (and characters) as you progress through the game's story.
The game moves through Episodes I through IX with new gameplay mechanics, enhanced visuals, tons of characters, and more.
When can we expect it? Sometime in 2020, although an exact date has not been announced yet. We'll keep you posted on this one!
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