Its over guys. (Psst, new ideas, READ)

Looks as though our adventure is coming to an end. Lu will be no more in 3 months. D:

Hello Adventurers,

We are very sad to announce that LEGO Universe will be closing on Janurary 31, 2012. This was a very difficult decision to make, but unfortunately LEGO Universe has not been able to attract the number of members needed to keep the game open.

We are thankful to have had the opportunity to share this adventure wiith an amazing community of players. We hope you will continue to enjoy LEGO Universe for the last few months. As a thank you, if you are a paying subscriber on December 31, 2011, we will provide you the full game for the final month for free.

Again, we want to thank the fantastic community of players who made LEGO Universe such a vibrant, fun and creative experience.

(You can discuss this article on the message boards)

Sincerely,

The LEGO Universe Team

A more in-depth article from BrickJournal:

November 4, 2011 – The LEGO Group today announced that it will close LEGO® Universe, an MMOG (massively-multiplayer online game) that has been in operation since the autumn of 2010.

In spite of very positive player feedback and a large number of players in the free play zone, it has not been possible to convert a satisfactory number of players to paying subscribers. It has therefore been decided to close the game as of January 31, 2012.

“The LEGO Universe team can take pride in having developed and launched a great LEGO experience that many players will miss,” said Jesper Vilstrup, Vice President, LEGO Universe. “Right now, we have almost 2 million players in LEGO Universe, and we get extremely positive feedback from players. Unfortunately, we have not been able to build a satisfactory revenue model in our target group, and therefore, have decided to close the game.”

Despite the change, the ambition to develop and run a digital business remains. In future, it is the intention to further pursue cooperation with partners. The LEGO Group has a strong and continuing partnership with TT Games & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create digital LEGO experiences within video games. A further expansion in the digital area will mainly be based on similar partnerships.

“The development of our digital offerings continues to be a very important element in our strategy,” said Mads Nipper, Executive Vice President, LEGO Group. “We have more than 20 million visitors on www.LEGO.com every month, and LEGO video games are among the bestselling children’s video games with sales of more than 60 million units in the last five years. Through our experience developing and running LEGO Universe, we have gained a lot of valuable insights, and we have a very strong foundation for future development in the digital area.”

As a consequence of the closure, the LEGO Universe staff has today been informed that the ‘Play Well Studios’ in Louisville, Colorado and the game’s marketing function in Billund, Denmark will be closed. This will affect 115 employees. All affected employees will be offered assistance in finding new jobs inside or outside the LEGO Group.

Now, if LEGO will not way in their decision, I have a back up plan for all of us to stay a community:

All this talk of not keeping in touch got me thinking. What about Steam? Steam has a whole bunch of fun games we could all join as a group, like Portal, DC Universe, Minecraft(not an official steam game, but can be linked) and Team Fortress 2. Plus, we can all join a group, which I have made, called the LEGO Universe Refugees, where we can all get together and chat and play games, link here: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/LUforever

If you don’t know about/have steam, you can download it here: http://store.steampowered.com/about/
You can join us at this link: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/LUforever
Or you can friend me, HuntheUniverse, on Steam and get in contact with me. Our group currently has a lot of members.

Join it! Its our community together again!

 

Ninjago, Masters of Spinjitsu! Is coming soon to LEGO universe!

The Ninjago Monastery is under attack and Sensei Wu needs your help! Skeletons, armed with weapons forged of Maelstrom ore mined from Crux Prime, are attacking the Ninjago Monastery. You will need to learn the four new forms of Spinjitzu and gain the four Golden Weapons to ward off the skeleton assault.
Ninjaaaaa GO! In LEGO Universe!

Over 100 new Missions, plus new Achievements and Daily Missions makes the Ninjago Monastery one of the biggest zones to come to LEGO Universe. It’s so big, you will want to harness the power of Spinjitzu to travel! Seek out Cole, Jay, Kai and Zane and prove that you are worthy of learning the new four versions of Spinjitzu!
Epic outfits

The Skeletons’ master, Lord Garmadon, has only one goal – capturing the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu! You will need to explore the caves beneath the Monastery and face a horde of Skeletons, including Chopov, Bonesai, and Krazi to secure these weapons and use them to push the Skeletons back! Finally, take on Frakjaw in a 2 to 4 player battle to the end!

With new Missions, Achievements, a memorable cast of characters, new gear and new game features, the Ninjago Monastery has countless hours of game play for every LEGO Universe player. There is so much to do in the Ninjago Monastery; we had to raise the level cap to 45!

Get ready to take on Lord Garmadon’s massive army of Skeletons and new challenges!

Discuss the upcoming Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu update on the message boards!

Wow! This is going too be great, and its awesome that there will be five more levels. Those Fire and ice outfits look great, and there will be a new boss instance! This article leaves us with only one question: When?

And in an LU related note, did anyone else receive random membership rewards?

-HuntheUniverse

Prepare to Save Nimbus Plaza! (And Frostburgh’s Leave of Absence…)

UPDATE 2: New video has been released!
(Thanks Hobino)
Click here to watch it! (YouTube)

UPDATE: Robot City is officially coming out at the same time! FINALLY! :D

Ah, Nimbus Plaza. A most beloved place for minifigures to
converse, trade, chat… but wait! It seems Nimbus Plaza is under
attack! No, not now – in the past!

You have probably heard
stories about the legendary battle of Nimbus Station. The conniving
Stromlings hid behind Minifigure cutouts in order to trap the brave
heroes of the Nexus Force. Soon, it will be your turn to defend
Nimbus Plaza and help preserve the present! On February 23, travel
back to a less friendly version of the Nimbus Station you know so
well. Fight 30 waves of fierce, Maelstrom-infected enemies. The
more of them you manage to smash, the harder it is going to get!
Ultimately, you will have to cross swords with the Four Riders of
the Maelstrom. Defeat them to save Nimbus Plaza! When the time
comes, scout out Nexus Force time traveler Wenn Wuzzit.

He will be looking
after the dizzying time-twister located in Nimbus Station near the
launch pad for Avant Gardens.

The Battle of Nimbus Station
is not a one-Minifigure sort of operation. The dangerous 4-player
battle instance will require tons of strategy, cooperation and
consumables if you want to make it through unsmashed! Prepare for
this battle instance by improving your teamwork in Crux Prime!
Undeterred by the battle, Dr. Overbuild continues to build Nexus
Tower and the new bank. While they are under construction, make
sure to kick some Maelstrom-infected butt in this new Nimbus
Station combat instance and turn the tide of battle! Polish your
skills, so you’ll be ready for the Battle of Nimbus Station weekend
contest in March. As the days change to weeks, Frostburgh moves
further and further away from Nimbus Station. Make sure to stash
enough snow balls to make it through the summer. Snowball fights in
the fiery pits of Caldera Mar can be very refreshing on a hot
summer’s day! On February 23, Frostburgh will be a frozen comet
once again, traveling far from the reach of your Minifigure
rockets. This weekend, however, you can participate in the
last Space
Blizzard race contest
of this season! Rev up your Choo
Choo Charger and race for glory and amazing Ninjago prizes! Check
back in a few days for information on the new Model Sets that will
be available with the Battle of Nimbus Station release.

All for now…

LegoFan101~
PS. Check
out our friends from the LU Secrets Podcast as they live stream
TONIGHT at 8:00 PM (EST)
! (Time subject to change, stay tuned
here
for updates.)

Teams Feature Detailed!

If you were in early/mid Beta, you might recall a button that would appear when interacting with another player. That button was the Teams button, but for the duration of Beta, it was disabled. Later on, it was completely removed, aside form certain instances.

When Crux Prime was announced, however, it was confirmed that the Teams Feature would be making a comeback, and now the feature has been detailed.

The amount of players you can add is a bit disappointing, but the rest is pretty cool.

Check out the official post:

“When the epic battle of Crux Prime begins on the 11th of February, it will be a very good idea to team up with your fellow Minifigures. The powerful Crux Prime enemies are freshly spawned from the Maelstrom cloud just off Crux Prime’s edge. Whether Sentinel, Assembly, Venture League or Paradox, everybody must work together to defeat the ominous Maelstrom and the bone-rattling Skeletons!
The best way to survive on Crux Prime is to form a team with the new Teams function! You can team up with your friends, or with other brave Minifigures you encounter on the battlefield. Start a Team by walking up to another Minifigure. Then press the Ctrl-button when you’re close enough and look for the ‘Invite to Team’ icon on the drop-down menu to the right. Click on it to send a team invitation. When the other player accepts, you’re teamed up. Each Team can include up to 4 players!

The Minifigure who starts the team becomes the team leader and gets to choose whether the team shares loot or if loot is free for all. When you share the loot you find, everyone on the team gets an equal part of the good stuff you collect, one at a time. When loot is set to free for all, you can help each other defeat enemies, doing missions and building bouncers, but you get to keep all the items you pick up yourself. Teams only last for one play session, or until you decide you don’t want to play in that team anymore.

In addition to using the Team function, you can also help other players on the battlefield simply by using your Imagination! Shield Generators have been located in strategic locations around Crux Prime, but they require 60 Imagination points to Quick Build. Obviously that is more Imagination than it is possible for a single Minifigure to acquire, so helping each other build them is the only option! Certain Quick Build bouncers will also require teamwork and masterful coordination!

And remember, there’s no I in Team, but there are three in Imagination!”

Hopefully this will include a way to stay on the same sub-servers as your teammates, but it remains possible that this will still be a problem, so don’t get your hopes up…

All for now…

LegoFan101~

New Skeleton Pet, Rockets… AND LARGE AVANT GARDENS PROPERTY!

Hey guys!

Well, guess what? It turns out that with the release of Crux Prime, we’ll get access to a new pet, new rockets – and the ALL NEW LARGE AVANT GARDENS PROPERTY!

Read the post below for the details!

 

Dear Builders of the Universe,

While the Skeletons on Crux Prime may seem quite fearsome at first, we’ve discovered that we can actually use the bones they leave behind!

First, seek out the wise Sensei Wu in the mysterious Monastery Ruins on Crux Prime. He will challenge you with a mission to find and tame a Skeleton Dragon Pet. It may look ugly, but it is especially helpful for digging up certain buried bones!

Mardolf the Orange, clever wizard that he is, has learned how to fashion these bones into wonderful and frightening creations!

How frightening, you ask? Well just imagine the screams when you land in Nimbus Station on a Starskull, Terror Comet or Morbid Orbit rocket! Or as you go tearing through Keelhaul Canyon in the Fright Speed race car! And if you really want to bone up on your building skills, seek out the terrifying Skeleton Model Set hidden throughout Crux Prime!

Finally, if you’re looking for a place to unleash these fresh new horrors, might I suggest the new, larger Avant Grove Property? It’s sized for those of you with big Imaginations – and the bricks to match! And who knows, maybe those blue skies and green grass might make a towering Skeleton Fortress actually seem livable!

The best way to overcome the Maelstrom menace and the Skeletons is to keep building and use your Imagination!

Dr. Overbuild,
Assembly Faction Leader.

 

Well no wonder they’ve been taking so long! XD

 

All for now…

 

LegoFan101~

Crux Prime Release Date OFFICIALLY REVEALED!

Hey guys!

Well, the wait for an official release date of Crux Prime is now over! Thanks to Imaginatrix, we now know when it will be opening! And it’s not too far away, either!

Hi explorers,

The battle for Crux Prime begins on February 11th! Are you ready??

I certainly can’t wait! However, I must say it is a bit of a disappointment that we will have to wait so long. But hey – it gets here when it gets here, eh? :)

All for now…

LegoFan101~

Crux Prime Missions, Ninjago Spinjitsu Detailed – by Duke Exeter Himself!

Below is a message from Duke Exeter, which details your objectives on Crux Prime, as well as Spinjitsu itself.

“Brave Minifigures,

This is Duke Exeter. As you know, you’ll soon be able to explore a new planet, Crux Prime. It is under siege by the Maelstrom and everyone’s help is needed to push back this scourge and provide us with further intel about the largest planet in LEGO Universe.

I have received reports that a new type of enemy has appeared. Odd skeleton creatures mining Maelstrom Ore from Crux Prime’s crust! When you land at Sentinel Point Zeta, your first objective is to investigate the new skeletal menace in the Maelstrom Quarry.

Afterwards, I need you to go to the Ruins of the Ninjago Monastery. Wise Sensei Wu has a bone to pick with the Skeletons, since they drove the Ninja away from their home planet called Ninjago. The Sensei will train you in the ancient Ninja art of Spinjitzu!

Be careful on your new missions – Nexus Force weaponry is only half its usual power when you’re battling the dreaded Skeletons. You will need to learn Spinjitzu to make it in one piece!

Once you’ve mastered the mystical Spinjitzu technique, you will be capable of spinning faster and faster until turning into a whirling vortex of Imagination sweeping across the battleground! Keep in mind that there is a charge-up to the Spinjitzu attack – while charging you’ll be vulnerable to enemy attacks. Unleash the Imagination Spinjitzu!

A few pieces of advice: You should start preparing yourself– these missions will require lots of Imagination. Team up with your fellow Minifigures – you will need to help each other overcome this powerful enemy.

Good luck and be brave!

Duke Exeter,
Sentinel Faction Leader”

Are you guys ready? I am! Or… at least I think I am…

All for now…

LegoFan101~

Crux Prime is Coming Soon – With New Gear!

UPDATE: IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DUKE EXETER!

Hey guys!

Well, yesterday was a big day – if you like BIG news, that is.

The picture above is the first view of Crux Prime that we minifigures have ever seen – excluding Mythrans, of course.

Crux Prime is the largest of the chunks formed by Crux’s explosion. It is the site of the upcoming Nexus Tower – as well as a MAJOR battle between minifigure and Maelstrom.

The full story can be read below:

The Nexus Force has discovered a sinister presence on Crux Prime – skeletons mining what appears to be a Maelstrom Ore. The Nexus Force is calling on the bravest and most powerfully equipped Minifigures to help push back this new menace.

Rank 3 weapons and gear will not be powerful enough – how will you defeat this foe? An old Monastery can be found on Crux Prime, and its owner, Sensei Wu, can teach willing students a new form of combat – Spinjitzu!

Check LEGOUniverse.com regularly, as we will be posting more updates including information on new missions, gear, and a new way to play with your friends – in teams!

So, to recap, here’s what you can expect to see once the update goes live:

  • New World – Crux Prime
  • New Gear – custom-colored Faction gear
  • New Re-released Way to Play – Teams! (FINALLY!)
  • New Missions
  • New Attacks – Spinjitsu
  • New NPC’s – including Sensei Wu

I’m pretty excited about this, aren’t you?

Check out the OFFICIAL Crux Prime promo video after I get back from actually uploading it. XD

All for now…

LegoFan101~

Venture Explorer is Returning!

Okay… not exactly what I’m sure we all wanted, per say, but either way, the Venture Explorer is coming back – with new missions and gear! This WILL be permanent, and you will be able to visit the Venture Explorer at ANY time you wish! :D
(Thanks for the heads up, Elementron. :))

Not in the holiday spirit? That’s okay! The Nexus Force need you to return to the Venture Explorer to find some data files. The only problem? The Maelstrom has overtaken the crippled vessel.

Once you have completed Sky Lane’s missions, she will ask you to return to the Venture Explorer. Epsilon Starcracker is already on board and needs your help retrieving critical data.

After completing his Missions, return each day for a Daily Mission for more rewards! Expect a challenge; the Return to Venture Explorer is a challenge for higher-ranking Nexus Force members. The Maelstrom will not give up the Venture Explorer’s secrets easily.

In addition to new Missions, Achievements and gear, the original Venture Explorer Achievements are available if you did not complete them! Return to Venture Explorer next week!
and will stay around for only a few months. Make it part of your holiday tradition! (Original post error.)

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