IGN has released a new trailer for the LEGO Minifigures Online game. They have also interviewed Executive Producer Lawrence Poe and asked how this game will be different from other LEGO games including the failed LEGO Universe. One such difference is that LEGO Minifigures Online is a free to play game and not a subscription based game.
Accessibility is key for this game, so we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to get into the game and have fun. Obviously there will be a lot of younger players for this game so we are taking our time to ensure that we will provide the best experience for those young players and their parents both in terms of gameplay and the business model.
Lawrence also talks about the main objectives of the game, to find minifigures and using them on your adventure. Not only will you be looking for minifigures, there will also be a building aspect to the game.
The focus is on the minifigures and their adventures through fantastical worlds. The key aspect of the game is finding minifigures, learning to use their abilities in the best possible way, training your minifigures to become more powerful, and going through these cool worlds completing quests, defeating cool dungeon bosses and really just exploring and having fun. Building is also an important part of the game, and its primary function is to support the adventuring experience. You’ll come across piles of LEGO bricks that can be assembled into contraptions that can help you defeat a boss, a bridge that allows you to cross a river, a jump pad that allows you to reach a specific location and so on.
What’s interesting that was mentioned during the Gamescom video (below) is that Lawrence mentions there will be a series of minifigures that will be released alongside the game! As mentioned before in a previous article, Funcom is working with LEGO to have codes with the physical minifigures so players can use them to unlock that minifigure in the game. There’s no word at this time on whether there will be in-game purchases or not but it would seem that you would be able to unlock all the minifigures in the game without buying the actual minifigure.
LEGO Minifigures Online will be available to play in Summer 2014 on PC or tablet. Funcom has also updated their site with more details of the game including things you can do on the site itself to unlock minifigures to see their in-game skills and attributes. Reach the max level of 30 on the site and you can unlock an unique minifigure in the game. Check back regularly for more opportunities to earn stars. You can also register for the closed beta as well. Check out the videos below for more in-game action.