Warner Bros. and LEGO have struck a deal enabling TT Games to turn out LEGO game after LEGO game until 2016.
LucasArts and Traveller's Tales have uploaded a LEGO Indiana Jones 2 demo to both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over the Christmas break.
LucasArts has said that a patch to add online co-operative play to LEGO Indiana Jones 2 will be released in "a few weeks".
I'm a vocal fan of the LEGO games, but even I was a bit sceptical about a second go-round for Indiana Jones. The first LEGO Indy game was something of a runt compared to the brick-based versions of Star Wars and Batman, and the idea of adding just one more film story - the limp Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - to the existing trilogy hardly suggested a gameplay bonanza.
The good news, then, is that Traveller's Tales has come up with a package that renders such concerns null and void. This is an absolutely stuffed disc, easily doubling what was on offer last time, and addressing long-running complaints about the LEGO series to boot.
Naysayers who claim LEGO games are just the same thing repackaged are finally proven conclusively wrong, even though every game so far has offered its own tweaks and improvements. Of course, you still explore levels, smashing things, melee-bashing enemies, solving puzzles and collecting LEGO studs for currency. That's what the LEGO games do. To suggest otherwise would be like asking Splinter Cell to ditch stealth, or Call of Duty to tone down the shooting.
LucasArts has announced LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues.
It's due out for DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 this autumn, with Traveller's Tales wielding the whip.
As you might imagine, in addition to bits from the original three films, the second LEGO Indy in as many years takes in the fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.