I find your lack of voices disturbing: adding dialogue to the new LEGO Star Wars

I find your lack of voices disturbing: adding dialogue to the new LEGO Star Wars
I find your lack of voices disturbing: adding dialogue to the new LEGO Star Wars 5

Overview

  • author of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga talk about talk.
  • Collaboration led to an authentic, funny and cinematic gaming experience.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is available today for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

The Star Wars movies have some of the most iconic dialogue in movie history, yet our original LEGO Star Wars games have none of it. No “Never tell me the odds”, no “Hello there”, no “I hate sand.” People didn’t mind though, since LEGO games were a different beast back then; a hilarious, mimicking beast, yes. Over time, these games became classics and a generation of gamers is rightly nostalgic about them. But when it came to making LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – now available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S – we wanted to create a totally new experience, not just a remaster. That meant we got a chance to add a dialogue.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

An old Jedi once said, “The ability to speak doesn’t make you intelligent,” but it does allow you to parody classic movie moments in ways we haven’t done before. Besides just making people laugh, these iconic lines can add an extra level of Star Wars authenticityYes† Those original games are hard to follow, but since this is a brand new experience, hopefully fans will appreciate hearing Anakin’s Palpatine-themed alarm clock yell “Dew it!”

The movies are full of iconic lines, so for the story missions and cutscenes, we started by using as much movie dialogue as possible. Fans may not notice that large parts of the dialogue are included in the cutscenes to match the film’s lines to the frame, but hopefully they will feel that authenticity.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

When it came to writing original stuff, it was important that the lines were essential to the design, story or character. Each line should direct the player, make them laugh or make the characters feel alive. Keeping lines in the voice is much easier for characters like Han Solo, whom we all grew up with. However, it’s a bit more difficult for lesser-heard characters like Yaddle, for example. Does she inexplicably have a Northern English accent? Probably not. Does she speak in the same cadence as Yoda? Well, good question.

The Lucasfilm Games team were great, always on hand to ensure authenticity was in place, while still allowing us to bring our own type of humor into the proceedings. It’s also worth noting that not every character speaks Galactic Basic (English). We have a plethora of alien languages ​​like Jawaese and Ewokese. There was a time when I had spent so long writing dialogues in Huttese that I answered the phone with “Chuba da naga?” My dedication was so deep that as far as my family and confusing telemarketers are concerned, it was absolutely worth it.

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After we approved all the dialogue, it was time to put together our fantastic cast. The voice recording sessions are such a fun part of the process, but they can also be quite daunting. There is a lot of pressure to get everything perfect in such a short time. Luckily, I had some help in the form of human Star Wars holocron, Matt Wood. The guy is Star Wars royalty and I could have listened to his stories for hours. Unfortunately, recording studio time doesn’t come cheap. He not only directed countless sessions, but also lent his voice to various characters. In fact, Matt wasn’t the only “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” alumni to return to the booth, which was exciting as a fan.

I think one of my favorite parts of the game is the fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin at the end of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” purely because it’s all performed by James Arnold Taylor and Matt Lanter. It’s so cool to hear those iterations of the characters portraying that climax. To top it all off, Sam Witwer’s Emperor Palpatine shows up with a fishing rod to find out what’s left of his apprentice. We really wanted to focus the game on the nine saga movies, so having some of the cast from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was a great way to show love to the wider Star Wars universe, and I’m so glad we were able to do it.

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By weaving dialogue into the game, I think we’ve found a new way to parody these movies, but I can only take a midichlorian amount of credit. Everyone has worked passionately to make this the best Star Wars gameplay experience possible. But Master Yoda once said, “Don’t try. Do or don’t. There’s no trying,” so it’s up to the fans to decide whether we did it or not. I hope we have that. May the Force always be with you.

you can play Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga starting today for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

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LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

Warner Bros. Games


81

$59.99

The galaxy is yours in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga. Experience memorable moments and non-stop action from all nine Skywalker saga films, reimagined with signature LEGO humour. The digital edition includes an exclusive classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character. ● Explore the Trilogies in Random Order – Players will relive the epic story of all nine films in the Skywalker Saga, and it all starts with choosing the trilogy of their choice to begin the journey. ● Play as Iconic Heroes and Villains – Over 300 playable characters from across the galaxy. ● Discover Legendary Locations – Players can visit familiar locations from their favorite Skywalker saga movies. They can unlock and have the freedom to seamlessly travel to 23 planets as they play through the saga or explore and discover exciting missions. ● Drive Powerful Vehicles – Over 100 vehicles from all over the galaxy to command. Engage in dogfights and defeat capital ships such as the Super Star Destroyer that can be boarded and explored. ● Immersive Player Experiences – String attacks together to form combo chains and repel oncoming attacks. New blaster controls and mechanics allow players to aim with precision, or use the skills of a Jedi by wielding a lightsaber and harnessing the power of The Force. Upgradable Character Skills – Exploration rewards players as they discover Kyber Bricks that unlock new features and enhanced skills across a range of character classes, including Jedi, Hero, Dark Side, Villain, Scavenger, Scoundrel, Bounty Hunter, Astromech Droid, and Protocol Droid.

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LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga Deluxe Edition

Warner Bros. Games


78

$69.99

The Deluxe Edition includes 7 downloadable content character packs. The digital edition also includes an exclusive classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character. The galaxy is yours in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga. Experience memorable moments and non-stop action from all nine Skywalker saga films, reimagined with signature LEGO humour. The digital edition also includes an exclusive classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character. ● Explore the Trilogies in Random Order – Players will relive the epic story of all nine films in the Skywalker Saga, and it all starts with choosing the trilogy of their choice to begin the journey. ● Play as Iconic Heroes and Villains – Over 300 playable characters from across the galaxy. ● Discover Legendary Locations – Players can visit familiar locations from their favorite Skywalker saga movies. They can unlock and have the freedom to seamlessly travel to 23 planets as they play through the saga or explore and discover exciting missions. ● Drive Powerful Vehicles – Over 100 vehicles from all over the galaxy to command. Engage in dogfights and defeat capital ships such as the Super Star Destroyer that can be boarded and explored. ● Immersive Player Experiences – String attacks together to form combo chains and repel oncoming attacks. New blaster controls and mechanics allow players to aim with precision, or use the skills of a Jedi by wielding a lightsaber and harnessing the power of The Force. Upgradable Character Skills – Exploration rewards players as they discover Kyber Bricks that unlock new features and enhanced skills across a range of character classes, including Jedi, Hero, Dark Side, Villain, Scavenger, Scoundrel, Bounty Hunter, Astromech Droid, and Protocol Droid.

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