On the one hand, the game's absence is surprising and a little disappointing. Since LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has spent so much time shrouded in mystery, more consistent communication from Traveller's Tales would be appreciated by fans. On the other hand, it's probably more practical that The Skywalker Saga didn't have a presence. If the game still has six months left to go before release, then Traveller's Tales is likely better off keeping its head down and focusing on development, saving a marketing push for whenever the game is actually ready.
If Traveller's Tales was going to reveal any more trailers for The Skywalker Saga in 2021, The Game Awards would have been the place to do it. The Skywalker Saga's repeated presence at high-profile events like E3 and Gamescom means it would've hardly been out of place at The Game Awards, which is just as much a gaming news event as it is an award ceremony.
Considering how long it has been since there was a new Skywalker Saga trailer, an appearance at TGA wouldn't have been out of the question. The latest trailer for the game, which revealed The Skywalker Saga's new spring 2022 release window, came out during Gamescom Opening Night Live in August 2021. With several months gone by, it wouldn't be hard to imagine Traveller's Tales putting together a new trailer for the awards ceremony, one offering another peek at The Skywalker Saga's new features and announcing a more narrow release window. Instead, it seems Traveller's Tales wants to stick with spring 2022 for now.
Star Wars did have a presence at The Game Awards 2021 thanks to the announcement of Star Wars: Eclipse from Quantic Dream, but Eclipse promises to be a very different game from The Skywalker Saga. While it seems likely that Eclipse will explore Star Wars' darker side and delve into its politics, LEGO Star Wars has always been good at depicting Star Wars' senses of humor and adventure. That knack for levity deserved to stand alongside the mysterious Eclipse.
As much as The Skywalker Saga deserved to be there, it's probably for the best that it wasn't. The Skywalker Saga's multiple delays stretching over long periods of time suggest that development is moving rather slowly, which means Traveller's Tales actually may not have had much new information to offer by The Game Awards 2021. If that's the case, it made the right choice by not devoting time and resources to a new trailer. Instead, it's keeping its eyes ahead and focusing on The Skywalker Saga's future.
UItimately, The Skywalker Saga may not have lost that much publicity from missing this major event. After all, the game has earned a ton of publicity already thanks to its delays. When a game first gets delayed for six months, only to get another longer delay after that, the game industry is bound to notice. While it's unfortunate that the game has repeatedly missed deadlines, if The Skywalker Saga has a strong launch it'll be a testament to the value of patience and diligence in game development.
It also doesn't hurt that The Skywalker Saga speaks for itself. LEGO Star Wars and the greater licensed LEGO games franchise are defined in-part by being slow to change, repeating many elements rather than consistently innovating. The Skywalker Saga's vast overworld, as well as its more complex take on LEGO Star Wars combat, make the game stand out purely by virtue of being different. Lots of eyes are on this game because of its potential to refresh and revitalize Traveller's Tales' LEGO games. As much as The Skywalker Saga deserved a time slot at The Game Awards 2021, missing the event wasn't a setback.
Since The Skywalker Saga didn't show up at this event, it wouldn't be surprising if Traveller's Tales waited a few more months to address the game again. Early 2022 is packed with major game releases, from Elden Ring to Horizon: Forbidden West, so maybe Traveller's Tales will wait until March or April to release a new trailer and clarify The Skywalker Saga's release date. That time window may seem far off, but considering how often Traveller's Tales has let months go by without announcements, getting new information in three or four seems believable.
Waiting around for Traveller's Tales to address its upcoming game certainly gets tiring for some, but Traveller's Tales' approach to developing the game is probably for the best. Rather than constantly hyping the game and inflating expectations, it's likely aiming to make the best first impression possible without telling fans every single detail in advance. It's a safe approach that's bound to serve The Skywalker Saga well. LEGO Star Wars is so well known and liked that it doesn't need an overly aggressive marketing campaign, so it's okay if The Skywalker Saga isn't at every gaming event. Between a well established audience and a focus on the game's merit, The Skywalker Saga is still poised to hopefully succeed.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga releases in 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.