The loooooong awaited Lego Universe game is finally ready to ship out. It is going to be released in stores this Autumn 2010 but you can preorder the game now from Lego.com.
Plus, for those who preorder Lego Group is offering some extras. For $39.99 you get the game (once it ships) and an exclusive spaceman minifig and a code card.
Does this make it worthwhile to preorder the game? It is a nice bonus but I think with games like this it’s a good idea to wait and see what the reception will be. For example, when the game Spore was coming out there was so much hype and publicity. Everyone was promoting it and it was gonna be this great thing. So I paid the 50 bucks for it when it first came out. But I was pretty disappointed with the gameplay and there wasn’t really that much of an online component. Had I waited and read more of the review after it released I probably wouldn’t have blew $50 on it.
Now the Lego Universe game may not be the same story. But I think the whole “preorder” trend in the gaming world is to get people to commit to buying a game before it comes out and people start talking about it. It is also a device that game stores use to ensure that you buy the game from them and not another competitor. Of course the Lego Universe is an MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) so even though the first month’s free, if you want to continue playing you have to get the paid subscription similar to World of Warcraft.
Here is the pricing grid for subscriptions divided by country.
Lego also released some new info about the game. Apparently there will be a digital pet component where you can design and raise your own Lego animal. This kind of reminds me of Spore too.
Also here are some new screen shots of the game play. It looks similar to previous Lego video games such as the Lego Star Wars games. I think the big difference is of course the online aspect and there will be a lot more ways to customize the world with building things out of bricks, etc.
Hopefully it will be an appealing game for not just the youngest fans of Lego. I think they are including a little bit of everything so we shall see.