It appears that the LEGO Minifigures Online video game will be ending later this year when the licensing agreement ends in October. Funcom has released their annual report and the numbers did not meet the forecasts of the company, mainly with the lack of players and revenue generated.
The beta version of LEGO Minifigures Online was first introduced in 2013 when it was a free-to-play MMO game model with microtransactions in game. It was then relaunched into a full game in 2015 and it was changed to a buy-to-play business model where you purchase the full game first.
The game had a tie-in with the physical LEGO Collectible Minifigures which included codes to unlock specific minifigures in game, each with their own abilities.
Funcom communicated in the Q3 2014 report that the initial numbers coming in from the first weeks of live data indicated that it would take longer than planned to achieve the internal targets for player and revenue in 2014 and 2015. The Company has during 2015 been unable to improve these numbers. As a result of this the revenues generated by LEGO® Minifigures Online did not meet the internal forecasts. The Company has therefore fully written off the underlying assets of the game. As of the time of this annual report, the Company does not find it likely that any of the game metrics will improve, and has adjusted its investment in the game accordingly. The license agreement with LEGO for the LEGO® Minifigures Online game ends October 2016.
The official press release for LEGO Minifigures Online has the details of the full launch as well as some new screenshots of the game. As I reported before, the game will be changing to a buy-to-play business model where you purchase the game first. If you have purchased anything with real money during the beta, your copy of the game will be upgraded to the full version so basically you get the game for free when it is launched next week.
LEGO® Minifigures Online Launches June 29 on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android
LEGO® Minifigures Online Available at $29.99 on June 29th, featuring full cross-play in the same online world across all devices
OSLO, NORWAY – JUNE 22, 2015 – Get ready for a LEGO adventure unlike any other! Funcom is excited to announce that LEGO® Minifigures Online will be smashing its way onto PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android on June 29, 2015. For the first time ever, gamers will get to play in the same persistent online world across all platforms, making it easier than ever to play with friends and freely switch between platforms to keep the game going wherever players may be.
Funcom announced recently that, after a limited run as a free-to-play game on PC, LEGO Minifigures Online will now launch on both desktop and mobile platforms as a buy-to-play game. To ensure a fresh, new, and even higher-quality experience for everyone, the developers at Funcom have spent months overhauling the game in preparation for this launch. New features and
LEGO Minifigures Online will be fully launching this summer and LEGO and Funcom are hosting two different demo days to try out the updated version of the game. These demo days will be held at The LEGO Store in New York City, NY as well as in San Mateo, CA. You can get a free copy of the game before it launches in the summer, meet some of the game’s developers, as well as getting some limited edition minifigures.
The only requirements is that you have to be near New York City and San Mateo to be able to attend. I’ll be sending one (1) person from each locally to attend the event. If you’re interested, send me a message at [email protected] and the first person locally to email me will get an invite. Deadline to enter is tomorrow.
Update: The demo day at the Flatiron Store, NYC has been claimed.
The San Mateo event has been claimed.
Eurobricks is also having a contest if you want to try your luck over there.
Event details are below:
Event 1: June 23, 2015: The LEGO Store in the Flatiron District, NYC.
Presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Demos from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Event 2: June 26, 2015: The LEGO Store in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Demos from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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If you’re still playing LEGO Minifigures Online, there are some important changes you may want to know about that’s coming to the game this summer. Before, the game used to be a free-to-play business model but that will be going away in favor of the buy-to-play model which means that you buy the game first before playing. Memberships and Diamonds that you collect in-game will be going away. Any Diamonds that you still have will be converted to stars. If you have spent and money on memberships or other in-game items, your copy of LEGO Minifigures Online will be converted to the fully purchased version so it won’t affect you that much.
Personally, I think this is a bad move because the current version of the game allows players to try it out first before spending any money on it. You could also unlock characters from purchasing Collectible Minifigures and you can still unlock characters with codes you find. You can read more about the changes over on their blog.
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Today, Funcom has released a press release detailing their future plans for LEGO Minifigures Online during the Open Beta. Currently, you are able to explore different worlds in the game such as the Pirate World, Medieval World, and the Space World but Funcom has announced plans to add more content for players to try including the new Mythology World where you can battle the lord of the Underworld, Hades. We’ve tried our hands at the Closed Beta as well as the Open Beta and you can read our first impressions of it here. Check out the official press release below and join the Open Beta today by going to http://www.playminifigures.com/en.
FUNCOM REVEALS UPDATE PLANS FOR LEGO®MINIFIGURES ONLINE OPEN BETA
– Funcom successfully launches free-to-play Open Beta for LEGO Minifigures Online; the fun has begun! –
Oslo, Norway – June 25th, 2014 – Funcom and The LEGO Group are very excited to have kicked off the Open Beta for LEGO® Minifigures Online, and LEGO fans from all over the world have now begun assembling their Minifigure teams and sent them out on grand, online adventures! LEGO Minifigures Online is set to launch later this fall, and throughout the coming months of Open Beta and beyond players will see the game grow and expand as new content and gameplay is introduced.
The game is currently available for play on the Windows PC, and the developers are hard at work preparing tablet versions of the game which will be available later this year.
Based on the hugely
Now that LEGO Minifigures Online is in open beta, I can finally talk about my experience so far about the game while I was testing it in the closed beta. When you first start, you choose between three teams of three minifigures. After that, you go through a short tutorial of how to play the character and the game features. If you’ve played any sort of RPGs before, you’re probably already familiar with how the game will play.
Within the options menu, you find a tab that is for “Shop” which is essentially the game’s main cash grab. There are a variety to purchase a number of things such as more minifigures to use in-game, potions, diamonds, as well as the membership. Although technically you don’t have to spend real money to play the game because you can spend the diamond currency that you can pick up in-game, it will be somewhat faster and more “fun” because you’ll be unlocking a number of features that the free version doesn’t have. One of these features is the Pocket Adventures which are essentially dungeons that give more loot. One other feature that I felt shouldn’t be subscription-only is the chat function. Currently there is no way to communicate with other players unless you are a member which is, how can I put it lightly, stupid. The purpose of MMOs is to play with other people and communicating with them is essential to plan out strategies and whatnot. But if everyone is playing for free and there’s no … Continue
Many people have been waiting for this piece of news for a long time now. The Closed Beta for LEGO Minifigures Online ended a few days ago which meant that Funcom was ready to roll out the Open Beta very soon and that day is today. You can now go in and try out LEGO Minifigures Online by clicking “Play Now!” All you have to have is your LEGOID to start playing.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to take part of the Closed Beta and my first impressions were, “This may work.” It’s basically your standard MMO where you level up your character and upgrade your skills as you progress in the game. Throughout the beta, you will be able to test out various charcters in a couple of worlds and provide feedback to the developers.
The game is based on the popular LEGO Collectible Minifigures theme and Funcom is hoping that they will translate into a great gaming experience as well. Check out the official Funcom press release below.
Funcom today launched the Open Beta for LEGO Minifigures Online. This is the final beta phase before the game launches later this fall.
The game is currently available in English for the Windows PC in select markets. During Open Beta, Funcom will introduce localized versions of the game in German, French and Spanish, and a tablet version of the game will also be made available later. Throughout the Open Beta process, gameplay, content and the business model will be balanced, expanded and improved based