|Release date(s)||Second Half of 2010|
|Mode(s)||Massively multiplayer online game|
|Rating(s)||ESRB: Rating Pending (RP)|
|Media||DVD or download|
|System requirements||* Windows Vista or XP Service Pack 2
|Input methods||Keyboard, mouse|
Lego Universe is an upcoming massively multiplayer online game being developed by NetDevil. It is planned be released in the second half of 2010. It is delayed from original estimates of 2009, late November 2008, and mid-2008. This is the first Lego computer game sold in which players can connect and play online. The game is currently in the Closed Beta stage of testing.
Lego Universe takes place in an alternate universe populated by Lego minifigures. Many years ago, a team of minifigures went off to seek the Last Essence of Pure Imagination. Once they found it, Baron Typhonus used the imagination to create a giant chaotic spider. It takes him into the source of Pure Imagination and creates a dark force known as the Maelstrom. Now, great plans are in place to push back the power of the Maelstrom, and restore harmony to the universe. Players will join together to help the people of the Lego Universe battle the Maelstrom and its Darkling army.
These characters were revealed on the Lego Universe official website.
These characters have been revealed through My Lego Network on the Lego website.
These characters were revealed in The Great Minifig Mission game on the Lego Universe website.  As they are only part of the promotion they are not necessarily going to appear in the game.
The gameplay of Lego Universe is similar to that of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Its character creator will allow even more character customization than those available in previous Lego games. New parts for customizing can be unlocked as you play the game. There will not be any experience points or character leveling. Instead, statistics will be determined by a character's equipment. Weapons, which can be bought from NPCs and earned from quests, will determine your attack strength, attack speed and give special abilities.
While playing, there are two major statistic bars: health and imagination. The health bar shows the player's current health. If a player loses all of their health, they become broken and must be rebuilt. Imagination is required to build models.
The game offers many different opportunities to build with Lego bricks. There will be three building modes:
All creative aspects of the game that can be seen by anyone are moderated before they are made visible. Once a creation has been made, it is sent to a server, where it is changed from multiple brick objects to a single gameplay object. This allows the creation to be interactive and move about the world. From there, it is moderated, and sent back to the game, where it is instantly available. The exact duration of time this takes is not known, though in demonstration video footage it appears to be less than 30 seconds. Player names are also moderated.
It has been confirmed that there will be several worlds, between which the main method of travel will be a rocket ship the player builds. The only worlds currently known are "Avant Gardens", "Gnarled Forest", and "Pet Rock", all of which were mentioned in the CES 2010 videos. In an article about the game that can be found in the March 2010 Game Informer, the editors asked NetDevil if there would the presence of licenced franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter in Lego Universe, and the team only stated "Not at launch". While there has been no confirmation upon this, it remains a possibility.
Lego Universe will be cooperatively played with others to accomplish in-game tasks. Each player's account will be linked to their 'My Lego Network' account, where awards, equipment and player achievements will be showcased. The currency of the game will be plastic, which can be used to buy Lego bricks. The game will have both quests and achievements.
Players will also be able to tame pets, which can help you achieve various goals.
There will be two types of competitions: Player vs. Environment and Player vs. Player. Player vs. Environment will allow you to battle creatures and explore the environment, while Player vs. Player will put you against yourself or others in intense games of skill. There will also be certain quests that require many people to cooperate in order to complete.
The original trailer, leaked around early 2008, showed early concepts of the game. These include character customization using the traditional Lego method, a workshop where a car is created from Lego bricks, a Lego city populated with sets from numerous different themes, and a short theatrical battle between an eye-patched Lego minifigure and a "Darkling". In January 2010, six new gameplay videos, an interview, and another trailer were shown at CES 2010 and released on the internet.
In November 2009, a website for the fictional "Bradford-Rant Institute for Cosmic Kinesis" was linked on the Lego Universe web page. The institute was supposedly tracking seven Lego "Pods", which landed in various parts of the United States and Europe. Fans could track and find these pods, all of which landed between November 2009 and early January 2010. Once a pod was found, its data was put up on the Bradford-Rant page. After all of the Pods were found, a new trailer for Lego Universe and the tagline for the game, "Answer the Call: Save Imagination," was released. The Bradford Rant promotion then migrated into "The Great Minifig Mission" promotion in which Lego account holders complete missions in order to help minifigs enter the universe. A player achieves pioneer status when he helps 5000 minifigs, but as of yet this has no consequence. There is also a timer that ends on April 2, 2010, at 12:00pm midnight, GMT, which is April 1 at 8:00pm ET. 
The first stage of testing for Lego Universe was the Alpha Test, which ended in February 2010. Players consisted exclusively of members of the Lego Kids' Inner Circle who got an invitation.
The February issue of the Lego Universe newsletter contained a link to the Beta page of Lego Universe, at which subscribers are able to sign up for a chance to be in the Beta Test. Members of My Lego Network on Lego.com also received a message inviting them to the Beta sign ups. In March, the Lego Universe website posted a link on an article directly to the Beta sign ups.
The Closed Beta test of Lego Universe began on March 4, 2010, with non-Alpha players joining on the 11th. Over the course of this testing round, more, non-Alpha testers will be gradually invited to play.
The March/April 2010 issue of Lego Club magazine confirmed that a pre-order will open "soon".