Arthur Parsons has been working with TT Games since 1997. Back then, they were called Traveller’s Tales, and were working with games for Disney, like A Bug’s Life, Toy Story, and Finding Nemo.
Everything changed in 2005.
TT Games was established in 2005 with the merger of games publisher Giant Interactive and the developer Traveller’s Tales. The group has since grown to include the games development studio TT Fusion and TV production company TT Animation.
TT Games was acquired by Warner Bros. in 2007. The company is proud to continue its mission to be the leading publisher of interactive entertainment for young gamers and their families as part of Time Warner Inc, and to develop exciting new content for children with TT Animation.
When they started working on LEGO Star Wars in 2005, where the LEGO characters didn’t talk, but more or less mumbled and gestured to get their point across, it was just the springboard they needed to make fun games for kids of all ages. Star Wars and LEGO combined in video games became wildly successful, and led to other franchises jumping onboard the TT Games train. And eventually, the LEGO characters spoke, with the help of some very talented voice actors, with many animated cut scenes in between levels.
After a couple Star Wars sequels, Indiana Jones followed (2008), as well as Batman (2008), the popular Rock Band series (2009), Harry Potter (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean (2011) and Lord of the Rings (2012). Just last year, Marvel joined the game and you may have thought that it coundn’t get any bigger than that.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham arrives in stores on Tuesday, November 11th. If you think you’ll be able to buy the game when it hits the shelves, play all day and night, and complete the game by the next morning, you are sadly mistaken.
Arthur Parsons, Game Director for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, has been along for the whole ride and he can’t say enough about how large the scale of this game is compared to previous games TT Games has developed. There are over 150 playable characters to start, when you begin playing the game. There are DLC packs available for purchase, 3 of which are available on November 11. The other 3 will be released as part of a DLC subscription, as they become available. At New York Comic Con in October, Arthur Parsons, Stephen Sharples (Asst. Game Director), Geoff Johns (CCO DC Entertainment), Kevin Smith (Film Director/Creator of Comic Book Men), Troy Baker (Actor/Batman), and Stephen Amell (Actor/Green Arrow) announced a 4th DLC pack for Green Arrow. The other 2 DLC packs have not been announced yet.
The characters, which include 60’s Adam West Batman, Duck Dodgers as Green Loontern, Condiment King and Bat Mite, are just the tip of the iceberg. There are cameos by real life heroes, like Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Kevin Smith, and Conan O’Brien. Beyond Gotham means that all of these characters are not just restricted to one city, but the whole universe! Following the events of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Brainiac uses the powers of the Rings of each Lantern Corps to take over the universe by shrinking planets to add to his collection. In pursuit of the Legion of Doom, Batman and the Justice League must travel into the far reaches of outer space to stop them.
The possibilities between all the characters and all the settings means that you may never hit the entire matrix of possible combinations to play in this game. And if you have fun and share the fun and laughter with other people, then Arthur Parsons has done his job.
ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell spoke briefly with Arthur Parsons at New York Comic Con. Here is their conversation:
Arthur Parsons occasionally blogs at the LEGO Community site. Here is his latest post:
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is releasing on November 11th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, PS3, PC, Vita, 3DS. Play responsibly.