Why Was LEGO Dimensions Discontinued? 5 Things You Should Know

LEGO Dimensions was one of the best LEGO video games, featuring levels from different themes and Minifigures from different franchises.

The game was pretty fun and works pretty well and there weren’t any core problems with the game design.

There were a lot to unlock and explore and the multiple licenses made for some interesting dynamics that players didn’t get in games.

The game came with various expansion packs split into four categories which are needed to unlock all the necessary abilities and to have access to each of the 30 worlds in order to complete the game.

On October 23, 2017, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games officially announced that they will no longer be producing new expansion packs for the game beyond what was available.

However, they will continue to provide ongoing server and customer support for all the LEGO Dimensions packs. Also, existing packs will continue to work interchangeably and will remain available for purchase.

The game was the third of three toys-to-life franchises that ended its operation for the foreseeable future, with Disney Infinity calling it quits in May of 2016 and Skylanders taking a “hiatus” during 2017 after low sales for recent installments (per Kotaku). 

This came as a shock to the LEGO community as many fans were still enjoying the game. But the question is why is LEGO Dimensions Discontinued? Was the game just dying or something?

Below are some of the reasons which we believe were behind the discontinuation of the LEGO Dimensions game.

Why Was LEGO Dimensions Discontinued?

The game Was not Profitable

Eurogamer speculated the cause may stem from the sheer cost of making the Lego figures in the first place as LEGO Dimensions packs were made with real LEGO.

Every pack was sold with a tiny margin in an effort to remain competitive. This meant that the packs didn’t sell well and were eventually discounted which resulted in a loss.

In an effort to rectify this, TT Games offered a range of franchises with a smaller number of sets in its second year and also introduced three more expensive Story Mode packs that allowed players to redecorate their portal pad, as well as several expanded mini-campaigns for various sets.

However, the second year didn’t live up to expectations as a result of poor sales and an overly optimistic content schedule across multiple platforms.

Additionally, the expansion packs weren’t leveling off and were not attracting people to the new Starter Packs so the money wasn’t coming in.

The Game Was a Bit Too Hard for the Demographic It Was Aimed At

LEGO Dimensions was aimed at 7-year-olds and the game and the vehicle/gadget assembly were a bit too hard for them.

Seven-year-olds are not tidy and have tantrums at video games although some kids are careful not to lose pieces this is not always the case. 

The game needs attention that a lot of kids and families didn’t have and this will usually result in missing pieces, broken stuff, losing bits, and what will be left will eventually end up staying unplayed on the shelf.

With the breakable nature of real-life lego models, this is more of a problem for this game than it was for Disney Infinity or Skylanders.

Bugs

The game is quite buggy and too much going on on the screen at one can hang the game. 

Some level packs like the Doctor Who level pack had lots of bugs such as death loops for characters and vehicles that required restarts. 

Furthermore, there was a power escalation within the game, and later wave characters tended to overshadow earlier ones. Players with a reasonable set of characters and moving through the game often find themselves still using a core handful again and again.

Read: Everything You Need to Know About LEGO Dimensions Packs

Can You Still Play LEGO Dimensions?

Yes, you can still play the LEGO Dimensions game. TT Games and LEGO are still providing ongoing server and customer support for all the LEGO Dimensions packs.

Can You Still Buy LEGO Dimensions?

Yes, you can still buy the game. All existing packs are still available for purchase and are still working interchangeably.

Lisa D. Marsh

Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm the editor of BrickMechanics.com LEGO has been part of my life ever since I was young. I have a deep love of LEGO and it has guided me through my early years, through school, and eventually through my degree in Engineering.