Imagine a world—no, wait, a universe—where you could play a single video game as more than 150 different characters. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and LEGO will put your imagination to shame with the upcoming release of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
During a panel moderated by Greg Miller of IGN at New York Comic Con last week, Stephen Sharples and Arthur Parsons of TT Games gave fans a inside look at the new game, which will cross worlds, decades, multiple DC franchises, and more.
Geoff Johns, CCO of DC Comics; Troy Baker, voice of Batman; and Kevin Smith, voice of… uhm… himself, also joined the panel. “This is my Oscar, and I thank everyone for it,” Smith said, when asked what it was like to join the cast of the game. In addition to the iconic DC characters you would expect to see, including Robin, Wonder Woman, the Joker, and Batman himself, there are a few more unique characters, such as Smith, Detective Chimp, Mad Hatter, Deadshot, Kalibak, and Polka Dot Man.
“This game is all about fun and celebration,” said Johns—and he’s not kidding. Kids are sure to have lots of laughs while playing the latest game in the LEGO Batman series, which features hilarious outbursts from the Joker and some awesomely creative crime-fighting locations. According to Baker, no improvisation was necessary when lending his voice to the Dark Knight, thanks to a script that just wouldn’t quit. “The scripts were just so great, and the story is just so good. We really just had to read this stuff, it was that good,” he says.
“This is all about characters and personality. It’s about making sure it’s an interactive world, and it’s about characterization,” explains Parsons.
The team behind the enthralling new game unveiled a host of never-before-seen characters during the panel, including Darkest Knight, Solar Suit Superman, Man Bat, Condiment King, Green Loontern, and… wait for it… wait for it… CONAN O’BRIEN, who, according to Parsons, is the guy who “sort of helps you know what’s where.”
In addition to the characters, the settings are simply stellar, spanning the entire DC universe and Batman through the ages. Kids can work to build up the 1966 Batmobile with Adam West in the Batcave, voiced by the original Batman himself. They can play as Green Arrow, voiced by Stephen Amell (who also graced the Comic Con panel with his face… I mean, uhh… insight on the game), and explore the Lantern worlds. The possibilities are endless, but eventually, Batman will also make his way home to Gotham.
In addition to all of these characters, costume changes, awesome settings, and more, the game will also have six DLC packs, each with even more characters, adventures, vehicles, and achievements for kids to explore.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (understatement) releases in North America on November 11.
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