Lego Dimensions Game with Toys-to-Life Minifigures Announced for Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360

11 April 2015
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Lego Dimensions has been announced by Warner Bros. Interactive as their Toys-to-Life genre entry, to compete with the likes of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo’s Amiibo.

Lego Dimensions will combine multiple Lego properties including Batman, The Lego Movie, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz and other brands into one game, while allowing players to mix & match Minifigures and actual Lego bricks and pieces from various brands (purchased separately to build into vehicles and such) and bring them into the game. Exciting stuff!

Check out the hilariously awesome Lego Dimensions launch trailer.

Lego Dimensions breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of LEGO games. Launching September 29th, 2015, the game will fuse many fan-favorite universes together, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more still to be announced.

LEGO Dimensions, developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PS3 & Wii U.

For the first time in any LEGO videogame, characters from iconic entertainment franchises join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own.

In addition to the game, the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack will include the “LEGO Toy Pad”, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and other LEGO objects into the game, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, including “LEGO Batman” from DC Comics, “LEGO Gandalf” from The Lord of the Rings and “Wyldstyle” from The LEGO Movie, plus the “LEGO Batmobile”.

“When kids play with LEGO bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favourite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that via videogames,” said Jon Burton, Founder and Creative Director, TT Games. “Now for the first time in a videogame, LEGO fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. Imagine putting “LEGO Gollum” from “The Lord of the Rings” behind the wheel of the “LEGO Delorean” in “New Ninjago City” – the creative play is endless.”

“Building on TT Games’ track record for exceptionally popular, engaging games, LEGO Dimensions expands our LEGO videogame franchise with a breakthrough, immersive interactive entertainment experience that will redefine the toys to life games category,” said Jeff Junge, Senior Vice President, LEGO Franchise and TT Games, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “LEGO Dimensions will bring fans innovative and joyful gameplay with an amazing mash-up of huge brands in both the physical and digital worlds.”

“LEGO Dimensions is unlike anything that we have ever done. It further extends the LEGO play experience into the digital world with all of the characters, humor and action of LEGO videogames now combined with the fun of LEGO minifigure and model building,” said Niels Jorgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for the LEGO Group. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with TT Games to explore ways in which physical and digital LEGO play can merge in meaningful ways for children.”

In addition to the three minifigure heroes used to start the experience, LEGO Dimensions will allow gamers to customize their experience with additional expansion packs.

Highly collectible Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs will provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as compelling game content with new mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities. All expansion packs will feature well-known properties and provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game – with no limitations.

A small sample of packs available in 2015 include the “Back to the Future Level Pack” with a “LEGO Marty McFly” minifigure, a “LEGO Ninjago Team Pack” with “Kai” and “Cole” minifigures, three “Ninjago Fun Packs” with “Jay”, “Nya” and “Zane” minifigures, two “DC Comics Fun Packs” with “Wonder Woman” and “Cyborg” minifigures, three “The Lord of the Rings Fun Packs” with “LEGO Gollum”, “LEGO Gimli” and “LEGO Legolas” minifigures, four “The LEGO Movie Fun” packs with “Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty” characters, and a “The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack” with a “LEGO Wicked Witch of the West” minifigure.

Additional packs to round out the 2015 assortment will be announced in the months leading to launch. Further waves of expansion packs will be released regularly following the launch of the game and into 2016.

LEGO Dimensions not only offers a bridge between digital and physical LEGO play, but also introduces a digital system of play with great long-term value for LEGO gaming. One LEGO Toy Pad, LEGO Gateway and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer endless opportunities to customize a player’s experience for years to come. Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the Starter Pack, even in the fall of next year. No compatibility chart necessary.

Lego is quite literally the perfect brand to carry the Toys to Life genre into the future. What could be more perfect? This is a phenomenal idea, and seems perfectly fit for Lego and Warner Bros. considering how huge the Lego videogames and the Lego Movie have been, and how many popular properties they have the rights too.

Who would’ve thought that we’d ever see the day where Gandalf and Batman would be fighting side-by-side. It’s crazy. But this is an absolute hit. I’m sure of it.

Although one has to wonder how long the Toys to Life category can maintain steam without burning out…. We all remember what happened to the Music & Rhythm Genre and the over-saturation that occurred with annual Guitar Hero and Rock Band releases & games requiring plastic instruments. Eventually the whole thing collapsed.

We are now on the same kind of yearly schedule with Skylanders, Lego Infinity, Amiibo and now Lego…. Will it be able to last without collapsing?

It’ll be fun to watch. We’ll just have to wait and see!

How excited are you for Lego Dimensions?


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