In Funcom’s Third Quarter Financial Report, they released some new information on the upcoming LEGO Minifigures Online game. You can read the entire report here:
Here is a quick text summary of what the report said (if you couldn’t see the pictures).
- The project is on schedule and the team working on the game met all major deliveries during the 3rd quarter
- Delivered a significant amount of features and content primarily focused on useability and new player experience respectively
- In September DeLevie Group Research conducted focus testing of the game in New York. The results of the focus testing were extremely positive.
- Tablet version of the game remains on schedule with first playable to be delivered in December
- Invitations to first externals to participate in the closed beta phase will be sent this week.
- In August Funcom had the first public reveal of the game at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. Initial feedback has been very positive.
Funcom conduced a Focus Group testing and god some positive feedback from boys 8-10. Feedback proved positive.
Funcom also mentioned a “Project LEGO 2″ on the Mobile and Tablet page of the report. I do not know if this is referring to LEGO Minifigures Online, or another game they are making. If this “Project LEGO 2″ is the “Project A” from the Q3 2012 report, then it will be a Free-to-Play MMOG.
“Project A: Funcom has signed a letter of intent with a major gaming company for a license involving a strong brand, fitting very well with the strategy for the Company going forward”
What do you think? Are you excited that Beta invites will be sent this week? Discuss it in the Comments below, or on the official LUN Forum topic here:
Last week, The LEGO Movie released new posters of the LEGO Movie! Today, they released the official box art for The LEGO Movie Videogame. Check them out below! They have also released lots of cool information and new sets on their website on LEGO.com.
Today on Funcom’s Twitter page, they sent out a tweet giving a link to register for the closed beta of LEGO Minifigures Online! Don’t miss out on your change to be in beta, sign up today!
(If you cannot see the above tweet for any reason, the link to register is http://www.playminifigures.com )
According to their website, they will have a closed beta now, and an open beta prior to launching the game.
In preparation of a new The LEGO® Movie trailer coming out November 1st (which we will be sure to cover!), Warner Brothers has been uploading short (around 30 second) almost character bio trailers. So far, they have done Emmit, Wyldstyle, President Busines, Metal Beard, and Batman, and should be posting one of Vitruvius before long. They are interesting, to say the least, and show off a bit more of the movie.
I really cannot wait for it to come out. I think this movie will be great! So, are you going to watch The LEGO® Movie in theaters or hold off until the DVD/Blu-Ray release, and which one of the trailers is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. Check out the official movie website!
UPDATE: The official trailer is now released! I was wrong about it coming out on November 1st, it actually came out today.
Watch the trailers!
On October 26, 2010, the official public launch of LEGO Universe happened. It was a joyous occasion for many, as they started a new adventure as a minifigure in a vast Universe of imagination and creativity. For some though, it was just a re-start and continuation of their adventure, for they had already made friends and had adventures in Alpha and Beta. LEGO Universe lived and thrived for just over a year, when the announcement of it’s closure struck, on November 4th 2011: just 9 days after it’s first birthday. On January 31, 2012, LEGO Universe closed. There was much sorrow, but now we can look back upon it and celebrate the great times we did have, and no longer feel sad, as long as we look back on the good things.
Today, October 26, 2013 is LEGO Universe’s 3rd Birthday (can you believe it’s been 3 years already?). Since I was a beta tester from the beginning, for me, it is more like it’s fourth birthday, because I started playing in March 2010 (and I was on the Creation Lab even before that!). In honor of LEGO Universe’s Birthday, I have created a render. This render does not show everything about LEGO Universe (because there is far too many things to showcase in one little render!), but it shows some of the greatness of the game. Please enjoy it, set it as your desktop wallpaper, share it with your friends.
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\Now, I’m not going to include anything about there being any replacements with the LEGO Minifigures Online or LEGO Legends of Chima Online games, or even Minecraft, because there truly is no replacement for LEGO Universe. May the memories live on!
Answer the Call, Save Imagination!
Today, massively.joystiq.com interviewed the Producer (Lawrence Poe) and Designer (Oscar López Lacalle) about the new upcoming MMOG, LEGO Minifigures Online. I have re-posted the interview here, but if you want, you can visit the original post:
Massively: Funcom had a rough year with downsizing and a team merge that affected all three of its extant MMOs. What made Funcom think now was the right time to tackle a new MMO? What will the impact be on the other MMOs in Funcom’s stable?
Lawrence Poe: We announced and began preproduction on LEGO Minifigures Online prior to the launch of The Secret World. The team needs were outlined before the downsizing took place and were factored into those decisions. The other MMOs are being supported and updated by our talented Live Team in our North Carolina studio, while LEGO Minifigures Online is being developed in the Oslo studio. The biggest impact the projects have on each other is that we all work from the same tech base, which we’ve been building upon and fine-tuning over several years and has powered all of our MMOs, so any improvements one team does to the tech can be adopted by the other, which is a win-win for everybody.
It’s impossible to avoid comparisons to the now-defunct LEGO Universe, which initially sported a subscription fee that was prohibitive to the family audience. How will this new take on a LEGO MMO differ from the earlier on in terms of business model and creative design? On what points is it the same?
(With guest writer, Unitx10!)
If you are reading this on the LEGO Universe News Blog, you have no doubt seen that we have a new mascot. This mascot has a baseball cap, red hair wears a green sweater and hopefully won’t change his outfit every year like other Lego mascots I could mention! (Max!) Any how, this new mascot has no name! *GASP* “How on earth can we have a mascot without name?” you may ask. The answer, YOU CAN”T! Now don’t be asking me how this came to be, because I don’t have a clue. But, today I am pleased to say that I have a solution! Rio has finally allowed me to name our mascot! Well, ok, not quite. But I am pleased to announce the official naming contest for the die hard Lego Universe News Forum/Blog community type group mascot thingy! (That was an interesting sentence to write! :P)
To enter the naming contest for our mascot all you have to do is reply to this post or the corresponding forum topic with your name idea.
The final name will be chosen by our own Rioforce! Please only enter one name total. That does not mean one name on the forum and one on the blog; I mean just one, so make it good!
Now I don’t want this to drag on for too long so all entries must be in by November 1st.
Forum Topic Link (coming soon)
Long Live the Legend!