Video game developer Funcom, known for MMOs like The Secret World and Age of Conan, has announced that it is working with the LEGO Group in order to create a massively multiplayer online game that is based on the Minifigures line of toys from the company.
The Minifigure line includes a number of toys that can be stripped down and rebuilt in a variety of ways, with more than 340 million of them produced during 2012.
The LEGO Minifigures MMO that Funcom is set to create will be focused on accessible gameplay and ease of use, but neither of the two companies was willing to offer actual details about the gameplay or the business model the game will use.
Trond Arne Aas, who is the chief executive officer at Funcom, has stated when the announcement was made, “The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential.”
He added, “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.”
The LEGO Group has previously worked with Warner Bros. in order to create another MMO, called LEGO Universe, which was launched during 2010.
The game allowed players to use bricks in order to create and customize characters that could go on quests and interact with those of other gamers.
Despite a constant stream of content, an updated LEGO Universe
was closed down on the last day of January 2012.
Funcom is currently putting the finishing touches on The Secret World, set to arrive during this year.