LEGO Getting a New MMO

Online game developer Funcom revealed today that it's signed a deal with LEGO to make an online game based on LEGO Minifigures.

LEGO Minifigures, of course, are the little inhabitants of the LEGO universe: whether that is knights or policemen, Minifigures have been a LEGO mainstay for decades.

According to the release, "The massively multiplayer online game that Funcom will develop based on the LEGO Minifigures franchise will focus on maximum accessibility. Funcom and the LEGO Group will work together to make the game available to consumers in their online channels and will be coordinating activities to provide a broad and enhanced experience for the product line."

Back in 2010, game developer NetDevil released a LEGO MMO called LEGO Universe. The game's servers were shutdown earlier this year.

"The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential," says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. "Being able to work with a world-renowned brand such as the LEGO brand to develop an MMO for this audience is incredibly exciting to us as game developers and for Funcom as a company. This is source material we all know and love and we simply cannot wait to get started working with the LEGO Group on realizing this exciting project."

(Top photo: Amy Sancetta | AP)