LEGO's Minecraft competitor 'LEGO Worlds' is now in beta, and it looks awesome

A few days ago we reported that LEGO may have spilled the beans on a possible Minecraft competitor, and it looks like it was real. Today, LEGO posted the early release on Steam for LEGO Worlds. And it actually looks awesome.

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The game description says that LEGO Worlds is a, "galaxy of procedurally-generated Worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with LEGO models." The game allows the player to drastically alter the landscape of the world using the 'multi-tool', something vanilla Minecraft is missing. It also allows for normal Minecraft-style building with LEGO bricks.

Right now the game is in something called 'Steam Early Access', which (if you are unfamiliar with Steam) is essentially a paid public beta. The game is not quite complete, but there's enough in the game to get some fun out of it. Additionally, the game will be at a discount ($14.99 USD) during the Early Access period, but when it exits beta, it will cost more.

Here is a list of features, both current and upcoming, inside the game.

Future features to be added during Early Access:

  • Like/Dislike system for tailoring World Generation

  • Procedurally Generated Underground Cave Networks

  • LEGO ID integration to allow for sharing and uploading of in-game builds

  • Additional Biomes

  • Painting Themes

  • Pre-Generated Towns/Villages/Settlements relevant to the Biome

  • Updated AI Behaviors to provide organic feeling to free-roaming creatures and characters

  • Red Brick Extras

  • Full liquid behaviors

  • Additional Minifigure Characters and Creatures

  • Additional Vehicles and Pre-Built Models

  • Additional Weapons

  • Cut/Copy/Paste chunks of landscape

  • Underwater Gameplay (including Vehicles, Creatures and additional sea life)

  • Character Customizer

  • Online Multiplayer


Current features:

  • Procedurally Generated Worlds

  • Terrforming and Building tools

  • Discoveries and Unlocks

  • Rideable Creatures and Vehicles

  • Day/Night Cycle

  • Full controller support (from elsewhere on the Steam page)


As you can see, there's a lot of features that set it apart from Minecraft. But it's hard to not look at this as a response to Minecraft's success, especially with LEGO also manufacturing Minecraft-themed LEGO sets. There's a lot more info, as well as more screenshots and a video, at the source link below. What do you think of LEGO Worlds?

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June 1, 2015 at 5:19 AM delete

WordPress is being stupid and won't post it with the source link for some reason, so here it is: http://store.steampowered.com/app/332310/

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June 1, 2015 at 7:23 AM delete

The graphics in this game look pretty amazing. It's obviously Lego style, but they are just so nice

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Tyler Clements
June 1, 2015 at 8:56 AM delete

I'm not sure if calling it a Minecraft competitor is a good comparison. If you're saying that works because it's procedurally generated, then by that definition Rust is also a Minecraft competitor.

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SpellCheckerBish
June 1, 2015 at 1:24 PM delete

Terrforming?

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Blokdudz
June 9, 2015 at 5:39 AM delete

Minecraft will always be the best game yet. If lego makes a ripoff off of minecraft, they will lose the compition with their greed for money. Lego Universe looked fuin, but most kids could't play it because of how much it cost, 20 bucks per month. I hate what lego is doing and I hope it stops.

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