Released on Wii U, as well as various other platforms, the game has seen an enormous variety of licensed figures from franchises such as The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, and Harry Potter, enabling players to not only collect and build miniature versions of their favourite fictional heroes but also see them come to life on the big screen. It launched back in October 2015 and, originally, was intended to be supported for at least three years; it would seem that a mixture of high production costs and disappointing sales means that this will no longer be the case, however.
Eurogamer's report highlights how the start of LEGO Dimensions' second year didn't go nearly as well as planned; sales didn't meet expectations, and the studio behind the game was under more pressure than before. Ambitions for the project were high - a huge amount of content had been teased and promised to the public - and this ultimately left individual packs being released with a number of bugs and glitches that left fans of the game (understandably) annoyed. Initial hopes of a huge success were slowly starting to deteriorate at every turn.
It wasn't just LEGO Dimensions that was suffering in this period, as other major toys-to-life games were experiencing similar issues; Disney Infinity was closed down entirely and Skylanders was slowly being surrounded by rumours of closure too. Despite all of this, though, the aspirations of LEGO Dimensions remained high for a period - at one stage a camera capable of scanning any small LEGO builds was in development, in theory allowing a player to build anything of a certain size and see it reproduced on the TV. Although the idea sounded promising, this product never entered the production stage.
The game still has some adoring fans, with avid collectors constantly making sure they have every last figure safely in their collection. It is a huge shame, then, that the franchise doesn't seem able to realise its initial dreams. To make things absolutely clear - no official statement has been made about the franchise ending as of yet. A recent email sent from a TT Games' manager to the studio's entire workforce seems to confirm the news, however, with an emphasis on gratitude for "making Dimensions possible".
We'll keep an eye out for any further news on the matter but, until then, why not let us know your thoughts? Will you miss the release of new packs in 2018 if support is dropped? What do you think about the future of the toys-to-life market? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.