In hopes to one-up their rival, DC has decided to revisit their Batman franchise for a third game. Titled LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the game finds Batman along with the other members of the Justice League out in space to thwart the evil plans of Brainiac who is the main villain of this game. The trailer shows us Batman in a new space suit along with a new character never before seen in LEGO form, Cyborg. Wonder Woman is also in a new suit, and Green Lantern is there just to tease us. There are reportedly over 150 playable characters to be used/unlocked in the game with Batman and his various suits making up 127 out of the 150 characters. And I’m totally kidding about the Batman bit, but there will indeed be more than 150 DC Universe characters in the game.
Escapist magazine was on hand at a special pre-E3 reveal and gives us their first impression. One of the more interesting bits of information from that article is that the Justice League and Legion of Doom team up to go up against Brainiac, who is the main villain of the game for this chapter. Kotaku UK also put up an article describing their first impression with the game.
There are some stills out today as well, shown below, giving us a sneak peek at some of the other characters and new suits. The game is slated for this fall and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and PC. No word yet on the pre-order bonus figure to go with the game, but I secretly hope it’s the washing machine version of Cyborg.
Official press release:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning Fall 2014 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, the Wii U system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, as well as for Windows PC.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the next instalment to the blockbuster LEGO Batman: The Videogame and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes videogames. To-date, LEGO videogame sales have reached more than 100 million units worldwide.
“Building on the incredibly successful LEGO Batman franchise, we are working to make LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham the ultimate super hero videogame this year for all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “The TT Games team is bringing LEGO Batman and an astounding amount of characters from the DC Comics universe to the next frontier with a new epic story, more gadgets and unexpected challenges.”
In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.
Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favorite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also will allow players to explore iconic locations such as the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and the Justice League Watchtower. They will be able to access Batman’s training modules on the Bat Computer and take part in various challenges, battles and races.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is being developed by TT Games and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.