It's been a tough couple of years for toys-to-life games. Disney announced its intentions to shut down Disney Infinity in 2016, and now it looks like LEGO Dimensions is next on the chopping block. In a tweet (via Engadget) today, Warner Bros. Interactive, TT Games, and The LEGO Group announced that they will stop producing new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs. Existing expansion packs will continue to be sold, and ongoing server and customer support will continue to be available.
The companies don't go any further in their statement, but a recent Eurogamer report indicates that the series is coming to an early end due to a combination of disappointing sales and thin profit margins. When expansion packs failed to sell well, they were subsequently discounted, effectively eliminating any profits. Compounding this was the fact that LEGO sets are relatively expensive to manufacture compared to other toys-to-life series.
According to Eurogamer, this marks an early end to what was reportedly a three-year expansion release cycle planned at the launch of LEGO Dimensions in 2015. Year three would have reportedly reintroduced a storyline featuring series villain Lord Vortech, a Minecraft expansion, and a potential Doctor Who pack. TT Games was also said to be working on a camera that could scan small LEGO builds and transport them into the game.