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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
lego harry potter: oh no! voldemort's a pile of bricks! anyways it would make a great game, hp that is.
Since Warner Brothers already has the movie rights, it would be great if Traveller Tales did a Lego: Harry Potter game.
Anyone here remember what happened to Atari after Warner Communications got them? Not the same, I know, but just something to think about.
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?
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!?!
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?
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.
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