The LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced that LEGO Universe, the MMO based around the incredibly popular building game, will be going live on October 12, allowing a select group of fans to join in the experience before opening the game to all those interested a few days later, on October 26. The LEGO-based MMO can be enjoyed on the PC and the Mac, with the port created by the CiderTM Portability Engine from TransGaming.
All those who are interested in getting the game as soon as possible need to pick it up in official LEGO Stores, at LEGOLAND or using the LEGO Online Shop. On October 12, only those who use these buying options will be able to get into the game with publishing partner Warner Bros. putting it up for sale two weeks later.
Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, who is the vice president at the Digital division of the LEGO Group, stated “Our vision is to provide LEGO fans of all ages with a whole new quality play experience and creative platform, and LEGO Universe will open up exciting new opportunities for fun and expression this October. The dedicated LEGO fan community has contributed to the development of LEGO Universe since the start of the project, and we show our appreciation with the early Founders release.” The game is currently demoed at the E3 trade conference.
The LEGO Group was founded way back in 1932 and is still family owned, despite the global success it has achieved. The main idea behind LEGO games is to develop creative abilities in children who use them. The LEGO Universe MMO will take the idea one step further by allowing players to build anything they can imagine using the basic bricks of the game, while also taking part in an adventure that pits them against forces of corruption that aim to warp the beautiful universe they inhabit.