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The animator is a “force” behind the new Star Wars video game

CHICAGO — The Force is strong with the latest video game in the Star Wars franchise.

LEGO Star Wars: The SkyWalker Saga has a ton of cool features, settings and modes and it’s apparently so amazing that some reviewers and many gamers are calling it the best LEGO game ever!

Chris Woodworth is a cinematic animator for TT Games Ltd in England, which produced the video game.

He joined WGN News Now to talk about all the work that went into making it happen.

Woodworth said the video game was a passion project that took years of planning.

As a cinematic animator, he brings to life everything that moves in a scene, not just the characters. Woodworth said to animate the cutscenes alone for The Skywalker Saga took a little over two years. “It’s crazy to think about what happened back then.” he said. “I just met my partner and for a really long time that’s all she knew I worked on.”

When the pandemic hit, Woodworth and his colleagues had to work from home and complete the game on their PCs. He said the entire team threw their hearts and souls into the project to try and give fans the game they wanted them to experience.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features over 300 playable characters and allows players to relive all nine movies. “They’re going to be inundated with so much nostalgia. They’ll want to see those movies again,” Woodworth said. He added that families have bonded over LEGO Star Wars games.

“These games are basically for the whole family. They are created in such a way that both adults and children will love them. he said. “You sometimes have the kindness and the slapstick humor for the kids, but for the adults you have the nostalgia, the things they know and the little hidden jokes too.”

Woodworth also discovered TikTok during lockdown, and while most of the content he posts centers around voice acting, which he also does, Woodworth also shares some of his animation work on it.

You can see more of his work here…and you can watch his interview with WGN News Now’s Christine Flores and Chip Brewster in the video above.