For the first time in any LEGO videogame, 14 iconic entertainment brands and franchises – DC Comics, “The Lord of the Rings,” “The LEGO Movie,” “LEGO Ninjago,” “Back to the Future,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Scooby-Doo!,” “LEGO Legends of Chima,” “Doctor Who,” “Jurassic World,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Simpsons,” “Portal” and Midway Arcade – converge in one thrilling adventure. In the game’s story, a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears and sweeps away characters from various LEGO worlds. To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves on a journey through unexpected worlds, teaming up with unlikely allies on a quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.
“This is an entirely new LEGO experience where players can build the physical toys and play with a mash-up of brands in the videogame just like they would in real life,” said Jon Burton, Founder and Creative Director, TT Games. “We wanted to create a game where players can combine their favorite characters and universes and play without restrictions. They can have Scooby-Doo pilot Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet through Cloud Cuckoo Land from ‘The LEGO Movie’ if they want to. Literally every character can go into any world and use any vehicle or gadget.”
“‘LEGO Dimensions’ expands our LEGO videogame franchise with innovation, an amazing range of world-class entertainment properties and ever-growing gameplay designed for longevity,” said David Haddad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “LEGO videogames are some of the most popular in the world because fans love TT Games’ compelling gameplay mixed with humor. ‘LEGO Dimensions’ builds on this legacy with a new immersive interactive experience that will evolve the toys to life category.”
“We are excited to introduce ‘LEGO Dimensions,’ a unique gaming experience that brings the versatility of LEGO play into the digital world. For the first time, beloved characters from LEGO building sets are introduced into a gaming experience where fans can mix and match characters and universes just like they do in the playroom,” said Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for the LEGO Group. “We are thrilled to continue our close partnership with TT Games & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and to bring a new and different way of digital LEGO play to children and gaming fans alike.”
The “LEGO Dimensions” Starter Pack includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the revolutionary LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and models into the game, as well as direct in-game action all with the movement of the physical toys. And just as kids have enjoyed growing their physical brick collections with everything working together, the “LEGO Dimensions” Starter Pack is the entry point for a gaming system of play that will offer continued compatibility for the years ahead – everything bought today and expansions added tomorrow will continue to work together. No compatibility chart necessary!
The LEGO Toy Pad is an interactive part of the “LEGO Dimensions” gameplay experience functioning as an additional game controller giving players a unique way to interact with the toys and game throughout the experience. The innovative LEGO Toy Pad allows any combination of seven characters, vehicles and gadgets to be simultaneously brought into the game. More than simply a spawning device, it features three distinct areas of RGB light technology that produce a broad array of colors to provide hints and puzzles for the player to solve, bringing physical and digital play more intertwined than ever before.
Incorporating the tangible fun and creativity of LEGO brick building, every LEGO vehicle and gadget, including the LEGO Batmobile, in “LEGO Dimensions” can be physically rebuilt twice, for a total of three different objects, each with unique in-game abilities, which add massive variety to gameplay. And not to be over-looked, a hallmark of LEGO videogames, two-player, local co-operative, drop-in/drop-out gameplay is also part of “LEGO Dimensions,” allowing friends and family members to join the adventure at any time.
In addition to the 14 levels found in the game’s main story, players can also access one distinct, freeplay Adventure World for each of the 14 fan-favorite entertainment properties in the game. Each world can be unlocked with any “LEGO Dimensions” minifigure belonging to that brand, providing players access to additional gameplay content and exploration throughout some of the most iconic locations from each brand’s universe. And just like the story levels in the game, any character can use any vehicle or gadget in any Adventure World.
“LEGO Dimensions” also allows gamers to customize their experience with expansion packs from all brands featured in the game. These highly collectible Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs provide new buildable characters, vehicles, and gadgets with special in-game abilities. All expansion packs provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game.
“Back to the Future,” “The Simpsons” and “Portal” Level Packs, “Scooby-Doo!” and “Jurassic World” Team Packs and DC Comics, “The LEGO Movie,” “LEGO Ninjago,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “LEGO Chima” and “The Wizard of Oz” Fun Packs are available now as part of the wave one release of product. Additional expansion packs will be released in the November 2015, January, March and May 2016 product release waves.
Also launching this week is a “LEGO Dimensions” companion app which provides players with a free, easy to use tool that can track personal “LEGO Dimensions” expansion pack collections, create wish lists, and provide additional information about the game and all related products. With detailed information on the “LEGO Dimensions” storyline, instructions for various gameplay features, and a listing of the in-game abilities and release timing for each expansion pack, players are able to use the app as a destination to expand their “LEGO Dimensions” knowledge and capabilities, and to track the availability of future expansion packs alongside their own collection. The “LEGO Dimensions” companion app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
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About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
About TT Games:
TT Games (www.ttgames.com) is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit LEGO videogame franchises such as “LEGO Star Wars,” “LEGO Indiana Jones,” “LEGO Batman,” and “LEGO Harry Potter.” Incorporating renowned U.K. developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families.
About The LEGO Group:
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, U.K., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough,” the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com. For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
About Middle-earth Enterprises:
The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises, is the holder of worldwide motion picture, legitimate stage, merchandising, and other rights in the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien including “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” SZC has been producing and licensing films, stage productions and merchandise based on the Tolkien works for more than 35 years. Its headquarters are located in Berkeley, California and its website may be found at www.middleearth.com.
About Universal Partnerships & Licensing:
Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel. This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About Sony Pictures Consumer Products:
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) is the licensing and merchandising division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.
About BBC Worldwide:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £138.6m and headline sales of £1,001.8m and returned a record £226.5m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information, please see our Annual Review website:
About “The Simpsons”:
The longest-running scripted show in television history, “The Simpsons” exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently airing its record-annihilating 27th season, “The Simpsons” has won 32 Emmy Awards, 32 Annie Awards, a 2015 People's Choice Award, was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.” “The Simpsons Movie” was a hit feature film, their mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of “Springfield” and the show was honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, and called the “Greatest American Sitcom” by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.
“The Simpsons” is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. Film Roman, a Starz Company, is the animation house.
About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products:
A division 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.