TT Games brings their LEGO-game expertise to the open-world. Ever wonder why the LEGO franchise never took advantage of Minecraft’s success? Well, they are now. LEGO World hit ‘Early Access’ on Steam earlier today to little fanfare. You can play it right now for $14.99.

TT Games describes the game:

In a galaxy of procedural worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks, will you… EXPLORE environments filled with adventure, then alter them? DISCOVER secrets and treasures, then play with them? CREATE your own models, then make a world your own?

We’re delighted that we can finally share our latest title with you as it enters Early Access! We will be scouring the Discussions and taking on board any and all feedback we receive as it comes in.

Here’s the first trailer.

Starting with ‘Early Access’ on Steam is a smart move. Whoever greenlighted that idea deserves a raise. Duplicating Minecraft’s success will be no easy feat. But, if anyone can pull it off – it’s TT Games with the strength of the LEGO license.

Going the ‘Early Access’ route has two main advantages. First, it dampens our expectations. Most people know what Early Access means and what that entails. LEGO Worlds is a work in progress.

Second, you can make a difference. TT Games will be looking to the community for feedback on how to make LEGO Worlds. Warner Bros. and TT Games want a Minecraft killer. What better way than to get the fans of Minecraft to help?

Minecraft didn’t become a hit overnight. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of listening to the gamers playing it. TT Games appears to be taking the same approach, and LEGO Worlds will be better for it.

Current and planned features

Thinking about buying LEGO Worlds today? Here are the features currently in the Early Access build:

Procedurally Generated Worlds
Terraforming and Building tools
Discoveries and Unlocks
Rideable Creatures and Vehicles
Day/Night Cycle

TT Games plans to add a lot more features in a series of updates. These include:

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

TT Games also says LEGO Worlds will increase in price once the game officially launches, which is planned for early 2016.

The planned features are looking good. Online multiplayer is a must and should be one of the first features TT Games tackles.

LEGO Worlds vehicles

I love the vehicles in the trailer. The UI could use some work, but I’m sure it will be one of the many areas TT Games looks at in the months ahead.

Let me know what you think of LEGO’s take on Minecraft. It’s pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with kids.

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