It was a few months ago that we initially shared that our favorite Toys To Life Game LEGO Dimensions wouldn’t be seeing any content beyond Year 2. Today we see a deluge of larger news sources reporting on the untimely death of Dimensions and we wanted to follow up on a few questions we are seeing on social media, email, etc. Big thanks to Eurogamer for citing us in their article for originally breaking the story. As a follow up for the fans, I thought it would be appropriate to address a few of the things touched on in the article from Eurogamer and expand on some of the points.
First, it’s important to say that yes, this is all still a rumor until we get an official statement from Warner Brothers surrounding the fate of the game. What are the chances of us getting that statement? Well up until this point I would have said the chances were slim, but with a heightened awareness thanks to the new article from Eurogamer, perhaps we will see some sort of acknowledgment. But I’m still betting that we won’t hear a word.
Second, it’s also important to say that the “idea” of Dimensions may not be dead completely, and perhaps TT Games will return to the genre of a Toys To Life franchise. A LEGO Dimensions 2 might be something we see one day. But for now, the game as it stands is mostly finished.
The Cancellation Cause
There are many articles citing the sales of the game for being it’s undoing, and unfortunately we will never officially know how well the game sold, how much money it made LEGO & Warner Brothers, or perhaps really any official reason why the game went under. While physical LEGO’s overall sales have dipped, it still holds strong as one of the biggest toys in the world.
Unfortunately the flag ship franchise Dimensions tied itself to at the start of Year 2 was controversial and not well received. The Ghostbusters reboot met mixed reviews, leaving the demand for a LEGO game version a bit flat. Subsequent releases were oddly spaced, and poorly prioritized.
At the end of the day, the market just couldn’t bear another Toys To Life game, especially the most expensive of the big three, and interest for it simply faded away. There is really no good finger to point or person to blame, it was a huge mix of circumstances.
The Thank You Email
The aforementioned Eurogamer article ended with a nice little email sent out by Dave Dootson, Studio Manager at TT Games, thanking the team for their hard work on Dimensions. We also got a copy of this email from our source and can share it with you below:
While this email is far from any sort of official confirmation that the game is cancelled, it’s a pretty clear indication. It was sent to everyone working on LEGO Dimensions “Project Opus” and has a pretty serious tone of the game being finished. Almost all of the people who received this email are now hard at work on other projects like LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.
What Was To Come?
The Eurogamer article mentions a few pieces of content that were in the works for LEGO Dimensions including a Minecraft pack, and expansions on existing Year 1 franchises like a Missy (Doctor Who) or The Flash (D.C. Comics) packs.
The information we have agrees with this, as initial development and planning for Year 2 included diving back into select Year 1 franchises and pulling out new and updated stories. This idea was ultimately scrapped and the closest thing we got to this was the exclusive polybags we saw released over the summer gap between years for Green Arrow & Supergirl.
The Minecraft pack was also in the works as a potential Story Pack to bridge the gap between Year 2 & 3, but it too was scrapped for what ever reasons. The gaming IP fit perfectly in line with other previous Dimensions pack releases like Portal, Midway & Sonic. Of course you’d get a pretty sweet little Steve minifigure, and the portal build would have been fun. Perhaps if this franchise was used to kick off Year 2 we’d be in a different place right now instead of pack based on a rather under performing controversial film.
The other big item they touched on in the article was the Dimensions scanner device. We’ve actually seen this thing in action and it was a work of absolute beauty, and likely would have been the thing that set Dimensions apart from any other Toys To Life gaming experience in a big bad way. Imagine building anything you want out of LEGO that could reasonably fit on a toy tag, uploading it into the game, and playing with it. There is no doubt the scanner would have been pricy, the technology in it alone was pretty impressive and cutting edge for a children’s game. The possibilities for the scanner could have been endless, integrating the features into other LEGO Games like Worlds, but for now it sits shelved, like Dimensions, for perhaps a better time.
As we’ve promised, we will dive deeper into these cancelled franchises & content down the road when the game has been properly cancelled or enough time has passed.
So Whats Next?
With Dimensions off the plate of the TT Games team, we have so much great stuff to expect with the future of LEGO Games. The upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is slated to be the biggest most adventurous LEGO game yet, and that is the type of thing we can excitedly look forward to now that the team isn’t slaving over dozens of franchises, worlds, levels and packs.
Moving forward we can probably expect to see the familiar pattern of two full LEGO games coming out a year, and with growing franchises like Star Wars, D.C.’s cinematic universe, original LEGO franchises & films like the upcoming LEGO Movie 2 and more… we are certain some great LEGO gaming content is on it’s way!
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