I've been a die-hard LEGO fan since I was little. My first LEGO set was Luke Skywalker's landspeeder, and that set began a long pattern of spending every spare cent I had on LEGO: Batman, Johnny Thunder, Alpha Team, Star Wars, and as many other franchises that I could afford. It wasn't long before I discovered Lego's forays into the gaming world: between games like LEGO Chess, LEGO Island, and LEGO Racers, I got to experience my favorite plastic figures' transformation into living heroes set for adventure.
Then in 2005 LEGO released LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, their first licensed game. The adaptation of the Star Wars universe into the beloved block world was a smash success, and soon after other games began to follow: LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Batman, LEGO The Lord of the Rings, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes; the list goes on.
Now earlier this year LEGO announced their games slated for 2015, most notably LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel's Avengers, as well as several mobile and handheld titles. But now Lego has announced their newest game, and their first step into the 'toy-to-life' genre dominated by the popular Skylanders series: LEGO Dimensions!
Lego Dimensions will introduce several new features to the world of LEGO games.
1) 'Toy-to-life' mechanics
LEGO will be incorporating the figure/platform combination made famous by games like Skylanders and Disney: Infinity into their newest game. The game's launch pack (pictured above) will include the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows the player to transport characters into the game. The pack will also include minifigures and playable characters Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, and Batman, who needs no introduction. The game will also incorporate tiny models of vehicles, for instance the Batmobile that comes with the starter pack, that can also be transported into the game.
2) Expansion Packs
A major part of 'toy-to-life' games is the opportunity to purchase and bring new characters into the game. LEGO will be offering three different types of packs: Team packs, Level Packs, and Fun Packs. Team Packs and Fun Packs appear at this point to be varying sizes of packs that simply add characters and vehicles to the game, while Level packs will introduce characters and levels themed to their specific universes, making the game bigger and more diverse. Speaking of diverse...
3) Universe Crossovers
For the first time, players will be able to combine their favorite characters from their favorite universes in a LEGO game. The three characters headlining the game aren't the likeliest team, and the fun is only just beginning. So far the universes that have officially been announced for LEGO Dimensions are The Lego Movie, Back to the Future, The Wizard of OZ, DC Comics, Ninjago, and The Lord of the Rings. More brands are to be revealed soon.
LEGO Dimensions will hit the shelves on September 27, 2015
You can check out the LEGO Dimensions website here, and don't miss the official launch trailer (featuring Joel McHale of Community), which can be viewed here. Are you excited to play LEGO's first 'toy-to-life' game? Do you think it can surpass the franchise titans that are Skylanders and Disney Infinity? What brands/universes would you like to see added into the game? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!