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Lego MMO Delayed

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the +1-yellow-block-of-dragonslaying dept.

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LEGO Universe, the MMOG currently under development by NetDevil, will not be coming out this year, as was previously expected. Mark Hansen, a LEGO Group exec, would not specify a new time frame, and attributed the delay to avoiding competition between some of their other upcoming products. Hansen did comment on the possibility of a console version of the game, claiming that they're just waiting for the right time. IGN did a related piece on the past and future of console MMOGs, exploring where early attempts failed and what needs to be done for them to succeed. Many game developers and publishers are still hesitant due to the massive financial investment required to get such a game up and running in a market that has yet to prove itself.

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poop (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26926325)

in a hole

I guess... (5, Funny)

Puffy Director Pants (1242492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926361)

they just couldn't put it together. Maybe they need some better directions?

Re:I guess... (2, Funny)

Reed Solomon (897367) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926483)

they ran out of blocks.

Re:I guess... (1)

arootbeer (808234) | more than 5 years ago | (#26928541)

They've still got plenty of blocks. They just don't have any 4x2 plates in gray (they need 2 to hold the next level in place correctly, and no, black won't work).

Doesn't sound too smart... (2, Interesting)

dangitman (862676) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926455)

If the game is/will be ready, and they are delaying it for basically artificial reason, that doesn't sound like a wise strategy. They'll lose the marketing momentum of people anticipating the game, and it might mean that the game is somewhat obsolete by the time it is released. Also opens the door for competitors, which is a bad thing in a MMO environment that relies on subscribers or active players. Most people won't actively play more than a couple of MMO games, and subscribers lost to a competing MMO might be lost forever.

Of course, this could just be a smokescreen for the game not being ready, or needing more work. But MMOs tend to be works-in-progress anyway.

Personally, I subscribed to Lego Universe, and the lack of any actual activity regarding the game has made me rather disinterested. I'm not interested by "download some new concept art wallpapers," I want the game.

Re:Doesn't sound too smart... (1)

arachnoprobe (945081) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926811)

delaying it for basically artificial reason, that doesn't sound like a wise strategy.

So far, that strategy worked for Apple ;-)

Re:Doesn't sound too smart... (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926857)

So far, that strategy worked for Apple ;-)

[citation needed]

I don't get it (1)

Anenome (1250374) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926495)

So, how do they imagine this will work exactly? They'll have a stereotypical Lego castle made of blocks... then what? Also, Legos are marketed towards children... children are also generally broke. Children below ten years are not a large fraction of the MMO demographic, such as WoW. Combine that with parental fears of online child-predators, etc., and you have a recipe for failure. So what are they thinking? An MMO needs an activity that is enhanced by group interaction. Simply taking the normal MMO conventions and making them blocky (and therefore Lego-like) is not going to magically translate into a popular MMO. Is this going to be a game of group block-dropping? I doubt it. It'll be more like the recent Star Wars Legos games, but without the licensed property. So, it'll be likely a medieval setting. But if making a successful child-targeted MMO was that easy someone would've achieved it already and without the purposely bad (blocky) graphics. I don't see it, someone help me out here?

Re:I don't get it (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26926541)

Google the term AFOL sometime.

LEGO has a big market outside of little kids.

Re:I don't get it (1)

dougisfunny (1200171) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926621)

Alternatively, think Sims games, with an added nostalgia factor.

Re:I don't get it (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26926851)

It's been done already anyway, they better have something good up their sleeve because Blockland [blockland.us] already did something incredibly similar and just out of bounds of copyright infringement... and it was mega-fun. Still is.

Re:I don't get it (4, Interesting)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 5 years ago | (#26926907)

Having grown up playing with Lego I'd have no qualms about playing an MMO based on it. Lego is, and always will be, awesome.

I'm more interested in the lack of gameplay videos, or details on exactly what the game mechanics would be. There's some vaguness along the lines of "co-op with vehicle, weapon and building construction", but that's almost meaningless. Could it be they're delaying ti because they don't actually have a game yet? Or am I just not finding the right sites?

Re:I don't get it (1)

PetriBORG (518266) | more than 5 years ago | (#26927909)

They seem to have a whole section of their site made for crowd sourcing out ideas for their game (rather clever of them heh).

I too though couldn't find any screen shots or other game play videos. Their lego creation game was also rather problematic IMO, so I seriously wonder if they will have come up with new ways to actually do the building... And previous stuff has had a lot of issues with only releasing a small set of the blocks which made buildings very annoying. :(

Re:I don't get it (1)

chanrobi (944359) | more than 5 years ago | (#26932649)

Maybe, Blockland but mmo? http://www.blockland.us/index.asp
Check out the video!
(Disclaimer: I don't work for them, just like the sandbox type game).

Re:I don't get it (1)

Gigiya (1022729) | more than 5 years ago | (#26928439)

Children below ten years are not a large fraction of the MMO demographic, such as WoW.

Did we play the same WoW?

Re:I don't get it (2)

Phasma Felis (582975) | more than 5 years ago | (#26929325)

Not heard of Second Life, then? MMOs don't have to be competitive D&D knockoffs. Warcraft and its competitors have that market pretty much sewn up, anyway. There's plenty of potential for open virtual-world/shared-content-creation gaming.

And the Wii should have put to rest any fears about the viability of targeting "non-gamer" demographics.

It'll be more like the recent Star Wars Legos games, but without the licensed property. So, it'll be likely a medieval setting.

No. It'll be a LEGO setting. Again, see Second Life. There is no requirement for a social MMO to have a single, coherent setting and story.

As for whining about "purposely bad (blocky) graphics", I should think that the recent explosion of indie games and (again) the Wii should've taught you that simple, stylized graphics are just as viable as ultra-realistic, and much cheaper to develop.

Re:I don't get it (3, Funny)

pavon (30274) | more than 5 years ago | (#26929905)

Dammit now you got the image of flying LEGO Penises stuck in my head.

Traveller's Tales (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26927941)

Off topic, but I was hoping someone would know what other games might be coming along the lines of StarWars/Indiana Jones/Batman. It's a good game engine and they seem to be willing to continue it indefinitely.

A market that is yet to prove itself? (2, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 5 years ago | (#26929299)

They never heard of WoW? How much more proof do you need? Blizzard has been laughing their way to be bank for so long that the locals don't even look funny at them anymore. Of cours being canadian the bar is set rather high.

Re:A market that is yet to prove itself? (3, Informative)

fotbr (855184) | more than 5 years ago | (#26930925)

I thought that comment was referring to MMORPGs on consoles, not MMORPGS in general, and WoW hasn't been released for any consoles.

Re:A market that is yet to prove itself? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26941465)

I was thinking exactly the same thing (as I'm scanning the auction house in the background). Hooking kids into an MMO at an early age would be an astounding coup.

Lego? (1)

Ruin666 (1027352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26929535)

Who the fuck plays lego games anyway?

Re:Lego? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26930007)

I would. The ability to build just about anything, with friends sounds like fun.

Re:Lego? (1)

contra_mundi (1362297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26932695)

Unfortunately, the games don't work that way. The whole lego thing is just a gimmick, an excuse for poor-ish graphics.

At best, you are collecting lego parts for a new spaceship or whatever, which is then auto-assembled for you.

Atleast, that's my impression after playing Lego Star Wars.

Re:Lego? (1)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 5 years ago | (#26930305)

A lot of people apparently, judging by the 33 games [wikipedia.org] they've made over the last 11 years alone.

Would seem to be a long time to make Lego games if no-one was buying them.

Re:Lego? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26940721)

A friend of mine was just over here telling me about how he plays Lego games with his kids (there are three.) And in fact a number of Lego games have been high-rated by adults. I'm 31, have no kids, and I still have two 12-gallon crates full of the real thing that I can't bear to part with... But they pretty much stay in the boxes except for the nifty red technics motorcycle which is on my windowsill getting UV-bleached.

film based? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26931389)

If they base it on one of the spoofs they have done, an mmo with lego everything would be a blast to play...might bring me back to mmo's after all these years.

$name MMO Delayed. (1)

Malkin (133793) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933553)

In other news, water is wet and there are seven days in a week.

Re:$name MMO Delayed. (1)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26938955)

Actually this is news, if the news release said "LEGO MMO Behind development, but we'll release it anyway, with all the bugs and half the content, and we'll patch it later, only we won't because it will suck so bad due to bugs and no content it will be DOA." Then I think your comment would be on the money.

Lego Mindstorm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934123)

It would be cool if somehow it interacted with Mindstorm.

No way, I'm waiting for DUPLO MMO. (1)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26938855)

Sure people complain it will be "dumbed down to a level so that even a 2 year old can play it." I say to them this is a good thing. It will open the genre up to the masses!
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