Lego Minifigures Online will let people play in the same virtual world from a variety of devices.
Due out June 29 from game developer Funcom, the buy-to-play game will support Windows PCs, Apple's Mac, and Linux, iOS and Android devices. That means you'll be able to join fellow players in the same online world from different devices, allowing you to interact with a wider variety of people and switch between multiple platforms yourself.
Lego Minifigures Online lets you create a team of more than 100 Lego Minifigures, each with its own personality and capabilities. You then guide your team through various adventures as you journey through classic Lego worlds.
"From Pirate World to Space World, players must play together and smash their way through aliens, sea monsters, and more to unlock the full potential of their Minifigures," Lego said in a press release. "Along the way, players will also encounter plenty of that great, universal Lego humor!"
Beyond the usual Lego game play, what makes the new game so special is that for the first time ever, players can join each other in the same consistent and persistent virtual world whether they're at a PC, Mac, iOS device or Android gadget. You can switch from your desktop or mobile device and keep the same game alive with your friends and other players. Funcom is also jumping onto a new trend.lately in part because high-powered computers can support games with more cutting-edge features. But mobile gaming is still hot, so Lego Minifigures Online will tap into the best of both worlds.
"Not only will it feel like a fresh, new experience for those who have played the earlier free-to-play PC version, there is also so much potential unlocked now that gamers can play with each other across platforms on a broad range of devices," Funcom CEO Rui Casais said in a statement. "Maybe you are playing on an iPhone while your friend is on an Android tablet and your grandma is on a high-powered PC; you'll still play together in the same world, along with thousands of other Lego fans from all over the globe."
There is that one gotcha. As Casais said, the game was initially available for the PC in a free-to-play version. Now that the game is expanding its horizons to the Mac and mobile platforms, players will have to pay to play. To entice players to pay, Funcom promises new features and content, gameplay additions and major improvements across the board.
Lego Minifigures Online will be available for the PC, Mac and Linux on www.playminifigures.com as well as Valve's online Steam store for $29.99 on June 29, and will include all worlds and content in the game. The iOS and Android versions will be debut in the App Store and on Google Play respectively for $4.99, which will include just the first online world. Users of iOS devices will be able to buy more worlds starting June 29, while Android users will be able to pick up additional worlds later this summer.