'LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga' will allow fans to start at any point in the timeline.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The upcoming game will span all nine Skywalker saga films, feature hundreds of playable characters and ships, and, in a first for the franchise, give fans the chance to start at any point in the saga's timeline.

Craig Derrick, managing producer at Lucasfilm Games, told StarWars.com: "We all have our favourites that we want to jump straight into, while others may want to start with the new trilogy first, and yet we find most want to start at the beginning of the saga to see and play from where the story all began."

Jonathan Smith, head of production and strategic director at TT Games, added: "Freedom of choice is a really important principle for us! We love stories and storytelling; but we also feel, both as gamers ourselves and with particular concern for young players driven to experimentation and change, that stories exist to be played with, however the player wants."

New key art for the eagerly anticipated game has just been revealed and Craig has promised that LEGO Star Wars is "massive because it had to be".

He said: "Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to build a LEGO Star Wars game from the ground up that brings all nine films of the Skywalker saga together for the first time in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? We all knew early that to do this right, we had to do it well, and to respect what has come before while bringing new elements to the franchise. We needed the game to feel epic in scope and scale while bringing the player intimately closer to the action like never before. This required new technology, new game mechanics, and a passionate team of developers to create a cast of hundreds and all the familiar worlds they populate -- all with the charm and humour you expect with a LEGO Star Wars game. Quite frankly, this game is massive because it had to be."

And Jonathan calls it a "LEGO landmark", explaining: "As fans, we were always going to go big! With the conclusion of the Skywalker saga in Episode IX, and 15 years since the first LEGO Star Wars, it really felt like the right time to aim as high as possible; to create a LEGO landmark."