New multiplayer mode lets friends team up to hunt and catch ghosts together.
BILLUND (November 27, 2019): LEGO® Hidden Side™, the interactive play experience where kids use an Augmented Realiy app to hunt and catch ghosts in special LEGO sets, gets 2020 off to a spook-tacular start with the launch of new products and a multiplayer game mode. Six new sets will be introduced: Haunted Fairground, Lighthouse of Darkness, El Fuego’s Stunt Plane, Welcome to the Hidden Side, Jack’s Beach Buggy and Newbury Subway.
The new multiplayer feature, which is compatible with all new sets, lets kids take part in thrilling challenges with friends either online or with those in the same room – if they dare…
Getting started is easy - simply build and scan the LEGO Hidden Side set using the app and choose from one of two new game modes. ‘Play as a Hunter’ mode, where the aim is to catch ghosts in competition against other players either online or in the same room, and the ‘Play as a Ghost’ mode where kids can join two other online ‘ghost’ players with the aim of haunting LEGO Hidden Side sets and hiding from a player-controlled ghost hunter.
As part of The LEGO Group’s commitment to developing safe and fun digital play experiences for children, a number of safeguards have been incorporated into the new multiplayer feature. During online games, players can only communicate with each other via a fixed set of fun LEGO inspired emojis, stickers and phrases. The player communication is focused on inspiring and encouraging players to compete together and complimenting others on their performance. No voice chat or other communication methods will be available.
All sets launching in 2020 will be compatible with the new multiplayer feature along with the 2019 sets, which will be available to play in multiplayer in early 2020.
About LEGO Hidden Side
Core LEGO Building Experience
LEGO Hidden Side building sets deliver everything kids love and expect from a LEGO building experience – the challenge of the build, a detailed model with functionality, and minifigure characters set in a story-driven universe. Each model can be built as it appears by day – for instance a fairground or lighthouse – and has transforming functionality to become the haunted version of itself.
Truly Augmented Play
The app lets kids assume a first-person perspective as they explore their hometown of Newbury, using their mobile phones to see and solve paranormal mysteries beneath the surface of their environment. Game play prompts kids to hold their phone up to the physical LEGO models and interact with various elements, or ‘points of possession’, which release virtual ghosts that kids must then capture in the AR game to stop the haunting. Numerous scenarios create dynamic gameplay that requires kids to keep one hand in each world to progress the play.
The app experience will continue to expand with the addition of new ghosts, new game challenges, and randomization of gameplay so the experience is different every time kids play.
For more information, visit www.lego.com/hidden-side