Warner Bros. telling Traveller's Tales

Cash-flush game arm of multimedia conglomerate acquires British developer of Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, and Bionicle Heroes.

Last month, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was openly on a shopping spree. "We're madly looking for development partners [and] we're looking at acquisitions," WBIE senior vice president Samantha Ryan eagerly told GameSpot. Her enthusiasm was well founded--and well funded, given that the emerging publisher had just landed $500 million in funding from a Abu Dhabi-based financial group.

"Holy high-powered buyout, Batman!"

Today, WBIE revealed its first acquisition since its half-billion-dollar windfall. The interactive arm of Time Warner is now the proud owner of Traveller's Tales, the British developer of the Bioncle series and the wildly popular Lego Star Wars series. Not so coincidentally, the studio is currently developing Lego Batman: The Game for WBIE, which was apparently so impressed with the results, it bought the company.

The joint announcement from WBIE and Traveller's Tales did not contain any financial details of the transaction. It also did not mention whether or not the staff of Traveller's Tales or its publishing arm, TT Games, would be affected by the buyout. However, the announcement did say Traveller's Tales would continue to maintain its relationships with previous partners, such as LucasArts and Lego.

Traveller's Tales is the second studio WBIE has bought since its foundation in January 2004. It picked up the first, Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R., The Matrix Online, Project Origin, Condemned), eight months later.

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Terdog
Terdog

Great Idea! Lego TMNT. I would buy it.

Blakjak394
Blakjak394

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brok
brok

why can't they just make a game based on LEGO lego? Lego was always heaps better before it started franchising. Lego City or pirates would be the bomb

greater_bird
greater_bird

I don't think they can afford to dilute this too much - Star Wars, Batman and Indiana Jones are all different enough and iconic enough to make great Lego games, but if they start using this style to create games for every license around, it'll get old fast.

CowMan07
CowMan07

i want lego spiderman, that would kick arseeeeeee

electrivire466
electrivire466

i think they should also put on LEGO TMNT(teenage mutant ninja turtles) that would be cool and has eny one here got LEGO starwars the complete saga i would like aquote on weather it is worth getting

Narroo
Narroo

Brave Fencer Musashi???

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

They have made Lego Star Wars, and that rocks, Lego Batman which will be twice as good, and are making lego Indiana Jones. Good line up. The one thing they should do is Lego X-Men, or Lego Spider-Man.

Devvy01
Devvy01

how about a lego star trek game?

DynamoFan
DynamoFan

lego harry potter: oh no! voldemort's a pile of bricks! anyways it would make a great game, hp that is.

landcrow
landcrow

I agree with DragonMage2k4, it would be great if they done a Lego Harry Potter game

DragonMage2k4
DragonMage2k4

Since Warner Brothers already has the movie rights, it would be great if Traveller Tales did a Lego: Harry Potter game.

ThaSod
ThaSod

Lego nazis probably have a monocle and a scar.

redlar
redlar

Anyone here remember what happened to Atari after Warner Communications got them? Not the same, I know, but just something to think about.

Vulpis
Vulpis

You know, I read this article and have to ask myself--where's the listing of all the *other* games Traveller's Tales has worked on besides the Lego-based properties?

LordSpleach
LordSpleach

I saw pictures for Lego Indiana Jones and one very important question came to mind. How in the hell are they going to do Lego Nazis!?!

Rmadilo
Rmadilo

"I liked their spatulas so much, I bought the company!"

darthzew
darthzew

Sweet. Maybe Warner could finally make that Lego: The Matrix and Lego 300 I've been wanting...

xburlingtonw
xburlingtonw

AWESOME! LOVED Lego:SW//// i hope this one sells good. so they can make a Lego:JLA

thatguy0130
thatguy0130

Well the Lego Star Wars was successful, I think it was a like it or hate it kind of deal, so in that regard the success of this upcoming game is going to be restricted to the audience that already established. But hey who doesn't love slicing stormtrooper's arms off with a lightsaber? I suppose this time you will slice off arms with the "baterang" or something?

wiifan001
wiifan001

I think Lego Batman would really kiddy down the Batman in to what he really is.

Oddjin
Oddjin

I liked the Lego Star Wars games (as rentals, I dunno about buying em) and I love almost anything Batman (the darker the mood the better). This should be a fun little game over the course of a rainy weekend.

fattyxboxbutt
fattyxboxbutt

What are you talking about? What part of bought the developer equates to bailing out?

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

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