Revealed in a press release by Traveller's Tales this week, the next iteration of the Lego game series will take DC's most iconic characters to space with Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
Traveller’s Tales seems to like using The Dark Knight to try new things with their Lego games; When Lego Batman: The Video Game was released in 2008 it was the first Lego game to follow its own original story, rather than do their own comic re-telling of the IP’s source material. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was the first Lego game to give dialog to their characters. Now Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be the first Lego game to appear on the new generation of consoles, and it’s not unreasonable to expect some updates or changes to come into play.
The trailer is minimal in terms of information, but probably the most important thing to glean from the teaser is that this game will take the DC characters to space, as Bats and Superman float among the stars and the rest of the Justice League watches from the Watchtower.
“Following on from the events of DC Superheroes, Beyond Gotham follows the Caped Crusader on an intergalactic adventure, which sees him out to prevent Braniac from destroying Earth. To achieve his goal, Brainiac is using the power of the Lantern Rings to miniaturise cities from across the cosmos. To stop him, Batman – along with a host of other DC heroes and villains – must visit different Lantern Worlds to collect the Rings and put an end to Braniac’s scheme.” – IGN
According to their press release, Traveller’s Tales is putting over 150 DC characters in Lego Batman 3, and this time around larger characters will get the ‘big figure’ treatment that Lego Marvel Super Heroes introduced for characters like The Hulk and Colossus
The Lego video games have been wildly successful for Traveller’s Tales, but Lego has certainly benefited from the games in their own right. It’s hard to see how something like the surprisingly fun Lego Movie could have been greenlit without the popularity of their video game spin-offs. Batman of course was a main character and one of the best parts of The Lego Movie, so he should be right at home in the video games, but historically the Batman games are among the weaker entries in the franchise. On top of that, Lego games are not without their critics: GEEK’s own editorial staff, for example, had quite the argument about the subject on the GEEK Exchange podcast a few weeks ago. Traveller’s Tales still has lots of room for refinement and growth, so it will be interesting to see how this new game deals with the subject matter this time around.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is set to launch this fall on Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS, Vita, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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