Fact: everyone loves LEGO. This writer’s fondness of the little coloured bricks didn’t even wane after a practical joke played on him by his brother, involving a small piece of LEGO hidden in a bowl of Ready Brek nearly ended in him choking to death at breakfast. With the success of Star Wars in the bag and Indiana Jones getting a makeover as we speak, Batman is the latest star to receive the specialised adaptation - a realisation that Warner Bros. Interactive and Traveller’s Tales just can’t wait to share with gamers if their latest words are anything to go by.
LEGO Batman: The Videogame will bring the world of the DC comics’ character to life, allowing fans of the Caped Crusader and his trusty sidekick Robin, to explore a richly interactive world. Warner explains that players will even be afforded the opportunity to take control of some of the franchise’s most recognisable baddies - as well as capturing them of course.
The story begins with Batman’s greatest adversaries escaping from the Arkham Asylum and creating all kinds of trouble around Gotham City. With the help of the Bat Car and other vehicles, as well as gadgets from his utility belt, the title’s single or two-player co-operative modes will see players tracking down and bringing the likes of The Joker and The Penguin to justice, and returning peace to Gotham City.
â€śBatman spans several generations as one of the most popular DC Super Heroes, and LEGO Batman will appeal to several generations of gamers who grew up idolizing the Dark Knight and playing with LEGO toys,â€ť said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. â€śWorking with TT Games, we are confident they will continue their LEGO gamesâ€™ success with this title, and we will expand our publishing endeavours with the introduction of the LEGO Batman franchise.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re sure our fans will be excited to know that we have the same fantastic team at Travellerâ€™s Tales responsible for LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Star Wars II working on LEGO BATMAN,â€ť said Tom Stone, Director of TT Games Publishing.
LEGO Batman: The Videogame will be released on the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PC at an as yet unconfirmed date in the Autumn of 2008. Check out the game’s first teaser trailer above.
Who’s looking forward?