LEGO Minifigures MMO game details revealed

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Funcom, the publisher of the forthcoming LEGO Minifigures The Online Game, has published details and an online trailer today:

"Get ready to meet the Minifigures! Collect them all and bring them with you on grand adventures in LEGO Minifigures Online - an epic online adventure where you get to explore colourful locations such as Pirate World, Space World and Medieval World!

"Play together with thousands of other players and battle your way through monstrous riff-raff as you develop your Minifigures’ unique and powerful abilities. Smash, build and collect - thousands of exciting adventures are just a brick away in LEGO Minifigures Online!"

LEGO Minifigures Online will launch for PC, iOS and Android during the second half of 2014.

Thanks to stricks_bricks and r4-g9 for the news.

50 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Can we go on a raid as the 9 members of the Lotr fellowship ;)

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By in United States,

*Dies* Where's the beta testing? Where's the beta testing? Anybody know??

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By in United States,

Interesting. I think this might do a bit better than LEGO Universe, given the mobile platforms and I'm guessing it will cost less or perhaps be partially free-to-play.

I think it's probably not that appealing to most AFOLs, but it's a good idea.

@lego613master: LOL. I actually wouldn't mind beta testing either.

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By in Slovakia,

Looks cool but you mast play as minifig from series or your own like in Universe.

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By in United Kingdom,

Parts of the trailer really remind me of the Zelda games. So much potential for that theme...

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By in United States,

Interesting... link says android. Hey Lego I have an android device how about a beta!

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By in Canada,

Wow, I actually had a dream about something like this last night. I'm going to stop having a glass of wine right before bed from now on.

Children should love this game... too bad they're not the ones who own credit cards.

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By in United Kingdom,

Time will tell whether this is a success, it certainly seems to have more promise than LEGO Universe to me.

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By in United States,

Needs some Sci-fy.

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By in United States,

Since they mentioned special abilities and such this will probably not have a build your own character feature but is more in line like fighting games like Street Fighter etc where you choose from the various characters. It might work out somewhat like the other LEGO games where you can switch between different characters at needed times but I couldn't tell from the demo video if the multiple people running together were meant to be the multiple players or a single group like in the other LEGO games since they appeared to be running somewhat synchronized.

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By in United States,

@Ben J - I seriously doubt that the image posted is the sum total of the figures you can choose/build, not to mention they can add new figures/pieces at any time, being an online MMOG.

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By in Germany,

You are probably right, vynsane. I hadn't read this from the funcom site:

"Since 1975, LEGO has made more than 3600 different minifigures available and Funcom will continuously keep adding more and more of these for players to collect in-game! Funcom and LEGO are working closely together to blend the physical world of LEGO with the digital one; for instance players who purchase bags containing real minifigure will immediately be able to jump into the game and play with their virtual counterparts!"

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By in United States,

Just watched the trailer... other than the inclusion of recognizable real-world minifigures, I don't see how different this is from LEGO Universe. In fact, it looks like at least one build was ripped right out of LU - the "fan in a circle on the ground" that presumably shoots you to a higher plateau when you jump on it.

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By in United States,

@ChicoCheco Awesome that LEGO does that :D That was a few years before my time.

I wonder whats the special ability of the Sleepy Head figure is? :p

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By in Germany,

LEGO Universe has been resurrected. Hurray for everyone. :P
Hope it won't end up like it. Having two MMOGs fail would ridicule the company. :/

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By in Denmark,

The main difference from this to the Universe is that it seems to be based on excisting products. Might be one reason why it will succeed :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I felt Lego universe was just mishandled, perhaps this will be better but the 'science' of existing Lego video games may prove a consistent template for fun play, storytelling and building within a map.

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By in United States,

This game looks interesting. I'm excited to learn more about it, though I likely won't actually play it. If I had a PC with me, I might try it though.

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By in New Zealand,

I don't know how many people have read the details on FunCom's page, but you unlock minifigures by buying their real world counterparts which presumably have a code that you enter for them. Initially, i was OK with that until I realised- I own over 55 collectable minifigures and I have no codes. In other words, I have to buy repeats for ALL of them just to play them ingame, despite owning them before hand!!!! *wallet sobs* Hopefully Lego finds a way to allow pre purchased figs to be played, but I doubt it...
*Edit*No, just counted, its over 70. Being in Australia, where they are 5 dollars each, that comes to a grand total of $350. Great.

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By in United States,

@Scogali - Don't fret, that code thing is optional. I think the idea is that if you buy a minifig in the future it will have a code to INSTANTLY unlock the characters. Otherwise, you just have to spend time in-game to find or otherwise unlock them. So you really don't have to buy more stuff for codes unless you really want to.

It's not like LEGO would re-release the old series anyway, they're out of production.

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By in United States,

@Scogali - it seems to me that you can "find and collect" figures in the game AS WELL AS buy new ones that let you jump right into the game. I highly doubt they are going to re-release all 11 series' with new "unlock" codes...

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By in United States,

I signed up the newsletter and will play the hopefully-inevitable F2P version just for the hell of it. I kinda liked LEGO Universe but it was far too limited and premium didn't seem worth it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I find the whole Lego thing getting harder to follow of late. I have collected Lego all my life which is 48 years !!! I fell in love with the collectible minifigures from day 1. I have all 11 series which is 178 so far I got the br solider and the other solider with the minifigures collector book which brings me up to a total of 180 figures. It has taken a couple of years and a lot of money to get there and a feeling of pride owning limited figures that only get released once. Now with this game they are talking about codes that you can use when you purchase the minifigures you want in the game. I seem to own all the one's in the trailer ? Do I have to buy them all again ? Are they all to be released again ? What was the point of all that collecting ? Seems like such a waste of time now ? I had a go at Lego universe what a complete waste of time that was. So if Lego release the minifigures again I will sell every brick I own and turn my back on a hobby I love with a passion you make billions Lego is this something else you are going to spoil to make a few more £££££'s ? It looks to me that company's are liking the business model of sky landers get everyone to buy the figures they want or the power they need a cash cow if ever I saw one. This is a sad day.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it'll only be future series that come with codes. Nobody will be expected to go and buy series 1-12 again!

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By in United States,

They should be able to build a QR/minifigures facial recognition into the software for all of the older figures. I wouldn't think it would be too hard especially if you had a Life of George style background to place the figure on.

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By in United States,

That looks INCREDIBLE. It looks just like LEGO Universe, and heck, it even used the same music from it. I am SO PUMPED for this game!

Call me a fanboy if you want, this is going to be AWESOME!

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By in United States,

I wonder if mr. gold will be in the game

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By in United States,

I hope the DJ gameplay will be like the dubstep gun in SRIV.

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By in United States,

In the pics, it shows Minifigures from series that have already been released, albeit without any kind of code. I would probably assume that Series 1-11? are playable in-game. However, as stated, the packages previously released do not contain a known code. Does this mean that Series 1-11? are automatically playable? Will they be re-released with codes? Or is there a special identifying code, such as a barcode, or something else, that secretly exists on the packages?

And also, consider me among the ranks of the Minifigures MMOG fanboys. For now, at least. :P

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By in Canada,

I think you find them in game, and then you can play them, and it sounds like they will not re-release the series with codes...

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By in United States,

As a former LEGO Universe veteran, and seemingly the only person here on Brickset who happened to actually like the game (:P), I cannot help but find it interesting that the most common criticisms of LEGO Universe were supposed limitations on customization and building; and yet, this new MMO has so far shown us to posses not even the slightest trace of the ability to customize or build anything. I don't mean to bash a game that is still very early in development, but it seems to be a pattern that a lot of people bash LU about "not having a good enough build system" and yet every other LEGO game released in recent years has had virtually none at all. At least LEGO Universe tried and, had it been given a chance, would have been much better by now.

It all seems strange to throw away a game worked on for years and years, only to replace it with one that not only does not address the biggest complaint about LU, but in fact is in an even worse state of creative possibilities.

Though, this is what I have gathered from a single trailer and a few paragraphs of some developers. I shall reserve final judgement until I have actually played the game itself.

~bigtrainfan

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By in United States,

Well, I'm excited, and kinda dreading the time I'm gonna lose on this.

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By in United States,

It looks really great, I hope there's a FTP for a just a little bit so I can get a chance to play it since I won't be buying it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is it free to play?
i like the sound of the game also there's a Chima one coming out soon.

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By in Greece,

mr.bob - completely agree.

LEGO Universe relied too much on 'focus groups' - those 'focus groups' being kids drafted in to the Colarado offices and stuffed with sweets all day long. The feedback on the Beta was completely ignored. The developers took a brand that should have been about creativity and turned it into a game about destruction. There were two terrible, terrible design mistakes in LEGO Universe:
(1) Complete lack of level content.
(2) Even if you wanted to create something in the game, you were forced to grind away at destructive acts to earn the coins to buy the pieces to do so. On top of that, the construction system was bug-ridden and fixing it was one of the team's lowest priorities.
But these persisted because the management of the development house had their own agenda, to make a 'Warcraft Jnr.' and slap the LEGO brand on it. And despite numerous warnings, LEGO never got on top of the problems.

You only got to see the first run of fan-created levels in the actual game - they were cut back and cut back so many times from the original plans you wouldn't believe the frustration and people who dropped out along the way, and I could cry when I catch a glimpse of all the LUP content that got abandoned compared to the official content that ended up in the game.

Looking at this, in some ways it's great to see the game come back - particularly to see more LEGO-like structures in its level design - but I despair when I hear the same music and see the same jump-platform builds.

And then the first word to describe how you play the game - 'Smash' :'(

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By in Canada,

Interesting they are using the same music as they did for Lego Universe. Hope it fairs better than Lego Universe, promising that Funcom is creating it.

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By in Greece,

Um, looking at this, for me, a lot of the fun just went out of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4b3T_uOtb4

Control method seems to be left click to move to a spot, right-click to launch an attack in that direction. And overhead views all the time. No direct control of your character. This is going to bore the cr*p out of the target audience raised on console games.

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By in Taiwan,

I like CMF, but this project should be denid. It shouldn't be that they didn't try to improveLEGO Universe and remember those lessons, but just want to make another quick money based on a popular single series.

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By in Canada,

The trailer has music from LEGO Universe in it!

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By in United States,

It doesn't seem to have the cool, creative atmosphere of Lego Universe. I hope they put its soundtrack in the game, though. I liked before how you could crate your own avatar and buy weapons and gear.

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By in United States,

Yes, yes, yes, and YES! :D I was initially worried that it was going to be an exceedingly crummy game (just a worse LEGO Universe knock-off), but, in my humble opinion, this looks incredible, even better than LU in many ways. Still, like I said with LU so long ago, I hope it isn't confined to too many pre-determined paths... Oh, and they better have properties to build on.

Regardless, I award serious bonus points for using the LEGO Universe soundtrack, at least in the trailer. One of the best parts of the old game WAS the soundtrack...

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By in Canada,

Why dont they just bring back LEGO Universe and do what they are doing with TheLEGO Movie.
I think if LEGO Universe had come out with sets and a bigger advertising budget it would've worked.

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By in United Kingdom,

Something about that trailer reminded me of the original Lego videogames- Rock Raiders, Island, Racers. And that's a good thing.

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By in United States,

Am I the only one who would love for lego to re-release series 1-11? Series 6 had so much I didn't get to have and I really wanted that Mermaid from series 9. Wow, if they re-released the entire series I would be in love. Not that they would do it anyways.

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By in United States,

Yeah I haven't been able to collect hardly any minifigures so I would love it if they rereleased all the series.. Give me a chance to catch up

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By in United States,

WOOHOO!!! i sorta liked the lego universe 'cept for the fact that you had spend, spend, spend in order to advance in he game this looks WAY better!

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By in United States,

@CamLegoRET123, I agree, I didn't get ANY figs from series 1-2!

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