Planet Michael is a massively multiplayer online game devoted to the music and life of the late Michael Jackson. No, this is not a joke.

"We put a focus on something that will truly allow fans to immerse themselves in a Michael Jackson-like universe or music-video-like world and interact with each other and then go on adventures and do gameplay stuff and socialize," Josh Gordon of developer SEE Virtual Worlds tells USA Today.

The game will feature areas based on songs like Beat It and Smooth Criminal. Players won't use violence on quests, but dancing.


Planet Michael is a free-download that claims to be "The Ultimate Michael Jackson Online Game." (Isn't it the only Michael Jackson online game?) Planet Michael is aimed at players 13 years-old and up. That is not a joke, either.

"There is no doubt we will be open to people joking about it and criticizing it," Gordon adds. "We'll just have to roll with that as it comes, so to speak." Gordon believes that the developer would be criticized no matter what they did.

No, they'll just be criticized for making a Michael Jackson MMO.

'Planet Michael' will let players builds virtual Jackson worlds [USA Today]