This year, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Dimensions, and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will all be released. But despite the big licenses behind them, those could all be overshadowed by the latest LEGO game on the scene: LEGO Worlds. LEGO Worlds was leaked last week as developer TT Games sent out a piece of promotional material encouraging players to “Explore. Discover. Create.” which led some people to believe that the game would be a LEGO version of Minecraft.
According to the LEGO Worlds announcement trailer above, ‘LEGO Minecraft‘ seems to be exactly what LEGO and the TT Games team is aiming for, which is unsurprising given that Minecraft is one of the best-selling games in history.
In LEGO Worlds, players will inhabit a procedurally generated world where they will be able to make and create a variety of different structures (even a cheerful snowperson in a top hat) with its virtual building blocks. That’s made somewhat easier with the multi-tool, which allows players to raise the terrain; the Brick-by-Brick editor, which will let people “build anything [they] can imagine”; and there’s also a save function so that players can save their creations and quickly put them in the world again.
There is also a range of ways to get around including race cars, helicopters, horses, and dragons, which will come in handy given just how expansive the LEGO Worlds setting appears to be (TT Games describes the setting as a “galaxy of procedural worlds”). There are “secrets and treasures” to discover, meet and play with too, including vampires, race cars, polar bears, steamrollers, and “colossal digging machines”.
Furthermore, LEGO Worlds includes several “real-life LEGO sets, taken from the Classic and current LEGO themes” with more to be added in future. Though it’s not hard to imagine that at some point those sets will expand outside of just LEGO sets and into licensed property as TT Games has worked with licensed property before (they were behind LEGO Star Wars and are owned by Warner Bros., a company that also has the Harry Potter and DC licenses under its belt.)
However, despite all of these features, there is a considerable amount that LEGO Worlds is missing considering its status as a Steam Early Access release. Between now and early 2016 (which is when TT Games will “evaluate a release candidate”) the LEGO Worlds team hopes to introduce online multiplayer, additional environments, the ability to cut, copy, and paste bits of landscape, updated AI behaviors, and LEGO iD integration so that players can easily share their creations with one another.
The fact that LEGO Worlds is an Early Access game has drawn some criticism from LEGO fans that argue Warner Bros. and TT Games have enough resources to properly test the game before release, therefore not needing Early Access. But on the LEGO Worlds Steam page, TT Games says that “LEGO Worlds will be a fully open-world, creativity-driven game so we want to ensure that we provide it with the utmost care and attention as we expand on our ideas”. Minecraft also had alpha and beta testing which changed the game for the better, so hopefully Early Access will do the same for LEGO Worlds.
LEGO Worlds is now available on PC via Steam Early Access.