Funcom, the Norwegian videogame developer best known for Anarchy Online and Age of Conan, is teaming up with LEGO to develop a massively multiplayer online game based on the LEGO Minifigures franchise. The game’s primary focus will be accessibility with Funcom and the LEGO Group working together to provide a “broad and enhanced experience” for the minifigure line. LEGO Minifigures already offers a hugely popular online experience and the game will tie into that.

If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu, there’s a reason for that. The LEGO Group teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment less than two years ago to develop and release LEGO Universe, a massively multiplayer online game centered around the LEGO universe. In the previous MMO, the player would control their own minifigure. After a poor reception, the servers were permanently shut down on January 30th, 2012.

I guess the LEGO Group thinks Funcom is a better fit, which is why their retreading the same basic idea just five months after the failure of the last attempt. Hopefully there’s more to this new game that will distinguish it from its predecessor.

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– Funcom signs license agreement with the LEGO Group to develop MMO game based on the hugely popular LEGO® Minifigures line of collectible play materials –

Durham, USA – June 28th, 2012 – Funcom, a world leading independent developer and publisher of online games, is excited to announce that the company has signed a license agreement with the LEGO Group, one of the world’s most successful manufacturers of play materials, to develop a massively multiplayer online game based on the hugely popular LEGO® Minifigures franchise.

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. 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 based on the LEGO® Minifigures franchise will focus on maximum accessibility. Funcom and the 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 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.”

For more information about Funcom please visit More information about LEGO® Minifigures can be found on the official website.


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