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LEGO Minifigures MMO coming from Funcom

The last attempt to build a LEGO MMO, LEGO Universe, didn't turn out so well and shut down after only fifteen months. Undeterred, The Secret World developer Funcom announced today it has licensed the rights to make a LEGO MMO, based on the weird and wonderful LEGO Minifigures.

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The last attempt to build a LEGO MMO, LEGO Universe, didn't turn out so well and shut down after fifteen months. Undeterred, The Secret World developer Funcom announced today it has licensed the rights to make a LEGO MMO of its own, based on the weird and wonderful LEGO Minifigures franchise.

The MMO will "focus on maximum accessibility," Funcom said in the announcement, and be "a prominent part of the LEGO Minifigures online experience." As for what it actually is, though, that's a mystery.

LEGO Minifigures, if you've missed the collectible craze, are simply little LEGO people, sold individually in opaque packets so you don't know what you're buying. As they don't need to fit into any particular set, Minifigures include hippies, bagpipers, knights, astronauts, computer programmers, punks, rappers, leprechauns, and other varied things.

"The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential," Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas said. "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."

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    June 28, 2012 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, LEGO Minifigures MMO coming from Funcom.

    The last attempt to build a LEGO MMO, LEGO Universe, didn't turn out so well and shut down after only fifteen months. Undeterred, The Secret World developer Funcom announced today it has licensed the rights to make a LEGO MMO, based on the weird and wonderful LEGO Minifigures.

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      June 28, 2012 7:07 AM

      Why? Doesn't even seem worth doing after the last LEGO MMO.

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      June 28, 2012 7:26 AM

      If done right, and I mean it better be MP Lego Minecraft, it might do amazingly well.

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        June 28, 2012 4:23 PM

        Yeah, a massive open-world lego set with every lego piece ever made?! That could be a friggin blast! They could have different regions (zones) for the different themes of legos... pirate zone... space zone... fantasy land... There is so much possibility here if somebody could do it right.

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          June 28, 2012 8:19 PM

          Yep, and you could build what you like where you like. I'd build a big pirate ship underground in a cavern with water like the Goonies :D

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            June 28, 2012 8:52 PM

            It would be like Minecraft with more variety... that sounds awesome. Now I want to play that game... if that game is THIS game.

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      June 28, 2012 9:17 AM

      its its F2P, it might hold on

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      June 28, 2012 9:42 AM

      First LEGO game failed.

      Second game is being made by Funcom.

      My hopes are not high.

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      June 28, 2012 9:44 AM

      to be fair, Lego Universe had some good ideas, but also some terrible implementation

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      June 28, 2012 9:50 AM

      I played the Lego MMO some but got tired of it. A open world Lego game would be cool.

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      June 28, 2012 2:21 PM

      If it's not F2P, then they're wasting their time.

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      June 28, 2012 8:33 PM

      I stopped reading at funcom. Its doomed