A Lego footballer minifig in 2K-branded packaging has been spotted, seemingly corroborating VGC’s exclusive report from before this yr.
In February we reported that Lego is partnering with 2K for a new line of Lego sports activities game titles, setting up with a football/soccer video game developed by Sumo Digital.
Now a new minifigure spotted on Lego’s certification page by 1414falconfan appears to show that the activity is certainly even now in the operates.
The packaging shows the character, named Finnius Dash, standing on a soccer pitch sporting a purple shark head mask and what seems to be a Barcelona shirt.
Crucially, the packaging also says Lego Game titles at the best and options the 2K logo in the base corner, suggesting a recreation connection.
Given that Finnius Sprint is not a known character in any present 2K match, he will possible look in the 2K Lego soccer activity VGC reported on earlier this yr.
The determine may not always recommend that the recreation will have an accompanying toy line – it may perhaps be a advertising figure manufactured to be supplied away at situations (maybe even The Activity Awards) alternatively than a little something developed to be sold to the general public.
In February we completely claimed that 2K experienced signed a new multi-game partnership with Lego, in accordance to sources with awareness of its ideas.
The Sumo Digital designed football recreation will be adopted by an open up-earth Lego racing activity at the moment in progress at WWE 2K22 studio Visible Principles, we were explained to.
This is the similar title stated in job listings at the start of 2022 as an “open globe driving video game with a major license”.
At the time we ended up informed that the football video game would be releasing in late 2022 to coincide with the FIFA Earth Cup, adopted by the racing video game in 2023.
A 3rd Lego sports activities title is also in enhancement, centered on a key sports franchise, sources stated.
Neither 2K nor Sumo Digital responded to requests for remark in advance of our initial story in February, and a spokesperson for Lego explained to VGC: “We do not remark on speculation about long term merchandise or partnerships.”
The 2K deal signifies a new era for Lego online games adhering to a former exclusivity offer with Warner’s TT Online games. Since 2005, Lego’s console game titles based mostly on licensed qualities this sort of as Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter, have almost all been developed by the United kingdom studio.
TT Online games also worked on unique Lego game titles these as Lego City Undercover, Bionicle Heroes and the toys-to-daily life title Lego Proportions, and had the capacity to veto specials with other game developers proposing console titles, according to people today with awareness of its arrangement.
Nevertheless, sources told VGC before this year that Lego did not intend to extend the phrases of its exclusivity deal with TT Games, consequently the 2K offer.
This does not mean TT will no longer be producing Lego game titles at all – certainly, job listings noticed earlier this 12 months showed that Warner was hiring for new employees to do the job on “an remarkable new Lego recreation based mostly on a main IP”.
Its conclusion not to extend its exclusivity settlement with Warner is believed to have been partly motivated by lowering revenue of its Lego titles, as younger audiences flock to social games this kind of as Roblox and Fortnite.
In the latest several years Lego also switched its motion picture offer from Warner to Common, taking away some synergy among the two corporations, although it carries on to license lots of of Warner’s properties which includes DC and Harry Potter.