Minecraft is basically just playing LEGO online. That was pretty much everyone's first thought at seeing it. Well now LEGO is making actual LEGO online. It's called LEGO Worlds and it's available (in a beta form) .
Unlike the most recent LEGO games that are story-based games on the many, many propreties in LEGO's collection (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Batman, Harry Potter, you name it), LEGO Worlds is the online equivalent of having a bottomless bucket of bricks and playing with them in a procedurally generated world. The trailer (below), shows off a whole ton of possibilities, including all kinds of geometric shapes that square-blocked Minecraft could hardly hope to duplicate. Couple that with support for vehicles, the ability to build with chunks of bricks, awesome minifig customization, and rideable ostriches, and you've got something worth salivating over.
The game is out now, but since it's an "Early Access" release, there are caveats. Online multiplayer isn't available yet, and there are bound to be other bugs and missing features until the game comes out officially sometime in 2016. But if that doesn't bother you, .
This is the first time LEGO has taken a stab at this kind of game since the ill-fated LEGO Universe, which was bogged down by the difficulty of trying to prevent users from building or seeing.... No word on how LEGO Worlds does it better (if at all), but the rest of the game looks super promising. Here's to hoping it only gets better on its way to a real release.