LEGO Dimensions PS4

As has been rumoured for a little while now, Warner Bros is building its way into the potentially lucrative toys-to-life business. Hot on the heels of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo's own Amiibo, the media giant will bring together Batman, Lord of the Rings, and many more in LEGO Dimensions on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The game's due out from 27th September in North America, which is a Sunday by the way. It'll drop in Europe on 29th September.

Much like other games in this genre, a Starter Pack will be available at launch, featuring a LEGO Toy Pad, which will act much like Skylanders' Portal of Power. The only difference is that you'll, er, need to assemble it first. You'll also get three minifigures – Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle – as well as a Batmobile vehicle. Future packs will span Back to the Future, Ninjago, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Kiss goodbye to your spare cash.

The publisher said: "A small sample of packs available in 2015 include the Back to the Future Level Pack with a LEGO Marty McFly minifigure, a LEGO Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures, three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya, and Zane minifigures, two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures, three Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with LEGO Gollum, LEGO Gimli, and LEGO Legolas minifigures, four The LEGO Movie Fun packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny, and Unikitty characters, and a The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a LEGO Wicked Witch of the West minifigure.

"Additional packs to round out the 2015 assortment will be announced in the months leading to launch. Further waves of expansion packs will be released regularly following the launch of the game and into 2016. Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the Starter Pack, even in the fall of next year. No compatibility chart necessary." Shots fired.

The announcement trailer is admittedly adorable, but it's unclear how the game will actually play; we assume that it'll follow the blueprint already established by Traveller's Tales. This all makes sense, of course, and will probably be a big hit – but we're starting to wonder how many of these costly sets the market can actually support. After all, very few can afford to collect multiple packs of figurines, can they?

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