Funcom, the creators of MMOs including The Secret World, Anarchy Online, and Age of Conan, have something new up their sleeve—a LEGO MMO. The developers just announced they signed an agreement with LEGO Group “to develop a massively multiplayer online game based on the hugely popular LEGO® Minifigures franchise.”
The game will likely include worlds and settings that aren’t limited by time or location. A press release notes, “LEGO® Minifigures are the inhabitants of an unimaginable number of spectacular creations put together by both kids and grown-ups over the past several decades. Whether it is a knight in shining armor, a brave firefighter or just an oddball in a gorilla suit, these figures breath life into elaborately constructed cities, castles and even space stations around the world.”
From the sounds of it, they’re going for broad market appeal, and so the game will be easy to pick up and play, and will likely not have any type of complex still trees or anything else of the sort. They state, “The massively multiplayer online game that Funcom will develop based on the LEGO® Minifigures franchise will focus on maximum accessibility.”
The game will be integrated into LEGO Minifigures online, which already gets millions of unique visitors each month. It notes that Funcom and LEGO Group “will work together to make the game available to consumers in their online channels and will be coordinating activities to provide a broad and enhanced experience for the product line.”
“The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas, in the press release.
“This is source material we all know and love and we simply cannot wait to get started working with the LEGO Group on realizing this exciting project,” Aas said.