Like "The LEGO Movie" before it, the upcoming game "LEGO Dimensions" features a number of characters who have been interpreted by the popular building toy's famous minifigure style. But perhaps more importantly, they both star Batman and Wyldstyle as two of the three main characters, with "Lord of the Rings'" Gandalf the Grey rounding out the game's main roster.
Of course, the game takes "The LEGO Movie's" love of cameos to the next level, as the heroic trio visit worlds based on franchises from "Ghostbusters" and "Back to the Future" to realms inspired by DC Comics, Scooby-Doo, "Doctor Who" and beyond.
Ahead of "LEGO Dimensions'" anticipated release, CBR News spoke with TT Games' Associate Producer Mark Warburton about how the Dark Knight and his super friends come to life to save the universes in the newest "toys-to-life" game game.
CBR News: In a very basic sense, what is "LEGO Dimensions" and what makes it different from such other "toys-to-life" games as "Skylanders" and "Disney Infinity"?
Mark Warburton: "LEGO Dimensions" takes the concept of a gigantic mashed-up universe and just runs with it. We give the player fourteen huge brands from across all of pop culture, including "The Lord of the Rings," "Doctor Who," "Ghostbusters," "Jurassic World," and "The Simpsons," and let them play with any character or vehicle at any time. No walls and no rules.
The main game follows a new story featuring Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle as they battle through levels based on each of their worlds. On top of the main story, we also have additional levels and Adventure Worlds based on the entertainment brands you love.
What is the DC Comics-inspired part of the game like?
Because the whole game is a mash-up, the idea behind the DC Comics Adventure World was, "What would it be like if three iconic locations mashed together?" So, we have a world that combines Metropolis, Gotham and Atlantis into one unique and vast area.
It's essentially an open world area to go and have fun and complete quests with the characters. We wanted to give the player a chance to explore the cool characters abilities and find hidden secrets. The Adventure Worlds offer exactly that.
The game's "Starter Pack" comes with both Batman and the Batmobile, the latter of which can transform into different vehicles. What do they do in the game?
As you play through the game, you may find that the Batmobile is no longer suited to a task, so the player will upgrade it to give it a new look and abilities. But the upgrade isn't just digital, it's physical as well. You will need to rebuild the LEGO bricks, following build instructions that are displayed in-game, and create something totally different. LEGO has always been about building and rebuilding, so it's great that we can extend this into "LEGO Dimensions."
The game also features two different versions of Batman. What prompted this, and how -- aside from the color of their outfits -- are they different in the game?
Well, the Batman in "The LEGO Movie" claimed that he was Batman. But we felt that unfair, as our LEGO Batman has been around a lot longer. We figured we would pop them both in and let the player decide.
I don't want to spoil too much, but yes -- they are very different.
Besides Batman, what other DC Comics characters are in the game?
We have Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Bane, Joker, Harleyd and Cyborg as playable characters, as well as a whole host of cameos. They will be released throughout the year.
Some of the characters you mentioned, such as The Joker and Harley Quinn, have had a lot of different looks over the years. How did you decide which version of these characters to go with?
We usually just go with the outfit that speaks to us as fans the most. Joker and Harley have been with us since the first "LEGO Batman" game, and the look follows that. Harley is close to the original animated series versions, whereas Joker is a mix of everything.
If it was your call, what DC Comics character would you most like to see in "LEGO Dimensions" and why?
I'm a fan of Superboy, Connor Kent, so that would have been a great Minifig to have. Either that or Aztec -- just so I could watch our LEGO modelers sweat over how they would create that helmet.
"LEGO Dimensions" will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the WiiU on September 27.