Good news for Lego fans! Funcom is bringing the highly successful line of LEGO minifigures into the massively multiplayer online realm of gaming.
Licensing agreement has been struck between the MMO specialist and LEGO, paving the way back to a LEGO based MMO release after the LEGO Universe MMO was closed down end of last year.
This time round, LEGO Minifigures focuses on the inhabitants of an unimaginable number of spectacular creations both kids and grown-ups cover the past several decades can put together.
Whether it be 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. The LEGO Group estimates that 340 million minifigures will be produced in 2012 (including minifigures not part of the LEGO Minifigures collectibles).
The massively multiplayer online game that Funcom will develop is based on the LEGO Minifigures franchise with focus on maximum accessibility. The game will be a prominent part of the LEGO Minifigures online experience which already has millions of unique visitors per month.
“The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. “Being able to work with a world-renowned brand such as the LEGO brand to develop an MMO for this audience is incredibly exciting to us as game developers and for Funcom as a company. 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.”
Not much details are available at this time since it’s still very early days, however with Funcom at the helm I think it’s safe to say LEGO Minifigures MMO should do better than LEGO’s prior MMO outing.