Warner Bros. has signed a licensing agreement with Lego to produce “Lego Batman: The Video Game.” Warner will release the game on multiple gaming consoles at some point in 2008.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of the very successful “Lego Star Wars” video game and its sequel.
“Lego Batman: The Video Game” will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT games. TT Games is the combination of Giant Interactive and Traveller’s Tales, which has enjoyed a high level of success with “Lego Star Wars” and “Lego Star Wars II.” TT Games will attempt to recreate that success with the Batman franchise.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s role is to fully finance and publish the production of the game. Warner Bros. will also handle the North American distribution of the new Lego game and will keep as much of the process as possible in-house.
The “Lego Batman” video game will follow the same template as the “Lego Star Wars” games. Those games feature a family oriented theme with character and settings from the Star Wars universe. Of course, the universe is recreated with the toy bricks known as Legos.
“Working with TT Games, we are confident they will continue their LEGO games’ success with this title, and we will expand our publishing endeavors with the introduction of the LEGO BATMAN franchise,” said Samantha Ryan, the Senior Vice President of Development and Production of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in a press release.
The press release also states that “Lego Batman’s” storyline will follow Batman as his greatest foes escape the Arkham Asylum and create destruction and mayhem in Gotham City. Players will have to track the villains, which include the Joker and the Penguin. Players will track the villains by using Batman’s gadgets and vehicles.
“We’re sure our fans will be excited to know that we have the same fantastic team at Traveller’s Tales responsible for LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Star Wars II working on LEGO BATMAN,” said Tom Stone, Director of TT Games Publishing.
Lego Batman will be a one or two player game that encourages cooperative game play.
Lego, while still seeing success with it’s stackable blocks, has seen a major resurgence in large part due to their emergence in the video game world. In addition to their success with the “Lego Star Wars” games, they also have a Lego themed MMO in the works.