Despite a three year plan for development, the toys to life game Lego Dimensions will be ending soon thanks to numerous financial issues developer TT Games faced throughout its yearly cycles.
That’s according to a report by Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips, which says that poor sales cut into profits. While first season packs for Doctor Who and Scooby Doo sold out quickly, other packs like Ninjago and The Lego Movie, as well as some DC properties did not. The latter packs offered little in-game incentive to justify purchases.
As Eurogamer puts it, specific Lego pieces are not only expensive to make but some cannot be used across other packs. When the first season was discontinued and packs were discounted, the small profit margin was removed, ensuring the company made no money back on them.
TT Games tried to course correct through diversification, with a wider range of franchises featuring a smaller number of sets. But the second season’s sales didn’t match expectations. Worse still, is the workload that TT Games faced.
"More than 60 packs launched for Dimensions across the game's two years of life, spread across 10 waves. TT Games had to submit content for approval to Microsoft for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Sony for PlayStation 3 and PS4, and Nintendo for the Wii U on a never-ending basis, as each pack released and underwent furious bug-testing.”
Publicly, Dimensions has not received an official cancellation announcement from publisher Warner Bros. Phillips writes, “There are no plans I have heard of to formally announce the end of Dimensions, especially as the franchise nears its last Christmas sales season." However, Phillips cites employees close to the matter as his source.
Hours later, a studio-wide email sent to TT Games staff from studio head David Dootson was leaked. “Thanks so much to everyone for making Dimensions possible,” reads the e-mail. "As difficult as it has been, it is worth celebrating the incredible achievement it represents in the quality of the game, the amazing blend of IPs and the challenging technical demands it presented. It stands as a real testament to the talent within TT."
This isn't the first toys-to-life to receive an unceremonious plug. Last year, Disney shut down its Disney Interactive Studios and terminated development on Disney Infinity, a similar toys-to-life line by Avalanche Software. This sad news leaves Nintendo’s amiibo as the only major toys-to-life product still standing.