Michael Jackson MMOG due in late 2011

Planet Michael to combine social networking, musical legacy of King of Pop late next year; album-focused areas in the works.

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Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions of its game based on the career of Michael Jackson would be delayed until early next year. As it turns out, 2011 will finish with another game based on the so-called "King of Pop"--a massively multiplayer game with entire realms dedicated to each of his albums.

SEE Virtual Worlds is now in Planet Michael's orbit.

This morning, Los Angeles-based SEE Virtual Worlds announced it will publish a Michael Jackson-themed MMOG, Planet Michael, based on the works of the late singer. The company is behind the Entropia engine, which powers the free-to-play MMORPG Planet Calypso. The game is being developed by Swedish studio MindArk, which also works on Entropia-based titles.

According to SEE Virtual Worlds, Planet Michael will be a free-to-play, 3D game based on the works of the late singer. Its gameplay will focus on "collaborative in-game activities" and feature in-game "continents" based on the artists' various musical works. In these continents, players will be able to assume a variety of professions to earn in-game currency--or purchase said currency with actual coin of the realm.

According to the executors of Jackson, who died last year of an overdose of an anesthetic administered by his personal doctor, Planet Michael will also focus on global issues championed by the singer. Though those issues weren't identified, they will apparently be central to the game.

"Throughout his extensive career, the King of Pop was well-known for his visionary contributions to music, dance, fashion, entertainment and philanthropy, and it was critical that we somehow incorporate all of those elements into the game," said SEE Virtual Worlds CEO Martin Biallas, implying there will be a clothes element to the game as well.

For more on Planet Michael, visit the game's official Web site. For more on Ubisoft's rhythm game based on the singer's works, check out the video below.

Discussion

286 comments
daihideo
daihideo

@aspooky57571: I concur.... Let the Facepalming Olympics begin! /Facepalm

EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

IMAGINE THIS LITTLE BOY IS UR COMPUTER AND MICHAEL JACKSON IS A HARDWARE CRIMINAL .... WILL YOU LET HIM HAVE HIS WAY WITH UR KID ?? ACCEPT OR DENY?? PROTECT YOUR LITTLE BOY FROM MICHEL JACKSON NORTON 2011

made_u_look
made_u_look

Bwahahaha, seriously whoever thought this was a good a idea needs to be fired and put some where in a dark corner with a dunce cap.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Normally I'd be very happy about a big Michael Jackson that praised his works, but this just seems like it's cashing in on the broken hearts of fans everywhere. The people who made this are bad and should feel bad.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

Pedobear loves this game.

dzimm
dzimm

Will you be able to recruit young boys as NPC companions?

s_double
s_double

This is going to be a new planet in the Entropia Universe. Ubisoft has nothing to do with the MMO. Private companies can purchase the rights from Mindark to develop their own worlds to add to the universe, and players have the ability to travel between the different worlds. Right now, there are only two worlds, with Planet Calypso (which was started by Mindark 7 or 8 years ago) being the only really active one. The reaction from current players about this Michael Jackson planet seem to be about the same as here. We all kind of think it's stupid too...

Octopii
Octopii

Talk about being used. :/ Just let the man rest in peace, for crying out loud.

spiderbowz
spiderbowz

Leave Michael Jackson ALONE UBISOFT!!!!! or else I won't buy assassin's creed 3 !!!

Luminious0
Luminious0

This game will touch the hearts (and other places) of little boys across america!

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

Now that they're making Micheal Jackson games, next they're going to make games with Dio, Paul Gray, The Rev, and John Lennon, Heath Ledger, and even Billy Mays. In fact, they will make games about every famous person who died. Oh no, look out everyone!!! I'm gonna vommit!!!!!!!! BLAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pipboy360
Pipboy360

b-b-but it's waaaay past April.... wtf is going on here? My mind refuses to acknowledge this as reality.

Taix34
Taix34

O_O.... Huh!?!?! I think Where going a little bit too far with Mjs death.. Let the guy die in peace sheesh

Purplekjw
Purplekjw

I thought this was a hoax... Geez, it's real!?

fleetmenace
fleetmenace

i think M.J. would be extremely disappointed, this is a shame

raptures330
raptures330

Whenever a big star dies all the vultures that were circling overhead come down for a feast. They release songs/material that the artists themselves deemed unreleasable while they lived and make products, such as this, that would have given the artists a bloody bowel movement. Atrocious.

nszo
nszo

Anything to make that money. Whoever it is that is still breathing and came up with this idea should be fired along with all the corporate morons who agreed with him/her.

azn_elf
azn_elf

I think they should take this game and beat it.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

I'm normally pretty optimistic when it comes to game pitches, but I really don't see any potential here whatsoever. There aren't many worse ways to cash-in.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Why would this get green lighted? What executive had this proposed and thought "That's a great idea!"

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

C'mon online ARPG with the Moonwalker engine!

gobbo00
gobbo00

No thanks don't want to visit planet pedofile.

Willceace
Willceace

Is the legal age you must be to play this game under 13?

raith616
raith616

hopr the bo-selecta michael makes an appearance shamon eh hee

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Riddick123
Riddick123

So I am assuming the classes that you can create are being a little boy, a chimpanzee, a plastic surgeon, a lawyer, or his brother Tito.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

I used to like playing Sega-developed Moonwalker back in the day.

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

omg im sooo ganna play this!

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Poor Michael, they really are milking your death.

MichaelMorbid
MichaelMorbid

we're gonna wait to play this only after the gary coleman MMO comes out.

DanteDelacoix
DanteDelacoix

Another shameless cash in on the poor guy now that he is no longer around. Some people disgust me. Though I will eat my words if its Ike from South Park going "come on lets climb the treeeeee"

sussmeyer01
sussmeyer01

we should all log into this game day one ... crash the boards so they think they have a huge hit on their hands .. and never log back in ... this is a horrible idea .. horrible ....

wogboypaul
wogboypaul

that... is... SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STUPID BAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!! OMG WTF seriously, im not writing in caps for the sake of it.. im laughing as im writing this.. and @Lord_Tigger - u said it buddy.. mmo micheal jackson.. so people are all little kids. objective: tell ur friend to resist getting candy from michael..

Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

Do you play as a small child trying to escape Wonderland Ranch?

hyksiu
hyksiu

Can you do the moonwalk?