With the recent closure of Disney Infinity and dwindling sales figures for Skylanders, one could be forgiven for thinking the toys-to-life genre was on its last legs. But Traveller’s Tales, creators of the ever-popular series of LEGO games, have today proven that there’s life left in it yet, as they’ve announced a new wave of IPs for their multi-brand crossover game LEGO Dimensions.
Dimensions, which sees real-world LEGO minifigures being scanned into an action/platforming adventure, has already had sets released based on the likes of Portal, Lord of the Rings, The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Scooby Doo, Back to the Future, DC Comics and Jurassic Park, to name a few. On top of this gargantuan list, a press release unveiled on June 9th has revealed a further 16 intellectual properties that are due to be incorporated into the bizarre mashup later this year. Showcasing some very surprising inclusions and characters, they are as follows:
- Harry Potter: Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander
- Adventure Time: Finn, Jake, Lumpy Space Princess
- Powerpuff Girls: Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, Professor Utonium
- A-Team: B.A. Baracus
- Gremlins: Gizmo, Stripe
- Mission Impossible: Ethan Hunt
- Knight Rider: Michael Knight
- Goonies: Sloth
- E.T.: E.T.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic
- Ghostbusters (2016): Abby Yates (grants access to the other ‘new’ Ghostbusters once levels are cleared)
- Teen Titans Go: Beast Boy, Raven
- Beetlejuice: TBA
- LEGO Batman Movie: TBA
- LEGO City Undercover: Chase McCain
Interestingly, the roster seems to be largely comprised of favourites from the 80s and 90s, such as E.T., Gremlins and the A-Team; and thus one is left wondering just how much appeal these IPs will have for the target audience for LEGO Dimensions. They certainly appear to be going for a nostalgic angle, although it is difficult to imagine the average child becoming particularly excited for a Knight Rider set.
It is exciting, however, to see the inclusion of more videogame properties to sit alongside Portal, like LEGO City Undercover and Sonic, and these will likely fit in snugly to a puzzle-platforming environment. Indeed, the contemporary relevance of these brands, combined with that of Adventure Time, Harry Potter and Teen Titans Go, will serve to balance out the more adult-oriented properties like Mission: Impossible. There truly is something for everyone here, and given the innovation exhibited by Dimensions’ first incarnation, the potential for even more insane crossovers is very alluring. You want the Powerpuff Girls to fight Daleks alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and Harry Potter? That’s a very specific demand, but with this announcement, you’re covered.
TT Games also disclosed that the Ghostbusters and Harry Potter sets in particular will come as ‘Story Packs’, which, while pricier, unlock 6 completely new levels in-game; and, if we do a little maths, you’re getting about 3 hours’ worth of new story content for your buck. Not bad. And that’s on top of the fact that every brand has its own ‘Adventure World’ that only requires one character from that brand to enter. Want to have Chase McCain touring Chima in the Batmobile? Go for it. In short, it’s all adding up to a veritable wealth of content, which TT Games has confirmed will be added to the base-game via a downloadable patch; no purchase of a second disk required.
Speaking on the announcement, as well as the new ‘battle arena’ mode, Tom Stone, Managing Director of Traveller’s Tales, stated that: “we’ve built upon the existing LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack to expand the gameplay possibilities with entirely new LEGO experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. We can now provide players with even more customization and mash-up opportunities, and all are compatible with the existing game and packs. Battle Arenas also introduce a fun new way for friends and family to join the action together and battle as favourite characters, which is an exciting innovation for LEGO videogames.”
Which brands are you most excited/surprised to see in the upcoming wave of LEGO Dimensions? Let us know in the comments.