LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed announced

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While we were in Billund, Gameloft's first LEGO game was unveiled and we had an opportunity to watch a demonstration and speak to those involved in both producing the software and selecting the minifigures that will be available in the game initially. We'll publish more information about that later but for now, here's the press release:

40 years of LEGO minifigure history at your fingertips: the first bricks of the upcoming new LEGO mobile game are out of the box

Paris, May 23rd, 2019 – Gameloft, one of the world’s leading publishers of mobile games, and the LEGO Group today revealed the title of their upcoming game: LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed. This Team-Battle RPG, the first ever LEGO game of this genre, will bring to life 40 years of LEGO minifigure history and universes in a fun and epic way.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set in a whole new LEGO world where players will collect classic and modern LEGO minifigures and sets, form a party and engage in epic and fun team battles and adventures. The game will feature iconic, fan favorite universes from yesterday and today, recreated with incredible detail to please players of all ages, from the passionate collectors to those who want to bring back childhood memories.

A first glimpse of how the signature humor of the LEGO brand has been built into the game can be found in the teaser trailer, also revealed today. The beloved Captain Redbeard from Set 6270 (1989) emerges from his dusty box in the attic and sets sail for adventure after all these years… he may not be ready yet! Indeed, LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set to be released this Fall, but until then Gameloft Toronto will be adding content and completing features.

The studio has been working closely with the LEGO Group for several years, including visits to the LEGO Vault in Billund, Denmark where all the sets and minifigures ever created are archived. The team has been studying vintage instruction manuals and focusing all its skills to perfectly recreate every tiny detail that makes the LEGO experience so enjoyable and memorable. LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed will be faithful to the fun and creativity that make the LEGO brand one of the most beloved brands on Earth.

“LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is built to bring the enjoyment and fun that you once had, or still have, with LEGO toys,” stated Baudouin Corman, Chief Operating Officer at Gameloft. “We are excited to see these authentic and original LEGO characters from all eras come to life. We have been putting all our efforts, art and craft into this game as we want to delight all LEGO fans, whether their minifigures are tucked away in the attic or proudly shown in the living room.”

Sean McEvoy, Vice President of LEGO Games at the LEGO Group said: “LEGO Games have reached millions of LEGO fans of all ages for over 20 years, extending and amplifying the LEGO play universe. Enabling our fans to play epic battles with minifigures from our history is a great play promise we are delighted to offer. Gameloft has done fabulous work, maintaining every character’s unique personality and reflecting all the fun, creativity and humor of the LEGO brand in a mobile game.”

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set to be released in Fall 2019 and will be regularly showcased to fans until then, beginning at Brickworld Chicago on June, 15th and 16th. Be sure to visit www.LEGOLEGACY.com to get the latest news on the game

34 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

I wonder how long this one will last considering the track record of the last few online games.

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By in United Kingdom,

Playing as a digital minifigure sounds cool but I think it would be cooler to get some more classic minifigures back in modern sets (like 70841 Benny's Space Squad).

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By in Serbia,

Hopefully we’ll see some Legacy sets?

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By in United Kingdom,

So its a 'Team-Battle RPG'? I'm guessing since its a mobile game, that'll mean microtransactions or a lot of grinding to unlock certain minifigures.

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By in Israel,

Johnny Thunder demands justice.

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By in Germany,

Let there be play sets too, I want to complete the classic astronauts with the other colors.

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By in United Kingdom,

I do like the fact that this is covering all minifigures, not just CMFs.

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By in Denmark,

The tricky thing with Lego mobile games is targetting the right audience. Too complicated and they do not appeal to their young core audience. Too childish and the do not appeal to the audience that cash out big sums on mobile games.

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By in Poland,

Cool and all but... WHERE IS MY SURVIVOR MODE for Lego Worlds?

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By in United Kingdom,

Won't bother. Gameloft makes their games virtually impossible to just grind through. It'll just throw in-app purchases in your face from minute one.

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By in Canada,

And here i was expecting a new theme before i started to read. Downer!

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By in United States,

The only LEGO game on the market right now that I’m even remotely interested in is LEGO Worlds and I’m not even sure if it’s readily available anymore. This has no appeal to me.

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By in United States,

LEGO Worlds I think is still available on Steam. I bought it when it was still in development, and still play it from time to time. Unfortunately, the whole free-play element in it deteriorated as development moved on.

It looks like a good game, but as with most, it's gonna be a freemium farce, that isn't even playable without a lot of in-app purchases. That's why I don't play mobile games that much, and what few I do I made sure were setup in a way to where ads and in-app purchases of game-specific virtual currency were not a necessity; and in many cases, that cost money. The LEGO Tiny Tower seems a bit more interesting.

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By in United States,

Happy I’m going to BrickWorld. Get to be one of the first to see it demonstrated, how exciting. Hope the Ninjago ninjas I see in the bottom right corner aren’t the only non-basic theme figures we’ll get. I’d love to see some of the old Power Miners or Space Police minifigures, especially the alien criminals.

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By in United States,

@TekkamanRaiden

It will be for mobile so I think it will least at least longer than the PC MMOs.

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By in United States,

I hope we get some sets from this. Looks like something for everyone in there and lots of stuff I'd like. But especially the red Benny--Denny?

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By in United States,

Looks like CMF Heroes Unleashed to me. I will laugh if they rerelease S1 figs.

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By in Canada,

By Gameloft's track record, it'll probably be pay to win trash.

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By in United States,

@Galeforce99
Let's hope LEGO has a lot of control over the project and severely impedes the pay to win mechanics.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was interested until I saw it was some sort of online game. Lego Universe, anyone?

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By in United States,

Remember what happened to LEGO Minifigures online...

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By in United States,

Well, I see Classic Space represented, so they certainly have my attention--oh wow, and I just caught that's none other than the Galaxy Explorer itself in the promo image!

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By in Australia,

Might be cool, though I expect some in-app purchases.

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By in Canada,

Forbidden Island is still my favorite non-Technic set, happy to see it live on here.

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By in United States,

Kinda getting Lego Battles vibes, that was an amazing game. Have a feeling this will be a disappointment from the pay to win mobile.

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By in Netherlands,

Now if this becomes popular, maybe they can bring some actual LEGACY (Pirate/Castle/Space/Town) sets back again (they did sort-of with Ninjago this year)

I see a lot of nostalgic figures from before 2000.

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By in United States,

I expect that it'll take some serious in-app purchases to make any ground in a game like this seeing how many greedy online/mobile gaming companies love easy cash crop games like these. Sure it took years of development to create and that just means investors expect a return from that.

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By in United States,

LEGO/TT Games: Make LEGO Avengers/JLA and all my money are belong to you.

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By in Hungary,

LEGO please don't feed these gaming troll companies like Gameloft and EA...
You are trying to convert kids to addict zombies with your brand?
I would suggest to put PEGI18 rating to all those games which enable payments after the game purchase.

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By in United States,

@mdesign: I'm with a lot of the people who are apprehensive about this given Gameloft's reputation for exploitative monetizing schemes, but I can't say I disagree with in-app purchases on principle. I mean, game developers have to make money somehow, and in this day and age free apps are so ubiquitous that a lot of mobile device users have a very low threshold for how much they're willing to pay to download an app in the first place.

With that in mind, I think in-app purchases that permanently unlock new content (story chapters, game modes, characters/"skins"/costumes, etc) tend to be perfectly fine. For example, the LEGO Ninjago Ride Ninja app, is free to download and play, but offers a $1 expansion pack that permanently unlocks three alternate vehicles.

The LEGO Friends Heartlake Rush app is likewise free to download and play, but has featured a few in-app purchases that permanently unlock new characters or a "stud doubler" upgrade. In either case, by the time you've played the game enough to enjoy all the stuff there is to do for free, you've probably already enjoyed the app long enough to be worth the cost of these low-priced expansions. And because they're one-time purchases, they do not fuel addictive behaviors.

Where things move into exploitative territory is when real money is charged for things like randomized loot boxes (which prey on and encourage gambling tendencies), consumable items that players are expected to need again and again over the course of the game, items that will give players an unfair advantage in a competitive multiplayer game, or "premium" in-game currency that lets you skip through parts of the game that are otherwise engineered to be annoying and tedious. That's the kind of stuff that I hope this game will avoid.

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By in Singapore,

No Rock Raiders minifigs I could see in that first image, but oh my god it's Princess Storm!!!

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By in United States,

Is that an Insectoid in the top left? Count me in!

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