Activision European Publishing recently released some new information about the latest installment in the Lego Star Wars franchise. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will feature characters from the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and will include over 20 story-based missions and another 40 bonus missions.
While the game will showcase many features familiar to fans of the Lego Star Wars titles, such as the ability to switch characters (thus using a large variety of weapons and skills), numerous in-game cinematics, and gameplay elements which involve puzzle solving, several new features will be introduced in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars including:
Massive Ground Battles – Brand new to the LEGO Star Wars experience, players will take control of battalions of clone troopers against the relentless droid army - building bases, deploying vehicles and calling in reinforcements to defeat opponents.Hopefully Lego Star Wars III will also follow in the series tradition of being a fairly fun title with a relatively easy to get through achievement list, and start a new tradition of not compelling you to go through the stages multiple times for 100% completion!
SceneSwap – Authentic to the Star Wars experience, a new feature allows players to take control of multiple teams in separate locations. Working together to complete various objectives, players will control each team through the press of a button, while playing in single player or in multiplayer co-op modes.
All New Boss Battles – For the first time in the LEGO Star Wars franchise, fans will fight against massive bosses as seen in The Clone Wars animated series, including Gor, the epic Zillo Beast and many other favourites.
Brand New Clone Weapons, Vehicles and Characters – New clone weapons including rapid fire guns and rocket launchers, as well as all new massive capital ships to explore, such as Anakin Skywalker’s flagship the Resolute and Grievous’ devastating warship , the Malevolance. Players will also navigate through the galaxy in new vehicles such as the Republic gunship, Clone Turbo Tank and even Anakin’s Jedi Intercepter and the Twilight. Fans will also discover their favourite classic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker.
All new lighting and animations – A brand new engine brings characters to life, giving players a whole new level of control in a vibrant environment, unlike anything ever seen before in a LEGO game.
Split Screen – Improved dynamic split screen for multi-player co-op with jump in/jump out abilities for friends and families to play together.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is set for a February, 15, 2011 release in the States and has an announced launch date of February 18, 2011 in the UK.
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