LEGO Dimensions is pretty awesome. It unites fourteen popular film, TV and video game franchises in a multiverse where dimensional portals are causing various realities to mix and bleed into one another.
But with so many franchises on board this humongous game, fans can't help wondering if Dimensions might spell the end of other LEGO video games. It's only because of the popularity and longevity of those standalone games — like LEGO Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, Lord of the Rings and many more — that LEGO Dimensions even exists. LEGO Jurassic World arrived earlier this year, ahead of Dimensions, while next year's LEGO Marvel's Avengers was already on the calendar before Dimensions hit store shelves.
So what about beyond that? Will TT Games continue to make LEGO games outside of Dimensions?
In an interview with Polygon, TT Games' Arthur Parsons says that the development of standalone LEGO games will not be affected by LEGO Dimensions. He confirms that more games are coming, and that the next one gets a tease during the closing credits of the Avengers game, which is due in January. (It's become a tradition of late for LEGO games to tease the next big release during the credits of the current one.)
That doesn't mean that standalone games won't be affected in any way by Dimensions, though. Parsons told Polygon that some of the new tricks that Dimensions brings to the table are being implemented in LEGO Marvel's Avengers. The main storyline of that game has you play through the events from the first two Avengers movies, but players also have at least five open hub worlds to explore and play in, much like the "Adventure Worlds" from LEGO Dimensions.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers has sandbox worlds based on recent Marvel movies like Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and even the TV show Agent Carter. Parsons said there's also content included based on the comics, and not just the movies. He cited the Defenders and Jessica Jones as comic book characters that will show up in the game.
So what other standalone games might TT's developers be working on? There could always be full-length games in the cooker based on some of the same franchises as those in Dimensions, such as The Simpsons, Back to the Future and Doctor Who. And they'd be crazy not to make one based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or maybe even Star Wars Rebels. We'll have to wait and see what else they come up with.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers is due January 26, 2016.