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Warner Bros. Interactive brings home the big names for E3 2015. Headlining the company's booth this year is Batman: Arkham Knight, the conclusion to developer Rocksteady Studios' award-winning Arkham trilogy. The game features a brand-new Batmobile--which allows players to speed through an environment five times the size of Arkham City--and a brand-new antagonist, the titular Arkham Knight. Refined combat, stealth, and forensics help the Caped Crusader do battle with a rogues' gallery of the worst of Gotham City's super-villains, including Harley Quinn, the Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler, and the Scarecrow. Fans have a chance to experience this title soon: It releases on June 23 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

This year also brings a brand-new addition to the Warner Bros. stable of properties: LEGO Dimensions. Taking cues from physical-to-digital games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions allows players to blend characters and creations from a dramatic range of properties. The game is scheduled to include elements from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and even The Wizard of Oz... just to start. Characters, vehicles, and other elements from each of these diverse properties can be mixed and matched at the whim of the player; simply drop the elements onto the LEGO Toy Pad and they appear in-game.

The initial offering will include minifigures of Batman, Gandalf, and The Lego Movie's Wyldstyle, plus the Batmobile. This all comes in addition to the game, the Toy Pad, and all the bricks necessary to build the LEGO Gateway, which is the vehicle for the cross-franchise play. The packages release on September 27 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. A selection of expansion packs will also be available; these include Level Packs (which feature a new mission-based game level, a new minifigure, a vehicle, and an in-game gadget), Team Packs (two minifigures, each with a vehicle or gadget), and Fun Packs (one mini-figure with a vehicle or gadget). More expansions will follow into 2016.

Warner Bros. is also showing off LEGO Marvel's Avengers, the newest iteration in developer TT Games' blockbuster LEGO franchise. This one focuses on events from The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring more than 100 characters from the films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Avengers play a starring role and join together to execute new team abilities and to reduce their enemies to individual bricks. Set for release this fall, the game will arrive on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and PC.

Rounding out the lineup this year is the long-awaited Mad Max, which follows on the heels of the recent film sequel, and presents an open-world, post-apocalyptic wasteland for players to explore. Players take on the role of the titular Mad Max, who explores the deadly landscape on foot and in a customizable vehicle. The game includes melee combat, gunplay, and physics-based vehicular combat against outlandish enemy vehicles. Max's skills and abilities can be upgraded--as can his custom ride, the Magnum Opus. Players can design the Magnum Opus from the chassis up, swapping out weapons, armor, engines, and more. When the game releases in September for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Mad Max will add yet another big-name property to the Warner Bros. fold.

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