Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment reveals its plans for the second year of LEGO Dimensions, the toys-to-life game that incorporates LEGO toys with video games.
New expansion packs broaden the complete selection to 30, allowing players to customize their experience by mixing and matching favorite characters and universes with full compatibility. New game features being added in year two include four-player competitive battle arenas (a first for LEGO video games) and "Story Packs", which provide story-driven gameplay around the year's big theatrical releases.
LEGO Dimensions packs based on 16 new entertainment properties will begin launching on September 27 with the "Ghostbusters Story Pack", "Adventure Time" and "Mission: Impossible Level Packs", "Harry Potter" and "Adventure Time Team Packs", and "The A-Team Fun Pack". Additional expansion packs based on other highly anticipated films "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", "The LEGO Batman Movie" will be released in product waves stretching into summer of next year. Also releasing during that time are packs for "The Goonies", "Sonic The Hedgehog", "Teen Titans Go!", "LEGO City Undercover", "Knight Rider", "The Powerpuff Girls", "Gremlins", "Beetlejuice", and "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial".
All expansion packs provide players with continued compatibility to use everything from waves 1-9 interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game. WBIE states that no new starter pack is required, as all new packs will simply enhance the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack game and work with the existing LEGO Toy Pad.
“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,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director of developer TT Games. “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 favorite characters, which is an exciting innovation for LEGO videogames.”
All-new battle arenas will offer first-to-LEGO videogames competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in the wave six through nine expansion packs will come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a battle arena within the free play adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand. Each battle arena has four different gameplay modes and comes with its own traps, special powers and interactive environments that make every battle arena unique.
The Ghostbusters Story Pack, based on the upcoming film, will provide a complete movie-based gameplay experience with six puzzle-packed levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks that allow players to build Zhu’s Chinese Restaurant atop the LEGO Toy Pad. It will also come with a buildable Abby Yates LEGO minifigure with Proton Blaster and 3-in-1 buildable Ecto-1 which can be rebuilt into the Ectozer and The PerfEcto. The pack unlocks “Rip,” a new Toy Pad mode allowing players to tear open an alternate universe. In this mirror world, players have the ability to solve puzzles and affect objects and other items in the primary universe. Like all gold-tag minifigures purchased, Abby Yates provides access to a new themed Adventure World with its own unique battle arena.
Story Packs also expand the Starter Pack story with deeper gameplay. In the game’s storyline, the evil Lord Vortech has hidden portions of his powers around the LEGO Multiverse. As players progress through Story Pack levels, they can unearth and tap into Keystone Runes to use Lord Vortech’s powers against him through all-new Toy Pad modes.
Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Dimensions is currently available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and Wii U.