When folk think about LEGO and video games they think Batman, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and so much more. Big franchises, right? Apparently LEGO and Warner Bros. want to try something different now, something original. Announcing LEGO Legends of Chima, a new fantasy adventure franchise spread across three different games in 2013. Risky? Maybe, but there's no doubt that it looks like another great LEGO product.
The three LEGO Legends of Chima titles will include: an iOS racer named LEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorz, which releases tomorrow on January 3; LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey, a 3DS, DS and Vita handheld title that's likely to be an action adventure game of some sort for release this summer; finally, LEGO Legends of Chima Online, a free-to-play kids MMO from the developers of Looney Toons Scooby Doo! Cartoon Universe. Probably not a set of games you Borderlands or Fire Emblem fans will look out for, but your kids may.
Senior VP of production and development at Warner Bros. Interactive gave us this PR friendly statement:
“We are doing something innovative with Lego Legends of Chima by making three distinct videogame experiences on a variety of platforms. By creating multiple Lego videogame experiences for one brand, we are catering to today’s diverse gaming community, as well as establish a rewards system for players of all three games.”
It's doubtful that the LEGO Legends of Chima series will be limited to just these games. Expect a full range of Chima LEGO sets, a television series, and who knows what else to go along with the three games. To be honest, I like the look of the franchise. Hopefully Warner Bros. is really going to knock it out of the park with this one. At the same time though... starting off with an iOS cart-racer? Come on.