Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have this week confirmed the release of two further instalments in their long-running franchise of licensed video games based on pre-established LEGO properties. Designed exclusively by TT Games, this near-unparalleled saga of block-tastic adaptations began life with LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game in 2005, only to move onto a wealth of other beloved film sagas such as Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and The Hobbit once all six of George Lucas' science-fiction epics had been infused with the satirical humour for which TT's projects have rightly become renowned.
What's next on the development team's slate, then? A mixture of properties old and new, it would appear - joining Jurassic World at the time of its cinematic début will be LEGO Jurassic World (prizes are over in the corner for anyone who predicted that title), a prehistoric platformer whose main campaign will incorporate the events of Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001) as well as - of course - this Summer's Chris Pratt-starring re-imaging of Isla Nublar and all of its ferocious inhabitants. Whereas in previous years TT might have been content to halt their LEGO offerings after one fully-fledged instalment, though, 2015's first licensed tie-in only represents the metaphorical appetiser dish, with players' main courses coming in the form of LEGO Marvel's Avengers.
If the name wasn't enough of an indication, this spiritual successor to 2013's LEGO Marvel Superheroes will focus on the escapades of the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, chronicling their confrontation with Loki and his legions of Chitauri forces in Avengers Assemble (2012) before depicting the events of this April's Avengers: Age of Ultron just a few months after the latter motion picture arrives on UK shores ("and more", according to Warner's official press release, though quite whether this aside hints at levels inspired by Thor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the like remains to be seen). In spite of our qualms with the lack of creative inspiration present in last year's LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (which managed a respectable 6/10 thanks to its trove of DC Easter eggs along with its sublime DLC packs), then, that TT are returning to pre-established narratives for inspiration this time around at least offers hope we're in for a more substantial treat here.
LEGO Jurassic World will open its gates to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo 3DS and PC this June, whilst LEGO Marvel's Avengers will assemble on precisely the same set of consoles this Autumn.