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LEGO® Ninjago: Nindroids – Hello from Vancouver!

Chris Rose

We are so excited to finally have announced LEGO® Ninjago™: Nindroids™! It’s great that I can finally talk to you all about the game – we have so much to share. I’m reporting here from Hellbent Games in their Vancouver office, where I’m currently helping them out with their second LEGO Ninjago title. The time zone difference has hit me like a brick wall today, so if I happen to stop abruptly, it’s probably because I’ve passed out on my laptop.

I was fortunate to be around as a Tester during the development of the first title, and I could see just how much fun the assigned testing team was having, so I’m really happy that I’ve managed to sneak my way into this one.

I’ve also seen just how much Hellbent loves the series. You can hear the animators and the artists laughing from the next room as they watch the latest episode, whilst our gameplay programmers and level designers click furiously at their mice and keyboards. Over my shoulder I can see the Nindroid MechDragon standing proudly on the desk of the designer responsible for bringing it to life.

 

He won’t let me take it home though, so I’m not talking to him right now. The passion from the team really shows in the game, and just watching them from a distance as they tweak a couple of numbers for the AI, then re-launch the level, then sit there smiling and nodding once they feel they have that sweet spot is pretty great.

LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids showcases the well-known characters of Ninjago, as well as their special abilities, including the ever satisfying Spinjitsu. Seriously, when you burst into Spinjitsu and just plough through a room of those pesky Nindroids, you find yourself looking for more of them just to make sure you get your fill. Don’t worry though, plenty of Nindroids and other Mechs to find!

We’ve also made sure that we capture another very important aspect of what makes LEGO Ninjago so unique, and that’s the vehicles. Anyone who has watched the TV Series will know that vehicles, dragons and Mechs make up a large part of this world, and we want to make sure that we gave that a fair representation. That’s why we’ve made sure to include all of the major vehicle sequences from the latest series, including Lloyd being chased by the MechDragon, flying Zane’s NinjaCopter, smashing through Security Mech’s using Cole’s Earth Mech, dogfighting with the KaiFighter and bombing along in Jay’s Thunder Raider.

I sadly can’t go on much further, purely because I don’t want to spoil anything for both the gamers and those who watch the show, but I’ll check in again once we’re near to release to give you a little bit more on what to expect when you load up LEGO® Ninjago: Nindroids on your 3DS or Vita.
Ok, I’m off to get some more Canadian coffee and have a go at the Boss fight that has just been thrust in front of me. I’ll give you a clue who it is. He is the GENERAL of the Nindroids…

Jimmy McLoughlin

LEGO® The Hobbit - News from Middle-earth

Jimmy McLoughlin

LEGO® Video Games. LEGO The Hobbit blogpost

Hi Guys, so there haven’t been many updates of late from Middle-earth, and I just thought I would check in. We are just about finished with the LEGO® Hobbit game, getting all of the extra cool features in and making sure we are feature-complete in time to polish everything up. There have been some massive improvements in the Middle-earth HUB since my last update with more brand new areas added and some great advances in navigation throughout.

LEGO® Video Games. LEGO The Hobbit blogpost

We have made the HUB much bigger with the addition of HUB interiors where the player can now actually go inside Hobbit houses, find secret tombs, cellars and even navigate through long lost Elven and Dwarven ruins.  It’s all coming together very nicely indeed.  We have also been quite busy getting all of our hidden treasure items implemented. There is a whole new set of bizarre and wonderful items to hunt down in the levels surrounding the game. The items can be used to enhance abilities and are the key to unlocking new quests in our new quest chain system.

The addition of “loot” in The Hobbit will also mean that you can craft new items in the Blacksmith by mining hidden LEGO Ore found around Middle-earth and in story events. Orcs, Goblins and Wargs also carry loot items that can drop when they are defeated and can be used later in the Blacksmith forge to make a brand new Mithril Weapon. Get good at forging and you may even be able to forge “perfect” items that glimmer and shine to show their true craftsmanship.

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Louise Andrew

The LEGO® Movie Videogame! Everything is LEGO!

Louise Andrew

Hi there! Sorry I have not been on this site for a while, we have been really busy making our new game - The LEGO® Movie Videogame!

http://videogames.lego.com/en-us/lego-movie/about/videos

We have all been working really hard on it and we are now almost finished!
It's been so exciting!  We've been working alongside Animal Logic, the team in Australia making the movie and so have been able to see how it has progressed each month and how the story is getting more and more refined - it is really funny! You are going to love it!
Our game is set in all the same worlds that are seen in the movie, so that you can play out all the key action moments for yourself.

The big thing about this game is that for the first time we have made the whole of the game world out of LEGO! All the roads, buildings, trees, water, fire, mountains, etc. as well as all the vehicles, props, characters, animals etc. that we usually have - Everything is LEGO!

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

Unfortunately we couldn't make everything breakable, as this would have made it really difficult to set up puzzles and for you to follow the story, but rest assured,  there is plenty of smashable LEGO all over the game!! :0)

All the backgrounds are built using virtual LEGO pieces, so that if you guys wanted to copy them and build the levels yourself, you could do it. However, in videogames we have to optimise it afterwards, which means taking out all the bits you can't see. All the backs and undersides of each brick that you will never see get removed so that the game world is not too big from a memory point of view. If we kept all the LEGO pieces whole then the game would run really slowly and wouldn't be fast and fun to play!

If you look at these images below it might explain what I mean.
This wall here on the left is made up of LEGO bricks.

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

If we move the camera around to the left so that we get closer to the wall,

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

and then keep moving the camera we end up seeing behind the wall ... 

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

You can see that there is nothing behind it. All the unnecessary sides to the LEGO bricks have been removed.

The other really exciting thing about making the whole game out of LEGO has been making the particle effects LEGO too.  Particle effects are things like explosions, water splashes, fire, smoke, lava, etc. 
In normal LEGO games they look realistic  

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

 

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

But in LEGO Movie Videogame they are all made of LEGO bricks! Here are some examples, but you kind of need to see them moving to really see how great they are!

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

The animation style has also changed for this game. We usually bend the arms and legs a bit in our other games, but with us trying to keep as true to real world LEGO as possible on this game, the minifigures in The LEGO® Movie Videogame move in a more realistic LEGO way - it is more rigid and less bendy than in previous games.

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

We have been able to include lots of characters from other LEGO games too which has been great!
We have Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder woman, as well as Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and some fun characters like Shakespeare and Lady Liberty!

We have two new game mechanics in The LEGO® Movie Videogame called Master Build and Instruction Build

When you play as one of the master builders you will be able to choose items from around the scene and use the pieces to create a totally new object. For example in one scene you select a window cleaning access platform, a lamp post and  an air conditioning unit and from these you can create the front half of the superbike :0)

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

 

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

With Instruction builds you collect instruction pages from around the level and use them to build a new object by putting the correct pieces on the model following the instructions.

LEGO Video Games. The LEGO® Movie Videogame

It is going to be on 8 different platforms (XBox One, XBox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, WiiU and PC ) so pretty much anyone and everyone can play it! :0)

I hope you love the game as much as we do and you never know I may bump into you in February at your local cinema watching The LEGO Movie! :0)  

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