LEGO Dimensions Announced, Launches This September With Gandalf, Batman & Wyldstyle in the Starter Pack

Priced at $99.99 for the Starter Pack, Warner Bros, TT Games, and The LEGO Group have officially announced LEGO Dimensions, which launches on September 27 in North America and September 29 in Europe for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

Entering the toys-to-life genre, LEGO Dimensions “breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of LEGO games.” With many more still to be announced, the universes coming to Dimensions include DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard, LEGO Ninjago, and Back to the Future.

Inside that Starter Pack, you’ll receive the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows you to put LEGO minifigures and other LEGO objects into the game; bricks to build the LEGO Gateway; three LEGO Minifigures, including LEGO Batman, LEGO Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile.

TT Games Founder and Creative Director Jon Burton talked about LEGO Dimensions:

When kids play with LEGO bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favorite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games. Now for the first time in a videogame, LEGO fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. Imagine putting LEGO Gollum from The Lord of the Rings behind the wheel of the LEGO DeLorean Time Machine in New Ninjago City – the creative play is endless.

LEGO Dimensions will also offer the chance to buy additional expansion packs, which add new characters, vehicles, tools, levels, and more. Here’s a sampling of some of the packs expected in 2015:

  • Back to the Future Level Pack with a LEGO Marty McFly minifigure
  • A LEGO Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures
  • Three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya and Zane minifigures
  • Two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures
  • Three The Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with LEGO Gollum, LEGO Gimli and LEGO Legolas minifigures
  • Four The LEGO Movie Fun packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters
  • A The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a LEGO Wicked Witch of the West minifigure.

Even more packs will be released following the launch of the game and into 2016.

As the description adds, “One LEGO Toy Pad, LEGO Gateway and the video game found in the initial Starter Pack will offer endless opportunities to customize a player’s experience for years to come. Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the Starter Pack, even in the fall of next year. No compatibility chart necessary.”

On the front of the box art though, it does say “internet connection required.”

What do you think of LEGO Dimensions?