A Lego footballer minifig in 2K-branded packaging has been noticed, seemingly corroborating VGC’s exclusive report from earlier this yr.
In February we described that Lego is partnering with 2K for a new line of Lego sports games, starting with a football/soccer game made by Sumo Digital.
Now a new minifigure noticed on Lego’s certification page by 1414falconfan seems to suggest that the recreation is certainly nonetheless in the will work.
The packaging shows the character, named Finnius Dash, standing on a soccer pitch donning a purple shark head mask and what seems to be a Barcelona shirt.
Crucially, the packaging also claims Lego Game titles at the leading and options the 2K logo in the bottom corner, suggesting a sport connection.
Considering that Finnius Dash is not a recognized character in any existing 2K game, he will probable show up in the 2K Lego soccer video game VGC documented on earlier this 12 months.
The determine may well not necessarily recommend that the match will have an accompanying toy line – it might be a advertising determine designed to be offered away at functions (possibly even The Activity Awards) alternatively than a thing designed to be bought to the general public.
In February we solely claimed that 2K experienced signed a new multi-recreation partnership with Lego, in accordance to resources with information of its programs.
The Sumo Electronic formulated football match will be adopted by an open up-planet Lego racing sport currently in improvement at WWE 2K22 studio Visual Principles, we were told.
This is the very same title pointed out in job listings at the start out of 2022 as an “open entire world driving sport with a significant license”.
At the time we were informed that the football game would be releasing in late 2022 to coincide with the FIFA Environment Cup, adopted by the racing activity in 2023.
A 3rd Lego sports title is also in progress, dependent on a important sports franchise, resources stated.
Neither 2K nor Sumo Digital responded to requests for remark ahead of our initial story in February, and a spokesperson for Lego explained to VGC: “We do not remark on speculation about future solutions or partnerships.”
The 2K deal signifies a new era for Lego games next a prior exclusivity deal with Warner’s TT Games. Due to the fact 2005, Lego’s console online games based on certified qualities this sort of as Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter, have virtually all been made by the United kingdom studio.
TT Game titles also worked on original Lego online games these as Lego City Undercover, Bionicle Heroes and the toys-to-existence title Lego Dimensions, and experienced the potential to veto bargains with other video game builders proposing console titles, according to people with awareness of its arrangement.
Nonetheless, resources instructed VGC previously this year that Lego did not intend to lengthen the terms of its exclusivity deal with TT Games, for this reason the 2K deal.
This does not suggest TT will no for a longer time be earning Lego online games at all – in truth, work listings spotted earlier this yr showed that Warner was selecting for new team to operate on “an fascinating new Lego recreation based mostly on a important IP”.
Its final decision not to extend its exclusivity arrangement with Warner is believed to have been partly affected by reducing gross sales of its Lego titles, as youthful audiences flock to social game titles such as Roblox and Fortnite.
In new many years Lego also switched its film deal from Warner to Common, eradicating some synergy concerning the two corporations, however it proceeds to license quite a few of Warner’s qualities together with DC and Harry Potter.