Say what you will about Lego Dimensions, but for a game that at launch cost over $100 and was built around buying hundreds of dollars worth of more toys and vehicles, it still felt like it was a game that had the consumers best interest in mind: All trophies/achievements and the campaign could be completed with everything in the box; Shortly after launch a patch was put in to allow players to “rent” characters with gathered studs to collect gold bricks collectibles you would otherwise need to buy with actual money in a store and unlike competitors like the now dead Disney Infinity and Activision’s Skylanders, you only need to buy the one game instead of annual updates.
All this makes the news that just came out today very disheartening.
Through various leaks online, it’s been known that two DC Comics characters that weren’t on the year one roster for Lego Dimensions were somehow coming: Green Arrow, who has since been made available as a convention exclusive, more or less, and Supergirl, who up until today had a release that was still shrouded in mystery. Unlike Green Arrow, regular folks will be able to purchase Supergirl, HOWEVER, to do so you must buy another starter pack that will release alongside the year two sets that are coming out in September.
The new starter set comes with nothing new that wasn’t in the package originally, save Supergirl, and to make matters worse, as of this writing Supergirl is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. This could change down the line mind you, like how the Hulk and Boba Fett were PlayStation exclusive characters for Disney Infinity in the second and third iterations respectively, but it still doesn’t change the fact that if you already own the game, you have to buy it again, and right now anyone who wants Supergirl and doesn’t own a PlayStation 4, have to buy a game they might not even be able to play.
Supergirl has the same abilities as her cousin, Superman, so ability wise, you’re not missing out on anything, though unlike the Man of Steel, Supergirl can transform into a Red Lantern and gain construct abilities as well as fire rage bolts. For those who want to collect all the Lego Dimensions characters, or just simply want to get all the DC Comics characters like myself, it still means rebuying a $100 plus game just to get one character. This feels like something more of what a company like Activision would do and uncharacteristic of a product developed by TT Games. Hopefully that isn’t a sign of things to come for future Lego Dimensions releases, as it’s things like that can turn fans who have been with the game from year one away from it, especially given the high cost that comes with buying into the toys-to-life game to being with.
Brick Inquirer has just posted an update about Supergirl, alongside a new trailer featuring the character, that at the end specifically says the starter pack exclusivity is only until March 28th of next year. Whether this means it will come to other consoles starter packs or will be sold solo is unsure.More as it develops.