Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced that they'll be continuing their popular LEGO series of games at the beginning of Autumn / Fall, confirming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for a variety of platforms including Wii U and 3DS.
As the title suggests, this entry will go beyond Batman's comfort zone, and will actually take the Caped Crusader — along with a load of DC characters — into outer space. The storyline sounds suitably bonkers, which suits the franchise fine, details below.
In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.
Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favourite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also will allow players to explore iconic locations such as the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and the Justice League Watchtower. They will be able to access Batman’s training modules on the Bat Computer and take part in various challenges, battles and races.
An accompanying fact sheet promises more than 150 characters in the home console version, including members of the Justice League, with gadget hacking and space battles thrown in. The portable version, meanwhile, will include more than 105 characters and "45 missions spanning an original storyline", which suggests it may be a spin-off in the style of the Marvel title on 3DS.
No doubt we'll learn more in the coming weeks, and in the meantime below is a teaser trailer and some screens — likely from PS4 or Xbox One — for you to enjoy. Are you excited about this one?