No, it’s not LEGO universe, But rather this one will be called LEGO Mini-fgures Online, and will be based on the already wildly popular Line of Collectible Mini-Figures.
This really does not interest me, but if it does you, you can get more details from GameSpot
Many remember, though rather painfully, the LEGO MMO that was LEGO UNIVERSE, and it’s failure and cancelation. however despite LEGO’s own failure at a MMO, Funcom announced today that they have signed a liscencing agreement with the LEGO group to develop an MMO based on the LEGO’s popular collectible mini figures.
You can click over to read the enitirety of the press release, but here are the highlights:
The massively multiplayer online game that Funcom will develop based on the LEGO® Minifigures franchise will focus on maximum accessibility. Funcom and the LEGO Group will work together to make the game available to consumers in their online channels and will be coordinating activities to provide a broad and enhanced experience for the product line. The game will be a prominent part of the LEGO® Minifigures online experience which already has millions of unique visitors per month.
So: The game will feature the Collectible Mini-figures, The game will be available online through LEGO, and FUNCOM, and it will be part of the LEGO.com Mini figures experience. I don’t know any particulars, but it already sounds drastically different form the stand alone LEGO Universe MMO.
Sorry, No word yet on The LEGO Friends version ;}.