A Lego Minecraft game called ‘Brickcraft’ was prototyped and greenlit – here’s why it never happened

As Minecraft neared its full release in 2011, it was already clear that things were going well. Developer Markus ‘Notch’ Persson had many inspirations for the game, but a comparison people naturally draw is to Lego: not necessarily in all the game’s elements, but in its freeform structure and the simple pleasure of building something.

Lego itself has been involved in several projects that seem to have subsequently taken some inspiration from Minecraft, but back in 2011 it was focused on its own Lego Universe. At the same time Notch and Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan were trying to get in touch with the Lego Group: they had an idea.

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