As has been case for the past few years, developer Traveller’s Tales is pulling double duty in 2014, releasing two LEGO games within a very short span. Their first game, The LEGO Movie Videogame has already hit a vast majority of platforms (read our review), and very soon LEGO The Hobbit will make its big debut.
In preparation for LEGO The Hobbit‘s release, TT Games and Warner Bros. have unveiled a new trailer that is equal parts informative and stylish, highlighting the merry band of travelers in a way befit of the great cinematic thief Danny Ocean. Check it out above via IGN.
As readers can see in the trailer, LEGO The Hobbit will utilize the strengths of its diverse cast of characters for different gameplay opportunities. Each character will seemingly add a new ability to the mix, and thereby assert themselves as a deserving member of the pack. Much like the feature films, every dwarf has his own special talent, and TT Games has apparently transformed that talent into an ability. Kili, for example, is the most handsome of the dwarves and can use his good looks to charm other characters.
Another thing viewers will notice is the game’s unique use of the film’s dialogue for cutscenes. Like LEGO Lord of the Rings it appears LEGO The Hobbit will be using actual dialogue from the feature films, only with LEGO-fied characters and action. For Lord of the Rings, we felt the use of live dialogue took away from the tongue-in-cheek humor that usually pervades LEGO releases, but perhaps lessons learned from that game will help improve The Hobbit.
At a glance, LEGO The Hobbit looks like everything fans of Peter Jackson’s feature films could want out of a LEGO adaptation. Every member of the cast, even those underutilized in the films, seems to get some attention, and all of the big action set pieces are on display. Our only question is whether or not this game will change up the tried and true LEGO formula. Past games have been passable in terms of their ability to successfully adapt prized properties (read: LEGO Marvel), but with the series slowly shifting towards the next-gen, the hope is that we will see new and exciting changes.
What do you think of the latest LEGO The Hobbit trailer? How do you hope TT Games adapts the feature films?
LEGO The Hobbit releases April 8, 2014 for 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.