Age of Conan dev building Lego MMO

Funcom inks licensing deal with Lego Group to develop family-friendly massively multiplayer online game based on minifigures toys.

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Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and The Secret World developer Funcom has revealed its next project, a massively multiplayer online game based on the Lego minifigure line of toys. The developer has signed a licensing deal with the Lego Group that will see the studio build a "family-friendly" game focused on "maximum accessibility."

Don't expect Age of Conan's adult themes to carry over to Funcom's Lego MMO game.

The Lego MMO game will be made available to gamers through unspecified online channels, and Funcom and Lego will work together to "provide a broad and enhanced experience."

According to the announcement, the game will play a "prominent" role in the already existing Lego minifigures online experience. Numerous Lego minifigures Flash games are available through the company's website.

“The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential,” Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas said in a prepared statement.

A Lego MMO game has been attempted before. In October 2010, NetDevil launched Lego Universe, but the game had a short life. In November 2011, the Lego Group announced it would be shuttering the game. It managed to attract 2 million users, but failed to set up a satisfactory revenue model, developers said.

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