The LEGO Group announces that LEGO Universe is now live as a "Founders Release" for fans who pre-ordered the game through LEGO sales channels. Word is: "Founders get two weeks of early playtime before the official U.S. launch on October 26th, when LEGO Universe will be available through mass retail outlets nationwide." They have released the game's introductory trailer in celebration, and this is embedded below.
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Silicon Avatar wrote on Oct 9, 2010, 03:05: So can you build whatever you want like Minecraft, or is it just a boring MMO with Lego slapped on it? This trailer tells me nothing.
Half and half. There's a lot of running around beating on randomly spawning mobs while on a quest, but then I doubt you could really avoid that in an MMO. There's lots of scope for free form lego building, but only in designated areas. So I guess the answer to your question is no, not like Minecraft at all.
That said, we've been in beta, and our kids are getting their pre-order copy any day now.