WB Just Can’t Kick Its LEGO Game Habit

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Hooked on the property like a junkie (only cash is the drug in this instance), Warner Bros. enters 2013 ready to push even more LEGO games on young, impressionable gamers. We aren’t even two weeks into the New Year and already four new LEGO games have been announced.

Clearly the main draw will be LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. WB and TT Games have achieved great success on the DC Universe front with the LEGO Batman titles, so it’s only natural they finally turn their attention to that other popular comic label.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is in development for a Fall 2013 launch on all the major modern platforms, including 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U and Xbox 360. The game will follow an original storyline in which over 100 unlockable Marvel Universe characters will fight to save the world from evil, starting in a LEGO replica of New York City. Characters confirmed so far include Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Loki and Galactus. I for one can’t wait to play as minifig Deadpool, although his brand of insane humor will most certainly be toned down for the more playful, family friendly LEGO brand.

Elsewhere on the LEGO front, WB has announced three additional games based on the new Legends of Chima universe consisting of magical animal tribes in a fantasy setting. The three distinct titles will span a variety of platforms, including an iOS game (which is already available from the App Store), a game for portable systems (3DS, DS, and Vita), and a free-to-play online world. Check below for the specifics.

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LEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorz, a racing mini-game produced by TT Games and 4T2, revs its way on to LEGO.com today and iOS tomorrow, January 3. Players will race against famous Chima characters, battle through iconic Chima locations, and unleash the power of CHI to boost their Speedorz, all while collecting studs and rewards to unlock more Speedorz and customize characters. The player’s goal is to become the ultimate champion and win Golden CHI, which transforms the world map and opens a new race level.

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey, developed by TT Games, is scheduled to be available for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system and for the PS Vita system in summer 2013 and for the Nintendo DS hand-held system in fall 2013. Players will embark on an amazing adventure into the world of Chima where the brave warrior Laval and his allies are called upon to fight for justice.

In Fall 2013, LEGO Legends of Chima Online, a free-to-play, online world developed by WB Games Montréal, will provide kids with a safe and incredibly immersive connected game experience. Players will be able to build and customize their kingdom in the world of Chima, explore massive environments like the Falling Leaves Forest, take on missions to help Laval and his friends, uncover hidden secrets and treasures, earn rewards, and use LEGO bricks to build weapons, gadgets, and more!

The Chima Vault, which houses an exclusive reward system, will be accessible to players on LEGO.com/chima. While playing LEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorz and LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey, players will be able to earn points. These points can be redeemed through the Vault for a variety of unique content that players can use to enhance their experience in LEGO Legends of Chima Online.

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