LEGO Minifigures Online has surfaced from its long silence.
LEGO Minifigures Online is a Funcom MMO first announced in August 2013. It has been in open beta for some time but clearly missed its initial release date of late 2014, as the launch trailer has only just popped up.
Looking over the website, it seems a lot has changed since early testing. The game is now available for a one time ticket price with no membership or microtransactions (although mobile users must buy each world individually). A new, narrated story mode unlocks new minifigures as the player progresses, and loads of new and improved content, events, transformaitons and bos battles have been added.
All progress has been carried forward, and anybody who bought microtransaction content has been given the full game. A pretty decent way of handling the sometimes painful transition across the free-to-play border – and interesting that Funcom went in the reverse of the usual direction.
I had forgotten all about this project until every recently when some details of LEGO Universe’s dick detection reminded me that LEGO MMOs once existed, and that one might conceivably continue to exist.
Poor old Funcom might have shot itself in the foot by dragging the chain on this one; LEGO Minifigures Online has plenty of competition nowadays, as LEGO appears to have gone a bit crazy and started releasing a game every few months. Even putting aside TT Games’ regular tie-ins like Jurassic World, there’s LEGO Dimensions (toys to life) and LEGO Worlds (Minecraft-alike).