Ten Ton Hammer:
Along with level progression, the LEGO
introduced Faction Kits for each of the 4 player factions. Are these
premium offerings, and what do these kits add to the game?
Yup, we added 4 new Faction Kits to the game in
August, and these are only sold by the Faction Vendors in Nimbus
Station and Nexus Tower (you need to become a Member in order to travel
to these worlds). As with the original Faction Specialty
Kits, each of these 4 new Kits has 3 full Ranks to move through, and
each Rank has 4-6 pieces to earn and equip.
Sentinels can now become a Space Ranger, which is more tech- and
ranged-based than the melee Knight and Samurai kits. It also has a
pretty sweet sub-orbital laser beam AoE and you also can create a black
hole and suck enemies into the void.
Assembly Faction members can now become an Inventor (in addition to the
Engineer and Summoner kits), a mad scientist-like kit which allows you
to spawn swarms of bees, summon an electrical Tesla shield and a
floating robot protector. Lots of wacky stuff.
Venture League has the new Adventurer kit (joining the Buccaneer and
Daredevil) which gives you a hat and a whip like that famous adventurer
guy. You know, Johnny Thunder. It’s also Venture
League’s support kit, so you can perform team heals and team
speed buffs (the longest speed buff in the game, by the way).
And the Paradox Faction adds the Shinobi kit (the other kits are the
Space Marauder and Sorceror), which has all kinds of nasty Ninja
tricks, including an AoE that calls down bolts of lightning, a shadow
rush, and a skill that lets you spray the field with hundreds of
shurikens. (I’m playing this kit right now and it’s
Faction Kits are some of the most popular (and expensive) gear in the
game, and so we also added some content in the August release that lets
you preview 4 of the original Faction Kits in Avant Gardens as a free
player. Just a taste of some of the awesomeness you’ll
experience once you get to Nimbus Station and start working on your
real Faction Kits.
Ten Ton Hammer:
Is creativity in building rewarded with the new 40
level progression system? Or are ratings and bragging rights still the
standard among LEGO builders?
You do get U-Score towards your Level by completing
building-themed Missions and Achievements and by visiting Properties,
but ratings and popularity are still the major metrics by which players
judge each others’ Properties.
We will be making some specific, targeted changes to this system in the
coming months. There are a ton of amazing Properties out there
– it’s mind-boggling what some of the builders have
created on their worlds. We’re also seeing a lot of fun
role-play activity on the Properties – groups of players
banding together to play out adventures in the worlds they’ve
created. Eventually we’d like to give more concrete
incentives and rewards for that type of creative play.
Ten Ton Hammer:
The Spider Queen encounter was a nice bonus -
should players expect new content regularly? Should we expect content
updates more often now that LEGO
is free to play?
Yeah, I was really excited by how epic that battle
turned out – all part of the revisions to Avant Gardens to
give it a more complete and dynamic experience arc.
And yes, there will be new content regularly – in fact, the
Ninjago update was just released, and it’s one of the biggest
content releases we’ve ever done. A huge world, 100+ new
Missions and Achievements, awesome new Spinjitzu powers for all 4
Elements, new Skeleton enemies, 150+ new pieces of gear, and
we’ve raised the level cap to 45. Of course, you’ll
need to sign up to play it all, but given how much of a blockbuster
Ninjago has been for the LEGO Group this year, we’re hoping
that will be a no-brainer for our free players.
Our thanks to Jordan Itkowitz.