There’s no new Lego Dimensions Starter Pack in the game’s second year of life. Instead, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is delivering a massive pile of add-on stories, levels, characters and features, all based on 16 different popular franchises.
It all starts on Sept. 27 with a story pack for the new Ghostbusters, level packs based on Mission: Impossibleand Adventure Time, team packs featuring Harry Potterand Adventure Timecharacters, and a fun pack based on TheA-Team.
After the initial release, you can expect to see an assortment of other packs released, based on November’s new Harry Potter-verse movie,Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; The Lego Batman Movie; The Goonies; Sonic the Hedgehog; Teen Titans Go!; Lego City Undercover; Knight Rider; Powerpuff Girls; Beetlejuice; Gremlins; and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Much like the first year of Dimensionsreleases, all of the packs released after Sept. 27 will arrive in waves, carrying through into the summer of 2017.
While all of the add-on packs do include physical Lego creations, using them in tandem with the video game does require the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack that was released in 2015. Since there’s no new Starter Pack or Toy Pad (the USB device that pairs physical Lego bricks with the game), last year’s model is compatible with everything, new and old.
Also coming with the new add-on packs are Battle Arenas, a competitive game mode for up to four players in splitscreen mode (no online play). Lego minifigures released on and after Sept. 27 all include special golden Toy Tags that unlock the franchise’s associated Arena.
If you’re looking for larger add-ons, the Ghostbusters(based on the July 15 movie) and Fantastic Beastspacks are it. They’ll feature new gateway bricks for the Toy Pad and a larger selection of story levels.
Lego Dimensionsfaces significantly less competition in 2016 with the end of Disney Infinity‘s run. Both, along with Activision’s Skylanders, fall into the “toys to life” genre, which melds video games with physical toys in the real world.
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