Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is this fall slated to launch “Lego Dimensions,” a videogame that includes physical toy figurines and fuses together universes from multiple WB and Lego brands, including DC Comics’ Batman, “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Lego Movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” Lego Ninjago, “Back to the Future” and others yet to be announced.
The game, set to launch Sept. 27, is developed by TT Games in partnership with Lego Group. “Lego Dimensions” will be available for Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PS3, and Nintendo’s Wii U.
With “Lego Dimensions,” characters from multiple entertainment franchises will, for the first time in a Lego videogame, join forces to battle in worlds outside their own — a concept borrowed from such titles as Disney Infinity, the Mouse House’s very successful game property. “Dimensions” is WB’s entry into the “toys-to-life” category, which combines physical toys with a videogame; others in this space include Disney Infinity, Activision’s Skylanders and Nintendo’s Amiibo.
“‘Lego Dimensions’ expands our Lego videogame franchise with a breakthrough, immersive interactive entertainment experience that will redefine the toys-to-life games category,” Jeff Junge, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s senior VP for Lego and TT Games. “‘Lego Dimensions’ will bring fans innovative and joyful gameplay with an amazing mashup of huge brands in both the physical and digital worlds.”
In addition to the game, the “Lego Dimensions” starter pack will include the Lego Toy Pad, letting players transport special Lego minifigures and other Lego objects into the game; bricks to build the Lego Gateway; and three Lego minifigures: Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle from “The Lego Movie”; plus the Lego Batmobile.
The “Lego Dimensions” starter pack will be priced at $99.99. Additional level packs will be listed at $29.99, with “team packs” at $24.99 and “fun packs” at $14.99 each.
The game’s expansion packs, beyond what’s included in the baseline product, will provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, plus game content with mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities.
The expansion packs for “Lego Dimensions” to be available in 2015 include a “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 “Lord of the Rings” packs with Gollum, Gimli and Legolas minifigures; four “Lego Movie” packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters; and a “Wizard of Oz” pack with a Wicked Witch of the West minifigure.
“’Lego Dimensions’ is unlike anything that we have ever done,” commented Niels Jørgensen, VP of digital games for Lego. “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.”
Separately, WB Interactive last month announced plans for mobile game “Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham,” also produced by TT Games, in which the Caped Crusader joins forces with superheroes of the DC Comics universe.
Watch the launch trailer for “Lego Dimensions,” featuring “Community” star Joel McHale: