‘LEGO Worlds’ Available, Takes Minecraft Head-On

LEGO Worlds is a very real thing, and it looks like the classic toy maker is aiming to squash all those Minecraft comparisons over the years.

Announced as an early access title, LEGO Worlds is the first procedurally-generated game created entirely of LEGO blocks. The player can either start from scratch and begin building anything under the sun, provided it’s out of LEGOs, or they can start with pre-built structures to get the lay of the land.

An open-world title, LEGO Worlds seeks to combine the creativity their toys have spawned over the years with the sandbox nature of Minecraft, which has constantly been billed as the “LEGO of video games” by some. The description on the game’s Steam listing tries to evoke the feeling that many open-world games tend to give: a sense of exploration, creativity and discovery.

EXPLORE. DISCOVER. CREATE.

In a galaxy of procedural worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks, will you… EXPLORE environments filled with adventure, then alter them? DISCOVER secrets and treasures, then play with them? CREATE your own models, then make a world your own?

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A mushroom biome in LEGO Worlds

LEGO Worlds is starting its adventure as an early access game on Steam, though the hope is that with enough fan support the full version could be soon following behind. Traveler’s Tales and Warner Bros. will hopefully be able to shape the future of LEGO Worlds based on the feed back they get from the Early Access phase of development.

Many fans have been clamoring for a LEGO answer to Minecraft, and it seems Warner Bros. is finally capitalizing on the LEGO IP they’ve had for a while. TT Games has made some pretty great LEGO games in the past, including LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Batman, and so on. It’ll be interesting to see how LEGO Worlds differs from the formula that has made Minecraft easily one of the world’s most successful brands in recent years.

If you want to see LEGO Worlds in action, Kotaku has posted an entry into their First Five series with editor Mike Fahey playing around in the first few moments of LEGO Worlds. Also, in Minecraft-specific news, the Inquisitr reported yesterday on a magazine exclusively for the sandbox-game in the UK. Maybe LEGO Worlds will spawn similar publications in the coming years?

LEGO Worlds is available now for Early Access on Steam for $14.99. No other platforms have at this moment been announced, though the game does feature full-gamepad support, so console players may have a ray of hope to glean from this.

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[Images via LEGO Worlds]

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