Funcom releases financial update for LEGO Minifigures Online

As reported back in May, Funcom announced an update to their LEGO Minifigures Online game, changing it to a buy-to-play model in addition to other changes, including a “strong narrative” and an overall story.

Last Thursday, Funcom released a financial update on LMO.

Funcom N.V. (the “Company”) would like to provide an update regarding the launch of the LEGO Minifigures Online game and the financial situation of the Company.

LEGO Minifigures Online launched three weeks and three days ago and the Company has gathered enough information on the initial sales to provide an update. The game is currently not meeting internal revenue forecasts. This is mostly due to low sales on the PC platform.

Sales on the iOS platform have performed better, mainly due to the featuring in the Apple Store during the launch week, but as the price point of the game on this platform is lower, these additional sales are not enough to compensate for the low sales on PC for the time being.

The article went on to state that while traffic to the game’s website and app store listing increased after the game update earlier this month, the expected conversion rate has not been met, though the upcoming Halloween LEGO Minifigure series “may have an impact on the sales of the game.”

Funcom contributes the lower-than-expected sales to more limited exposure to “gaming press” and “in traditional gaming outlets” due to “among other possible factors, the fact that the game has been available since last year.”

The article also interestingly states that revenue from all of Funcom’s current games “are not expected to cover both operational expenses and the debt repayment obligations” and are working with their principle creditor “to resolve the situation in a timely manner.”


Personal observation and opinion here: it was only a matter of time before news like this came out. LMO has received much criticism and had large troubles since it’s launch in October 2014, from micro-transactions to boring gameplay and overall weak sales from the beginning. I, as well as many others, saw the buy-to-play transition as the nail-in-the-coffin for LMO, and with the undeniably massive success of LEGO® Worlds, I still feel it is only a matter of time before LMO, if not Funcom itself, is shutdown.

What is your reaction to this news? Surprised, excepted, indifferent? Let me know in the comments!

-le717

LEGO Minifigures Online Switching to Buy-to-Play

space_image_reduced_1Today, Funcom announced that LEGO Minifigures Online, the free-to-play LEGO MMOG based on the LEGO Minifigures collectables toy line, will be changing their playing and payment plan. This summer, LEGO Minifigures Online will no longer be a free-to-play game with microtransactions and membership levels, but will convert to a buy-to-play game where you must purchase the game up-front before playing. There has been no word on if players must purchase game-time to continue playing.

In addition to the buy-to-play change, Funcom mentioned that the structure of the game will be changing a bit:

…we are implementing a strong narrative, with a voiced storyteller guiding players through the game and the different worlds using cinematics and scripted events. We are also implementing unique gameplay events in the different locations that will make the worlds come even more alive, and much more.

Funcom’s CEO commented that the changes to the game should help the game be for LEGO fans of all ages.

No doubt free-to-play can be a great offering, but it is not necessarily the best option for any game. The model in itself can be challenging with a young audience, and we also saw that it had a detrimental effect on gameplay and the kids’ enjoyment of the game. As a result, we are taking the necessary steps needed to make sure we unlock the full potential of LEGO® Minifigures Online and make it an enjoyable experience for LEGO fans of all ages.

However, I am unsure if this can be believed, seeing as they have marketed LMO as a game for kids of all ages since the start:

LEGO Minifigures Online is a game for kids of all ages. Fun and easy to play for the younger ones, while still offering a deeper gameplay experience for the older ones with dungeons, boss battles, progression trees, and synergies between minifigures and their abilities.

See the link below for the FAQ.

http://www.playminifigures.com/en/news/important-information-all-players

See this link for more information:

http://www.funcom.com/news/legominifigures_online_launches_with_full_cross_platform_play_this_summer

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This major change in LEGO Minifigures online might be for the better. I see it as a move more toward how LEGO Universe operated (requiring game purchase to play, having a more cinematic story). Unfortunately, the lack of any trial of free-to-play will lose many members. Let us just hope that LEGO Minifigures Online does not suffer the same fate as LEGO Universe did 3 years ago.

Legends of Chima Online to close June 1st

As clearly stated on the LoCO homepage: and officially announced on the LEGO Message Boards:

We are sorry to tell you that the game will no longer be accessible starting June 1, 2015 at 9:00am EST both online and through our iOS app. On this date, you will no longer be able to play the game or spend any remaining Gold Bricks. Please be aware that if you have any remaining Gold Bricks, you must use them before the game goes offline on June 1, 2015 at 9:00am EST.

We hope you had a great time exploring the world of CHIMA Online.

Thank you,
The Game Team

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(Fan news) Bound – Brickfilm Epic Released

This is not official LEGO news, this is news of the LEGO fan community.

MS_Bound_dvd-storeMonitogo Studios, a sibling-started LEGO film company, has officially released their first feature film, Bound. Bound is a 49 minute stop-motion epic. Read a synopsis below:

An incredible stop motion adventure following two children and an old man on a quest to rescue their brother from the clutches of a fearsome foe. Following Zathen’s abduction by his worst enemy, his two younger siblings must learn to face unknown fears and follow the guidance of a wiser man. Amidst harsh weather, villains, and twisted backstory, the trio’s dedication to their quest will be firmly tested. Climaxing at the enemy stronghold, Bound provides an interesting and fun adventure for the family in a format and scale never before seen in brickfilm. After all, there are no holds barred when someone’s soul is on the line.bound1

Imagined and created by Greg and Monica Tull, Bound has been in the works since 2009, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2013. The film debuted at the 2015 Christian Worldview Film Festival and is now available for purchase on Monitogo Studios’ website. Currently, only a DVD copy is available, but a digital download is coming soon.

 
Visit their website: monitogostudios.com

 
You can check out the film’s trailer below:

LEGO Jurassic World – Video Game Trailer

LEGO-Jurassic-World_Screenshot_3LEGO and TT Games has teamed up once again (this time with Universal Pictures) to make a new video game. Coming June 2015, LEGO Jurassic World will be found in a video game aisle near you. The game will be available for Playstation, XBox, WiiU, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows computers. Much like LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, LEGO Jurassic World will cover all of the Jurassic Park movies, from 1993 to 2015.

You can watch the trailer here:

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Scooby Doo and Monster Minfigs

rioforce:

Jinkies!

Originally posted on The Luprechaun:

Pictures of the new Scooby Doo sets and possibly the Series 14 Minifigs have hit the net.

ru roh! new rair pieces raggy!

mmm purply….. That pumpkin is like a helmet or something?

Let’s get a closer look at these figs huh?

6 year old me just turned into a fine mist

fyi it’s a map to the key to my heart

that hair is ridigurous!

Moar hair, very surprised each principle gets a unique!

I’m guessing the head comes off? Pin connection? Great sculpt! 3mm tail?

via: http://toynewsi.com/news.php?itemid=24093

Here’s some possible Series 14 Minifigs that are timed to be released for Halloween. Seems legit if not shady at the same time huh

via http://www.hothbricks.com/2015/01/71010-collectible-minifigures-series-14-premieres-images/

Ok gang! If it wasn’t for these meddling minifigs I’d actually be getting stuff done so I’m out

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