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Oh, And Lego Universe


One of the last of the PC showings from E3 that we’ve got around to taking a glance are those for Lego Universe. I’ve posted the lovely cinematic and some developer-chatter captured by GameTrailers below. I think it gives you a fairly good idea of what this is going to be. It’s not exactly throwing off the familiar mantle of how MMOs doing things – with quests and hitting stuff and so on – but it is still doing a fair number of things differently. Plus you get to build stuff with Lego, which is kind of special, all on its own.

I’ve messed around with the beta of this for a while, and we’re hoping to have some detailed impressions closer to release. And that release will be in October.
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Jumpgate Evolution Still Evolving


Just as memories of much-delayed space MMO Jumpgate Evolution were deleted by our brains to make room for voluminous Portal 2 hype, a trailer turns up. As is my habit, I’ve posted the thing below. It’s a look at the warlike Octavius faction. And… it’s a SHOUTY MAN TRAILER! Hooray! It’s been a while since we had one of those. For some reason it doesn’t seem to feature any in-game footage, but pictures weapons and stuff being made. I presume this is the first element in a barrage of new space-publicity for the game, which spluttered off into the remote asteroid belt of developmental uncertainty after we got to play it last year. (I notice the last news we had on this was that it was due for June 2009, which is a target I suspect they will now miss.) There’s a beta signup on the site.
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CES Lego Universe Enormo-Footage


You’re unlikely to have missed that CES was going on last week, and it coughed up a few gaming bits and pieces. One of these was a demo of the rather shiny-looking Lego Universe. The all-seeing record-o-brain of GameTrailers was there, and it delivered the five walkthrough videos you can see posted below. It shows the character creation, glimpses of the world, the importation of Lego constructs, and so on. It’s interesting that you can see a lot of the seminal Lego Star Wars design influence in there. It’s going to be for kids, it seems, but also for very big kids. A mixture of the basic run-about-smashing-stuff fun of the previous Lego games, with co-op building, competitive building, action stuff such as racing and combat, all combined with the user-generated input that Lego is clearly going to inspire in generations of plastic-brick-layers. Go take a look.
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Lego Universe Gallery


These still aren’t properly in-game, but they’re nevertheless a lovely target for Lego Universe to aim for. Apparently the idea of “build” underlies this latest release of images and, according to LEGO themselves, it “represents the power of building and customization that is core to the LEGO Universe experience.” And furthermore “players will be able to build with an abundant supply of virtual bricks. And they’ll be able to add these creations to their own personal space or to areas within the game’s diverse environments.” The game is due some time in 2010, and is being developed by NetDevil in conjunction with the toy brick geniuses themselves. Go click on the images below for full size shots.

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Lego Universe: First Images


The official Lego Universe site has some images of the game “in action”. They all look at little concept-y to me, but if it’s a rough approximation of what we can expect from the game then I’m interested. Gleaning what little we can from this shots, we can see that it’s going to have a Lego minifig spin on the traditional avatar creation and customisation, while the game is probably going to feature collaborative building projects of some kind – we can see a monument and a rocket here.

It’s also going to feature pirates and ninjas. Which makes sense. Could this be the next big thing for Lego videogames? It’s certainly intriguing, and the idea of being able to construct things from virtual Lego and then port them into the game world makes this an interesting overlap with the Second Life world-building themes that usually get left out of game-like MMOs.