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WB winding down Lego Dimensions ahead of schedule

UPDATEThe toys-to-life series was originally planned for a three-year arc, but sources say that development of the game is ending after just two.

Warner Bros. has reportedly stamped an expiration date on TT Games’ toys-to-life title Lego Dimensions, bringing development for the title to a close one year ahead of schedule.

Though the publisher itself has not publicly stated that the series is ending, sources close to the company have told Eurogamer that Lego Dimensions’ Year Two content will be its last.

[Update: A post shared to the Lego Dimensions Twitter account now confirms those earlier reports, saying that it "will not be producing new expansion packs for the game beyond what is now available," though the game's servers will remain online.]

A company-wide email obtained by Eurogamer from TT Games studio manager Dave Dootson serves to back up that initial report.

"Thanks so much to everyone for making Dimensions possible,” reads the email. “As difficult as it has been, it is worth celebrating the incredible achievement it represents in the quality of the game, the amazing blend of IPs and the challenging technical demands it presented. It stands as a real testament to the talent within TT."

The toys-to-life game released in 2015 and used fully buildable lego figures to introduce new characters and levels from a number of notable movies and video games. Lego Dimensions welcomed two major content arcs, with the first focusing on smaller themed packs while the second year offered heftier expansions that introduced new in-game worlds. 

Eurogamer says that the third year of content would’ve wrapped of the multi-franchise story established in the original game, but that this and the rest of Dimensionsyear-three plans have been abandoned. 

Lego Dimensions is the latest toys-to-life game to end active development as the once massive genre itself starts to slow its momentum. Disney ended future support and online services for its own toys-to-life franchise Disney Infinity last fall. Meanwhile Skylanders, which gave the genre a jump-start in 2011, is notably passing on a new Skylanders console game for 2017, instead opting to bring 2016's Skylanders: Imaginators to Switch.

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