Vaguely GTA-ish open world game with the possibility of custom Lego content? I'm in. I feel I should post some image involving a certain sponge opening his wallet, a red haired man insisting he part with his money, or some combination of the two.
Traveller's Tales is developing this. apparently it's been in development for quite a while -- as far back as 2009.
The game was first mentioned in The Brick 2009, where it was said "LEGO City Stories will have a more loose central story that will encourage the player to explore a wider variety of side stories and challenges." The game is now advertised at the back of LEGO set instructions from 2011 City sets. The advertisement takes up two pages. On the first, it shows a code, from which arrows fan out, pointing at a DS with the game, a computer monitor with the LEGO website, and a computer monitor with the comic builder on the site. The second page advertises the game itself, with an in-game snapshot. The game is scheduled to be released in the third quarter of 2011. It will be created by Traveler's Tales. The Game was officially confirmed to be in production on June 7th, at E3 2011 and will be available for Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.
Yeah. It was just surprising because you think that with the first exclusive title Nintendo announced was going to be a big hardcore title. I don't think anyone saw Lego coming. When they showed Lego City Stories, I just thought "ummm, ok."
BUT, later on it sank in that Nintendo will be getting a Traveller's Tale-developed, exclusive Lego title -- the first one ever too. These are the guys behind all the big and successful Lego games -- all the way back to Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. It's cool because it shows Nintendo is indeed putting in effort to secure 3rd party exclusives for their new console -- and this is from a big selling series. add to the fact that this game has been in development for awhile already, this could be the a solid launch title.
With that said, the only Lego game I've played is Lego Batman for Wii and though I played it co-op, I didn't find it particularly great. =/
I hope Nintendo gives Traveller's Tales some real guidance. I haven't played a Lego game in a while but I remember them being fun in terms of style and humor, but really loose in terms of controls, collision detection, and general feel. Those are things that Nintendo obviously excels at, so if they can really push the devs this could be a really fun game.
Not sure if you mean more than in Lego Wars, since its levels based on each of those Lego styles. That's another Lego game I'd like to see done again. It was a reasonably fun RTS but the DS held it back too much.