LEGO Universe is just a memory, some random screen shots, and a painful timeline at this point. But that doesn’t mean LEGO is out of the MMO business or that a LEGO MMO isn’t a good idea. LEGO has a new MMO going, LEGO Legends of Chima Online.
I am not sure why they haven’t gone with Traveller’s Tales on this plan, as they are the people who have made pretty much ALL the good LEGO games, from LEGO Star Wars forward. Then again, TT does seem to have a pretty set formula, one that might be getting old by this point.
Anyway, with lessons learned from LEGO Universe, things have a new flavor. The game will be web based, using the Unity Plug-in as a platform. It will be free to play, with premium options. And it will be focused on a single, LEGO owned property, the Legends of Chima, which LEGO is starting to roll out as building sets, games on the DS and Vita platform, and a television show on Cartoon Network. So a big cross channel cash-in is being attempted here, and it looks even more ambitious than the Ninjago campaign.
The site for Legends of Chima is up and running and the game is in open beta and seems to include all of the standard MMO features from levels to combat to inventory management. The critical game features that LEGO is calling out are:
Free to Play – LEGO Legends of Chima Online is a free-to-play online game! Membership and Premium currency are available to further enhance the experience but are never required!
Build – As the new commander of your Outpost, it is up to you to decide what you want to build and where you want to build it. Every building provides benefits from generating and collecting studs, creating weapons and armor, or providing your hero with special skills and abilities! You can also build and destroy LEGO creations within the game world.
Create & Customize – Be the hero you want to be. Your skills depend on what kind of Outpost you choose to build! There are no classes, no restrictions – you can play the way you want to play! Customize items by picking which color brick you want to build them with!
I suppose we will see how a new LEGO MMO stands up in world that already has Minecraft and EverQuest Next Landmark on the way. But this time around, the goals seem to be more modest and the focus a lot more concentrated for LEGO.