Warner Bros. to bring three LEGO Legends of Chima games to multiple platforms in 2013
Boy, LEGO just revealed its new Legends of Chima line of merchandise, but already it has games for it. Along with Warner Bros. Interactive, LEGO announced today three new games based on the Chima line will be released this year.
The first of these is LEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorz, a racing game that will be available on iOS devices tomorrow, January 3 (and is playable now on LEGO.com). Co-developed by TT Games and 4T2, the game will give players the chance to race as their favorite Chima characters and race through iconic locations in the Chima world, collecting studs and other unlockables along the way.
Following this is LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey, a portable title developed solely by TT Games, in which players "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". The game will hit the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita this summer, followed by a release for the Nintendo DS this fall.
The last of the three games is a free-to-play world called LEGO Legends of Chima Online. Developed by WB Games Montreal and set for launch this fall, the game will provide "a safe and incredibly immersive connected game experience" where players can build and customize their Chima kingdom, as well as explore different environments. In addition, players of LEGO Legends of Chima Online will be able to enhance their experience by redeeming points earned in Speedorz and Laval's Journey.
"We are doing something innovative with LEGO Legends of Chima by making three distinct videogame experiences on a variety of platforms," said Samantha Ryan, WB Interactive's Senior VP of Production and Development. "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."
According to LEGO, the Legends of Chima line is set in a fictional fantasy land inhabited by different magical animal tribes such as Lion, Eagle, and Crocodile, wrapping it all in a "classic story of good and evil, friendship and family".
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Source: Warner Bros. Interactive press release
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