On March 23, LEGO will reveal a brand-new racing game based on the well-known Danish building block. LEGO made this announcement via social media.
It follows some speculation and insider hints about the game earlier in the day, with LEGO seemingly acting quickly to stop what was allegedly a beta test phase leak.
A new biome and four distinct post-launch seasons of Drive Pass content, each with new vehicles and themes, will be included in the Year 1 Drive Pass. It can be bought separately as well.
The “Aquadirt Racer Pack,” which comes with the Aquadirt Racer Street Car, Off-Road Car, and Racer Boat, is available for pre-order. Regardless of pre-order, this pack is a part of both the Awesome Edition and Awesome Rivals Edition.
The single-player and multiplayer modes of LEGO 2K Drive will include various biomes, races, minigames, challenges, collectibles, things to destroy, and even a narrative.
A wide range of customization options will also be included in the game, enabling players to construct any vehicle using more than 1,000 exclusive LEGO pieces. The game also includes vehicles from Speed Champions, LEGO City, Creator, and even the McLaren Solus GT and F1 LM.
In its multiplayer mode , in addition to competitive multiplayer with up to six players, players can race their vehicles with friends in a “robust co-op” experience. The game will also support split-screen multiplayer for two players.
LEGO Game’s Master Plan
The name “LEGO 2K Drive” was originally suggested for the game’s title, along with some screenshots, which have since been removed, supporting their veracity. Also, the game was pitched as being similar to Mario Kart/Crash Team Racing.
Moreover, a brief video from “Awesome News Network” (for the LEGO Movie fans there) plays on the fact that the game isn’t actually ready to be revealed just yet in LEGO’s own teaser, which isn’t quite as detailed as that.
The clip does, however, confirm that it is a racing game, and the background of the set includes the soft drink brand and extreme sports set sponsor Vita Rush as racing teams, as well as the in-universe petrochemical brand Octan, which is frequently seen on racing car sets.
Even though the game is being advertised as having an open world, screenshots—which we won’t reproduce here for obvious reasons—show varied races in which you can control vehicles like cars, boats, and airplanes—all of which are, of course, made of LEGO. Images of a swamp, a freeway, and a haunted house are among the many themes that can be seen. Everything seems to be quite pleasant.
The game is poised to be one of several LEGO-themed sports games from 2K Sports, with a soccer release also purportedly in production. The Danish brick manufacturer is undergoing a significant reorganization that will allow it to diversify its product line beyond the required licensed tie-ins like LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Harry Potter. (However, a third of the latter is reportedly on the way.)
Overall, we are still determining what to anticipate from the game, with the possible exception of LEGO. We’d imagine there are at least semi-destructible environments — as with the LEGO Speed Champions expansion for Forza Horizon 4 — and traditional karting game tropes with boosts, weapon power-ups, and environment-themed circuits.
The game will likely feature highly customizable characters and vehicles, similar to 1999’s LEGO Racers. We anticipate some of the more famous Speed Champions vehicles will be included (and probably as pre-order bonuses or paid DLC).
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