LEGO Dimensions did a lot of things right when it debuted in 2015. Rather than just aping Skylanders and Disney Infinity, this toys-to-life game featured multiple properties that could interact in the main game (Scooby-Doo, Batman and Marty McFly made up my favorite combo) and featured toys that were as much fun to play with as they were to collect.
Now, Warner Bros. has revealed what?s next for the Dimensions franchise, and we couldn?t be happier with the decisions developer TT Games has made. Here are five things that excite us the most about the next year in LEGO Dimensions.
Would you believe 16 new properties are headed to LEGO Dimensions? In addition to new DC heroes from LEGO Batman: The Movie and Teen Titans Go! there?s a slew of 1980s goodness with licenses such as ET, The A-Team, Gremlins, Goonies and Knight Rider (make space for your David Hasselhoff mini-fig). We even get the world of superstar Harry Potter and video game royalty, Sonic the Hedgehog.
No New Starter Set Needed
This can?t be overstated. So far the toys-to-life genre has featured games that require a whole new setup every year. Old pieces were forward compatible, but forget using new pieces in previous games. No more! Thanks to some presumably heavy downloadable updates, players can use all the new characters anywhere in the game.
New Story Packs
But that’s not to say there isn?t new story content. Bigger than the Level Packs (of which you can expect more), the game?s new Story Packs add multiple levels and adventure worlds for properties such as this summer?s Ghostbusters reboot. A new portal takes you to these new worlds, and with properties such as Harry Potter and Adventure Time, we?re looking forward to seeing where the story takes us next.
New Arena Mode
Both the story levels and the adventure worlds provide hours of enjoyment, but who doesn?t like some four-player fun? The game?s new Arena Mode lets you and three friends choose characters and go at it in such games as capture the flag. When we played in Harry Potter?s quidditch stadium, the action was fast, funny and frantic. A real winner!
Part of the fun of the original LEGO Dimensions was finding the keystones that gave you various abilities. It turns out you haven?t found all of the keystones yet, and the game?s new additions will bring additional keystones and more ways to solve puzzles and interact with the bricky world.