Lego Battles skirmish onto DS

Traveller's Tales readying build-and-battle handheld game based on castle, pirates, and space themes for a summer release.

Legos may be at the heart of Traveller's Tales' recent run of humorous Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Batman parody games, but the construction toy's fundamental use--that is, building--has been noticeably lacking. However, with Traveller's Tales next installment in its Lego series, the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment-owned studio will be tackling the building bit head on.

Today, WBIE announced that Lego Battles will arrive for the Nintendo DS this summer. An original game, Lego Battles gives gamers the chance to construct bases and armies out of the venerable multicolored building blocks and then do battle in more than 70 different levels. As with Traveller's Tales' previous Lego efforts, humorous gameplay will be on prominent display in Lego Battles, with the game incorporating six different storylines. Lego Battles will also accommodate multiplayer modes by way of the DS's Wi-Fi capabilities.

The new game will be set wholly within the Lego universe, incorporating themes from the toy maker's castle-, pirates-, and space-themed lines. As such, players will have access to a variety of fantastical creations, including buccaneers, wizards, aliens, dragons, and ninjas. The setup will also bring to resolution such pressing questions as whether a pirate ship could down a flying saucer.

Traveller's Tales' Lego series has thus far proven to be a lucrative venture for the studio. As part of its earnings announcement today, megacorporation Time Warner called out Traveller's Tales' Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman games as bright spots in Warner Bros. Entertainment's otherwise lackluster fiscal 2008 year-end results. For the full year, WBE brought in $11.4 billion, a 2 percent year-over-year decline.

WBIE purchased Traveller's Tales in 2007 after receiving a $500 million investment by an Abu Dhabi-based financial group.

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paulovesatan
paulovesatan

its so cool that there's finally going to be a lego game where you can actually BUILD lego stuff.... i loved lego starwars and batman and indy, but im looking forward to this one even more! plus its for the DS, which means i will be getting even less done at work hahaha... goooo Lego!!!

athenian29
athenian29

This game makes my inner child squeal with joy. I absolutely must get this, assuming it doesn't royally flop. Here's hoping!

akiwak
akiwak

I remember being a kid and having legos moving around like the way they do now but only in my mind.... I have a 5 year old now and I use him as an excuse for getting these games. I am 30 years old and I still play with LEGOS!!!! -let the snickering begin-

Tyler_100
Tyler_100

This sounds like what the first past gen lego game should of been about. Finally, a war waging Lego Creator for DS! Sounds Great!

necronaux
necronaux

6 diff. story-lines, 70+ levels, sounds good. Oh, and a flying saucer could seriously kick a pirate ship's butt.

-starman-
-starman-

I used to wage war with my legos when I was a kid... pirates vs knights. the dragon would always swoop in and mess up the melee. they're jerks like that.

starduke
starduke

This game sounds great. Ninja's vs. Pirate's is overrated. How about Ninja's vs. Space Aliens? Or Pirate's vs. Knight's? I hope they let you do that in the game. That would be fun. That's what I always did when I played with my Legos when I was a kid. It'd be great to do it in a video game.

marajade312
marajade312

and to think, I was going to sell my DS. Not anymore!!

enix165
enix165

Ooh, sounds sorta like an RTS, but Lego! Looks like I might need to look for my DS again. XD

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

Sounds good - although I liked the Star Wars, Indy and Batman Lego games, I think that this new one could end up being the best one. I'll reserve judgment though..... heh

rasterror
rasterror

Sounds cool but I was hoping for a LEGO Marvel or Transformers.

Templar_Bladema
Templar_Bladema

My question is: Will this game finally answer the age long question of Pirate vs. Ninja. I recently had this arguement with my bro, so we decided to do a majority rule. I will not say who sided with whom or who won, but it was a long arguement.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

OMG THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!!! XD Please please please be secretly making an awesome version for PS3 and Xbox 360 and I'll be stoaked!

personmann
personmann

a game based on what I used to do as a kid: take a bunch of different sets and have them fight, total win

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

Sounds very promising... If it does payout I wouldn't mind seeing console version of this game...

losman01
losman01

Wow! Can't wait for some space battles. Unitron vs. Spyrius, or some M-Tron vs Blacktron... ( I maybe on a different track though )

payne6705
payne6705

you know this sounds promising

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Aww man! This is what ive always wanted for them to do, i still have a huge box of asorted legos somewhere in my basement! Its a shame its only one DS, i would have loved to have seen it on one of the consoles too. Port to PS360 now please!!!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Awesome... the more Lego games, the better. I wouldn't mind seeing another Lego Racers... or maybe an RPG? Like Lego Pirates-meets Sea Dogs, or Lego Castle-meets Oblivion, or Lego Space-meets Mass Effect... that's be sweeeeeet.

supermike6
supermike6

Did you not read the article? They said it will have wi-fi.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Can't remember if they said, but this will definitely be needing some local and WiFi multi to truly succeed.

Kowpow
Kowpow

Cool, enough will the non-Lego themed Lego games. Can't wait to try it out. If they were smart they would also release it on home consoles.

Timstuff
Timstuff

Agreed! This concept is too awesome to be restricted to a handheld!

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

Ok. Now i want Lego Battles for PS3 and 360. I need to know if a pirate ship can take down a flying saucer.

jumpy46
jumpy46

All of the Tt Lego games (except for LSWII for DS) have been very good. The online play is what I am looking forward to the most.

Megawizard
Megawizard

I will totally buy this as long as the customizing actually has a point and isn't just aesthetic.

balrogthane
balrogthane

I've been doing LEGO turn-based strategy ever since I had enough vehicles to shoot each other, but I always thought an RTS you built yourself would be wicked awesome. :D

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

Me like. Built exclusively for the DS this game could turn out nicely. Wouldn't mind a Wii version too though.

Dash_Jr3
Dash_Jr3

Yes! This will be the TWEWY of the Lego series.

BradHummr
BradHummr

That does sound interesting. Will be cool to see how people like it after it's release.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Sounds good. The Lego series needs something new.

Willy105
Willy105

Sounds innovative. It better be well built!

ivanfred
ivanfred

jrabbit99: Good news, but when will a PSP version be coming? ======================= Probably never. Major developers have given up on the PSP, which is a waste of a good portable console.

FelixTheGreat15
FelixTheGreat15

Love em or hate em you have to admit that the Lego games did have some humor. I think that this game will be fun, and kind of reminds me of a Lock's Quest type of a game.

OddBlocker
OddBlocker

Krimia, i laff at you. And i will NOT be the first to buy it cuz lego and MMORPG's are waaaaaaaaaaaaay to geeky for me lol

thk123
thk123

Is it just me, or does that sound really very cool?

mvlbr
mvlbr

Sounds interesting.