Lego offers up its own competitor to “Minecraft” | Hayley Tsukayama |

Minecraft is getting some new competition from a very familiar company: Lego.

The brick-maker announced Monday that it’s releasing “Lego Worlds,” an online title that emulates the open “sandbox” feel of Minecraft, the game so beloved that Microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion last year. (It also features blocky graphics similar to Minecraft’s, but given that many people have described Minecraft’s look as “Lego-like,” that seems only logical.)


“Lego Worlds” is available to play Monday, by way of the digital distribution platform Steam, albeit in an early testing phase. According to the game’s Web site, the company plans to have the game in early access through 2015. Next year, Lego will look at what it’s learned and figure out when it should launch a full “Worlds” release.


Trying out the game costs $15; prospective customers will need to have a Steam account to purchase the game.


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