Posted By Shaun K. about 4 months, 2 weeks ago
A new offshoot of the video game arm of the Lego brand was announced today and following in the footsteps of titles like Lego City (which I am still waiting impatiently for the release of FYI) it is an original property not based on a per-existing property. Going under the moniker of Lego: Legends of Chima, the sub-series posits a fantasy world based heavily upon the mythology and visual archetypes of China. The setting is described by Lego as “a land inhabited by different magical animal tribes and tells the classic story of good and evil, friendship and family.”
The video game side of this recently announced sub-series kicks off with Lego Legends of Chima: Speedorz , a self-described “racing mini-game” available for download today on PC via Lego.com and tomorrow on iOS. Following this will be Lego: Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey. Developed by perennial Lego game creator TT Games, the title will arrive for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS in the summer of the this year followed by a DS version this fall. The game is described as a full adventure set in the world of Chima starring the series apparent current front man, the leonine warrior Laval.
Rounding out the initial trio of Chima games will be Lego: Legends of Chima Online from WB Games Montreal, a developer whose previous titles include the Wii U port Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and the still-in-beta free-to-play kids-aimed MMO Looney Tunes & Scooby-Doo Cartoon Universe. As with Cartoon Universe, Legends of Chima Online will (naturally enough) be a PC-based free-to-play MMO aimed clearly at the younger set. According to developers, in LCO “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!”
It seems clear then that both Lego and Warner Bros. Intertacive have a lot of hope riding on this new brand and to be fair wit the close of Lego Universe early last year there is room in the market fro a Lego based MMO. Whether or not LCO will be that game of course remains to be seen and what impact, if any, this title will have on the previously announced Funcom LEGO Minifigures MMO remains to be seen. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this newly announced series along with other Lego titles and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.