It has been more than a decade since we saw LEGO’s first attempt to enter the MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) arena. When the LEGO Universe opened its virtual doors to the world, it made sure that players will not just have an immersive open-world sort of experience but a great soundtrack as well. And though LEGO Universe was eventually shut down in just less than 2 years, fans of the first LEGO online game will never forget the power of its music and the genius behind it. To celebrate this musical milestone, LEGO has now released a LEGO Universe 10th year anniversary playlist that features the game’s remastered soundtrack arranged by acclaimed composes Bryan Tyler.
You can listen to the LEGO Universe 10th year anniversary soundtrack through the following video. What is neat about this video/soundtrack is that it also features several video clips, concept arts, and behind-the-scenes footage of the game itself. It’s like listening to a great album while watching a documentary at the same time.
Here’s the LEGO Group’s official press statement on this commemorative soundtrack. You can also find this soundtrack on Spotify and other music and podcast streaming platforms.
Released to coincide with Hollywood composer Brian Tyler’s appearance on LEGO Games’ Bits N’ Bricks podcast.
Billund, February 24th, 2021: In December, the LEGO Group marked the 25th anniversary of its first-ever video game with the release of the popular Bits N’ Bricks podcast series. Today, the company marks another important date with the release of the fully remastered LEGO® Universe (Original Game Soundtrack) to purchase and streaming for the first time ever. The soundtrack is accompanied by three episodes of the Bits N’ Bricks podcast looking back at the game’s development, with today’s episode focusing on conversations with composer Brian Tyler, producer Richard Dekkard, as well as a brief visit from the voice of LEGO Universe: Sir Patrick Stewart.
LEGO Universe was the company’s first-ever massively multiplayer online game launched in October 2010, with a soundtrack composed by Brian Tyler and additional music by John Harman and Richard Dekkard. Now a celebrated Hollywood composer, Tyler has composed soundtracks for huge blockbuster smashes including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3. The soundtrack to LEGO Universe was the first video game soundtrack he composed following soundtracks for classic films like Constantine and The Lazarus Project. It was created with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, but due to scheduling constraints, Tyler ended up overseeing the entire recording live from a studio in Los Angeles using video and audio streaming between the countries.
The LEGO Universe theme went on to be used at the entrance at LEGOLAND® parks across the globe and proved to be very popular with fans. Despite its popularity, the soundtrack has never been available to purchase or stream until now.
As the landmark anniversary approached, Tyler and Dekkard came together to completely remaster the score, which the LEGO Group is proud to be releasing today (Wednesday, February 24th) across popular digital music stores and streaming services. The album will also be available on YouTube featuring a special behind-the-scenes video retrospective. Patrick Stewart, who served as narrator for the game, will also appear in this video.
On the remaster, Tyler said: “I’m really proud of the music and I’m proud of the game. I am asked all the time ‘Is it going to be available? and earnestly thought to myself ‘I hope it is!’ I really wanted that for the fans, so I was not going to miss a beat in terms of helping get this out there to the world.”
To hear more about LEGO Universe’s inception, creation, launch, and eventual closure, as well as other key moments in the LEGO Group’s long, rich history in digital play and video games listen to the Bits N’ Bricks podcast. Hosted by journalist Brian Crecente and documentarian Ethan Vincent, the podcast draws on over 120 interviews and explores the many facets of LEGO gaming, from unreleased projects to beloved masterpieces.
Look out for it on all popular podcast platforms, the LEGO Games anniversary website, and YouTube.
On a similar note, be sure to also check the latest LEGO Vidiyo sets that are coming soon in March. LEGO Vidiyo is the latest music and tech-powered theme that combines physical LEGO bricks and the company’s top-notch AR or augmented reality tech. But beyond the tech wow factor, LEGO Vidiyo allows younger LEGO fans to explore and create their own music while virtually interacting with a colorful and fun bunch of LEGO Vidiyo Bandmates. Be sure to check this new wave of LEGO sets over at LEGO Shop@Home.