World of Warcraft, watch out: LEGO has its eyes on your MMO prize. The LEGO Group today debuted new artwork and details about LEGO Universe, a massively multiplayer online game.
LEGO Universe will let gamers have a hand in literally building their in-game universe. Although LEGO games (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Batman) have been popular on consoles, this is the first LEGO MMO.
The game will bring the LEGO play experience online, encouraging creativity and collaboration between fans all over the world. Within LEGO Universe, players will be able to create, build, quest and socialize together. As LEGO avatars, of course.
In LEGO Universe, players will be able to build anything from LEGO bricks, including their own avatar. Buying bricks and building involves “money,” of course, but in a very LEGO sense: the game’s currency is plastic, with players them use to buy bricks. Players can also find bricks in the persistent world, gain them by defeating enemies and completing challenges, or discover them a la treasure.
Lego Universe will be released for PC in 2009.
We have the first pieces of concept art from the game, as you can see below. You can click any of the images below to see it in high resolution.