The first gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens details story missions and reveals new gameplay mechanics for the LEGO gaming franchise

Even though LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced a couple of months back, we’re just now seeing the first gameplay footage of the game. Traveller’s Tales released the first gameplay trailer for the game earlier today, showing off how LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shaking up the typical LEGO video game formula.

Firstly, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature an enhanced Master-Builds system, allowing players to be more creative when creating objects with LEGO bricks. An example of this is shown in the trailer, where the player has the choice of either building a subterranean spider-droid to bypass enemy shields, or distract enemies by using the same bricks to make a large bucket of popcorn.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be making combat deeper than it has been in past LEGO games. When players get their hands on LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens in June, they will discover that this will mainly be accomplished through cover-shooting mechanics, with the camera even going over-the-shoulder of characters at some points.

Finally, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be addressing the franchise’s historically weak enemy AI. Traveller’s Tales has now made it possible for enemies in the game to utilize LEGO bricks to their advantage as well, giving Stormtroopers the ability to build some devastating weaponry in order to even the odds against the player.

If these gameplay improvements aren’t enticing enough, perhaps the new story content in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will convince fans to check out the game. The trailer expands on what that story content will entail, and we now know that it will explain how Han Solo and Chewbacca captured the rathtar creatures seen in the film. To that end, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens also aims to expand on the backstory of Lor San Tekka, a character briefly seen at the beginning of the movie. Of course, as seen in the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens reveal trailer, these scenes will be infused with some non-canon parody elements.

Overall, the gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks impressive. The game boasts visuals that appear to be a clear step up from previous LEGO titles, and not only that, but the gameplay seems much deeper as well. It will be interesting to see if Traveller’s Tales is able to deliver the promises made by the trailer, because if they succeed, it could very well be the strongest LEGO game to date.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on June 28th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Source: LEGO Star Wars Game