There are even more characters to play with in the next evolution of Lego Dimensions
if you thought The Lego Movie pulled together a mind-boggling array of franchises, it ain’t got nothing on its videogame cousin Lego Dimensions. Having already brought Doctor Who, Back To The Future, The Lord Of The Rings, DC Comics and many more into the mix, year two will complicate things still further – in a good way. As well as servicing contemporary franchises like the Ghostbusters reboot and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (you’ll have to wait until the film’s out in November to get your hands on the latter), there’s a real retro vibe to many of the other newbies, as Sonic The Hedgehog, Beetlejuice, ET, Gremlins, Knight Rider and The Goonies get remodelled in plastic bricks.
“Year two is about effectively taking what we initially made with Lego Dimensions, the IP mash-up that had no rules and no boundaries, but taking it a lot bigger,” says game director Arthur Parsons. “When it comes to Dimensions, you’ve got to put stuff in for everyone, things that are going to appeal to kids, to older gamers, to non-gamers, a bit of everything. It’s a diverse mix, but that’s Lego Dimensions – we’ve already done it with Doctor Who, The Simpsons… It works.”
Aside from the new characters, the big development this year is the introduction of Battle Arenas, which will allow up to four players to scrap it out in franchise-themed environments. “It means that any of your toys, whether it’s your characters or your tag items can go into the battle arena and play one against three AI, or you can play two v two, one v three or everyone against each other,” explains Parsons. “Every pack in year two has a unique Battle Arena, because we wanted to enhance our digital content, not just in terms of having toys coming to life in the game.”
Lego Dimensions: season two rolls out on PS4, Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360 from 27 September, with further releases scheduled over upcoming months.
Hope it’s not a midnight screening…