New report details LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s rock development and studio crunch

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga got an April 5 release date this week after years of development woes.For a while, the project appeared to be in jeopardy, and according to a new report polygon, these fears seem justified. The outlet spoke with 30 current and former employees of TT Games, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, who revealed TT’s lifelong history of austerity, negative work atmosphere, and how the development of The Skywalker Saga has been affected .

The report highlights that TT fell victim to its own success after winning gold with its early LEGO games in the mid-2000s. The studio’s annual release cadence means overtime and overtime have become not only normal but expected. polygonal Sources described instances of studio leadership berating employees for taking breaks and questioning their commitment to the company. Some say it’s not uncommon to work 80-100 hours a 6-day week. Other issues highlighted in the report include the gender pay gap for female employees and a general lack of female leadership or diversity.women talking to polygon Also report bullying and harassment. Although some leaders have listened to employee feedback on these issues over the years, no major change has ever occurred.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a turning point in these long-standing problems.The game has been in development for five years, and those who talked to polygon Said one main reason was the adoption of the unstable new proprietary engine NTT. The engine was the bane of employees due to a lack of key features and a difficult learning curve, resulting in extended production times. But to avoid paying licensing fees for Unreal Engine, which TT’s staff campaigned to use instead, management stuck with NTT, which became a turning point for frustrated employees who left the studio.

Skywalker Saga, which TT positioned as its biggest LEGO Star Wars game to date, also suffered from feature creep, resulting in constant revisions and months of work on the sidelines. Many staff were also reassigned to other projects, confusing those still struggling to get The Skywalker Saga out. Divisive leadership changes and questionable visions of the company’s future have led to the exodus of more than 40 employees from TT’s two studios since early 2021.

polygonal The report does note that staff have noticed slow but positive changes at the studio in recent months, and they finally believe that The Skywalker Saga will live up to fans’ expectations. The whole article is worth reading and is another disappointing but unfortunately common example of the workplace reform that many studios in the games industry need. We hope the overall situation at TT Games improves and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga provides players with the experience they can only dream of.

[Source: Polygon]