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New LEGO City Undercover gamepad and map details emerge

New gameplay details for Lego City Undercover,Ā the soon-to-be released Wii U exclusive title from TT Fusion, have been revealed via scans of advertising and marketing material.

The images shine light on some of the characters, scenarios and tie-in products of the game, but most notably they give some insight into previouslyĀ unseen gamepad integration.

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In addition to the above information, the scans detail some of the specific ways you’ll be using the gamepad while playing the game.

  • As a communicator – police dispatcher Ellie Phillips will update you on crimes in progress or suspicious characters via the gamepad.
  • As a scanner – using motion control you can virtually scan the city’s environments. You can look for hidden items, bonus missions, or even listen in on secret conversations.
  • As an in-game camera.
  • As a navigation system: the dynamic map will be displayed in full on the gamepad, allowing you to save locations and find the best route to your next objective via the touch screen.

Speaking of the map, aĀ separateĀ scan shows off the a bird’s eye view of the exact layout of LEGO City.

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As an indicator of scale, TT Fusion’s Steve Bate has previously said it takes 10 minutes to drive “from bottom to top”. This means the overall map for LEGO City Undercover is probably a little smaller than some previous sandbox adventure games.

However since we know there are about 200 different vehicles in the game (some of which only spawn in certain points) and since we can now see a drive around the city will involveĀ travelingĀ to different islands and over long stretches of bridge or ocean, it’s easy to imagine spending a huge amount of time just exploring the environment. Add to this the game’s trademark Ā ‘disguise’ system and there’s the potential for Metroid-style re-exploration with newly unlocked abilities.

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You can see in this image the robber and fireman disguise ā€” which have already been shown prominently in media and advertising for the game ā€” as well as the farmer costume which I can only assume grants Chase the ability to spawnĀ adorableĀ LEGO chickens.

Also notice the mention of ‘Albatross Ā Island Prison’. Is this the isolated island on the right-hand side of the map?

LEGO City Undercover isĀ releasingĀ just next week ā€” March 18 ā€” Ā in the US (March 28 in Europe and Australia / NZ) and has already earned some very positive reviews.

Has this new info got you sold on the all-new sandbox adventure, or have you had your pre-order in from day one? Give your thoughts on LEGO City Undercover in the comments below.