Warner Bros. Buys TT Games, Developer of LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones, and LEGO Batman

By Chris Faylor, Nov 08, 2007 7:20am PST Growing publisher and developer Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will acquire TT Games, pending the standard regulatory approval for such a move.

TT Games encompasses developer Travellers' Tales, best known for its work on the LEGO Star Wars series, and TT Games Publishing. The company, which holds the worldwide rights for LEGO video games, is currently working on LEGO-themed renditions of Indiana Jones and Batman, both of which are slated to arrive in 2008. The latest release from Travellers' Tales, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (PS3, X360, Wii, DS), arrived in stores yesterday.

The planned acquisition of TT Games coincides with WBHE's aspirations to become a major force in the video game market. "We're in this for the long haul," senior VP of worldwide sales Ron Scott said earlier this year. "We are not just an arm of a business that is simply going to leverage the movie properties that Warner has--we are going to be a creative force as well."

"TT Games will become the cornerstone of our Home Entertainment Group's family-focused games strategy," stated WBHE president Kevin Tsujihara. "The expertise that TT Games brings to Warner Bros. is a great match with our brands as well as an opportunity to effectively leverage our existing global infrastructure."

The purchase of TT Games is said to have no effect on the company's current relationships with LEGO, Star Wars and Indiana Jones property holder LucasArts, or Guinness World Records, which has granted the company the rights to develop and publish games based on its yearly record book. As previously announced, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will handle the publishing of LEGO Batman, which is being developed for "next-generation and current generation platforms and the PC."

"After 18 years in the video games industry, the opportunity to become a meaningful part of the world's leading entertainment company is the fulfillment of a dream," explained managing director of Traveller's Tales Jon Burton. "Now that we are part of Warner Bros., I think itÂ’s safe to say we are exactly where we want to be."

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