‘Lego Dimensions’ expands with playable ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Goonies,’ and more

Warner Bros. detailed a number of major expansions it has in store for its multi-platform action game Lego Dimensions, revealing that characters from films including Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and The Goonies will soon join its playable cast.

The publisher revealed that “30 of the world’s most popular entertainment brands” will team up with Lego Dimensions by the end of 2017, giving players access to dozens of new characters and themed levels.

Developer TT Games will also introduce new gameplay elements for Lego Dimensions in the coming months, including a four-player competitive Battle Arena mode and movie-specific Story Packs that will “provide deep, story-driven gameplay around the biggest theatrical releases and include a fresh Lego brick-building experience.”

Similar in approach to Activision’s Skylanders series and Disney’s recently retired Disney Infinity franchise, Lego Dimensions allows players to summon in-game characters by scanning plastic figures equipped with RFID tags. These characters can then be used throughout the game’s included story mode and all forthcoming expansions.

Warner Bros. will begin rolling out new Lego Dimensions content in September with the launch of a Ghostbusters Story Pack, which adds new characters and vehicles for use within “a complete movie-based gameplay experience with six puzzle-packed levels.”

A second Story Pack based on the upcoming animated film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will premiere later this year. 2016 will also see the launch of new Lego Dimensions levels and characters from the animated series Adventure Time and the Missions Impossible film franchise.

Other films and media franchises getting the Lego Dimensions treatment throughout the next year include The Goonies, Teen Titans, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Sega’s mascot Sonic the Hedgehog will also be available as a playable Lego Dimensions character in a forthcoming expansion.

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The Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack hits retail on September 27. Warner Bros. notes that additional characters, levels, and Story Packs “will be released in product waves stretching into the summer of next year.”

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