Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by lindavz on Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:03 pm

Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style
9:00 PM, March 16, 2009
The Lego Universe game, by Gazillion Entertainment, due in 2010
Lego Universe online game. Credit: Gazillion Entertainment



Nirvana for the video game industry looks a lot like World of Warcraft, except without the arcane rules that mystify the average player.

That vision is the driving force behind Lego Universe, a new online game based on the building bricks franchise that's scheduled for release in 2010. Developed by a San Mateo company called Gazillion Entertainment, the game is designed so even your 5-year-old and his grandfather can play together. Gazillion, which has been operating in stealth since 2005, is also working on an online superhero game based on its license with Marvel Entertainment.

The goal is to make virtual world games that anyone can play. It's a financially hazardous terrain, previously explored by many companies before Gazillion, including NC Soft, whose Tabula Rasa game, designed by Ultima Online creator Richard Garriott, shut down March 1. These types of games are difficult and expensive to build. They're even more arduous to maintain once tens of thousands of players pile in, uncovering and exploiting every bug in the game.

The potential payoff is a glittering pot of gold. Consider World of Warcraft, a game ...

... developed by Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine. It has 11.5 million subscribers, each paying about $15 a month to play. That's $172.5 million a month, more than $2 billion a year, in fees alone. The game disc, which makes a regular appearance on the weekly list of top-10 best-selling PC games, brings in another $20 a copy. Not bad for a title that's more than 4 years old.

It's no surprise that the game genre, known as Massively Multiplayer Online games, or MMOs, is a hotbed of development. MMORPG.com lists 253 such games, many of which are in development. With such a crowded field, one way to cut through the noise is a well-known license. Both LEGO and Marvel fit that bill, said Ted Pollak, senior analyst with Jon Peddie Research in San Francisco.

"I think there is a big opportunity for mass-market MMO’s, especially when they are connected to recognized brands," Pollak said. But, he warned, "the quality of the game must be top notch, which is not an easy undertaking."

Gazillion Chief Executive Rob Hutter said his company has recruited 300 developers, many of whom have worked for Sony Online Entertainment, Blizzard, NC Soft, Walt Disney and other seasoned MMO studios.

"We worked hard to create a game experience that is easy to learn, but also offers depth for even the hardest-core players," said Hutter, who said his developers spent some time figuring out why Nintendo's Mario franchise continues to pull in new players while maintaining its base of serious gamers.

Among the changes Gazillion made: shorter game sessions so players can jump in and out in five or 10 minutes, easier ways to move around the virtual world, more intuitive menus and fun ways for old-timers to interact with newbies.

"When you look at World of Warcraft, it's largely a hard-core gamer phenomenon," Hutter said. "We think there's an enormous opportunity for an MMO that can penetrate the mass market."

A worthy quest.

-- Alex Pham

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/03/lego-mmo-game.html

lindavz
Administrator
Administrator

Total posts : 6410
MLN Name : lindavz
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-09-17

Staff Member - Gold                                                                 This user is an Administrator on the forum Lego Universe Team

View user profile http://mln.lego.com/en-us/Publicview/lindavz.aspx

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Jdg50legomaster on Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:55 am

Wow! That looks like a cool thing to do! I can't wait to see what it will be like!

_________________________________________
Is the answer to this question no?

Jdg50legomaster
Head Administrator
Head Administrator

Total posts : 4855
MLN Name : jdg50
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-09-30

Staff Member - Gold                                                                 This user is an Administrator on the forum Poster! - Gold Member of the Month - Gold Stop Motion Star Wars Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://mln.lego.com/en-us/PublicView/jdg50.aspx

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Spilight on Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:38 pm

Wooah, I don't play war games but this looks fun!

Spilight
Veteran Member
Veteran Member

Total posts : 2713
MLN Name : storm4937O
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-05


View user profile http://mln.lego.com/en-us/Publicview/storm4937O.aspx

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bricknave on Mon May 11, 2009 10:44 am

LU is going to be PWNsome! Very Happy


Last edited by Bricknave on Tue May 12, 2009 11:08 am; edited 3 times in total

Bricknave
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 117
MLN Name : Bricknave
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-04-26


View user profile http://bricknave.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by TheBrick on Mon May 11, 2009 10:50 am

This is LU...

TheBrick
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 340
MLN Name : LC924
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-03-03


View user profile http://mln.lego.com/en-us/PublicView/LC924.aspx

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Gir on Mon May 11, 2009 4:05 pm

Cant wait. I hope i have the money to play LU.

Gir
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 1029
MLN Name : Spacemanspiffy
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-11-08


View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Mon May 11, 2009 4:19 pm

LU cost mony? I wonder how much

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Gir on Mon May 11, 2009 4:41 pm

Im hoping no more than 5$ a month. I like the graphics of that picture... It looks different then other video games.

Gir
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 1029
MLN Name : Spacemanspiffy
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-11-08


View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by designerdude101 on Mon May 11, 2009 5:15 pm

Wow, that sounds really neat. But I don't own any game consoles.

designerdude101
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 5730
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-12-30

Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://www.mlno.org/index.php/topic,6157.0.html

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bugefun on Mon May 11, 2009 7:35 pm

designerdude101 wrote:Wow, that sounds really neat. But I don't own any game consoles.
It's for PC.

Bugefun
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 146
MLN Name : Bugefun
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-03-09

Lego Universe Team

View user profile http://www.bugefun.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Mon May 11, 2009 9:34 pm

Hopefully it will come to other game consoles

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by RacerXtreme5000 on Tue May 12, 2009 4:02 am

O_O This looks fun. And war games are my favourite type of games to, so I'm going to be looking forward to this.

RacerXtreme5000
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 2532
MLN Name : Racer_X5000
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-09-22

Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bricknave on Tue May 12, 2009 9:43 am

TheBrick wrote:This is LU...

But LU is being made by NetDevil and the LEGO Company, not by Gazillion. scratch

Bricknave
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 117
MLN Name : Bricknave
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-04-26


View user profile http://bricknave.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by TheBrick on Tue May 12, 2009 10:15 am

Bricknave wrote:
TheBrick wrote:This is LU...

But LU is being made by NetDevil and the LEGO Company, not by Gazillion. scratch

LEGO Universe is being published by Gazillion Enterainment and is developed by NetDevil (a company owned by Gazillion). study

TheBrick
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 340
MLN Name : LC924
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-03-03


View user profile http://mln.lego.com/en-us/PublicView/LC924.aspx

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bricknave on Tue May 12, 2009 11:05 am

TheBrick wrote:
Bricknave wrote:
TheBrick wrote:This is LU...

But LU is being made by NetDevil and the LEGO Company, not by Gazillion. scratch

LEGO Universe is being published by Gazillion Enterainment and is developed by NetDevil (a company owned by Gazillion). study

Oh thanks! I didn't realize that Gazillion was publishing LEGO Universe and that NetDevil was owned by Gazillion. Very Happy

Bricknave
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 117
MLN Name : Bricknave
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-04-26


View user profile http://bricknave.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Tue May 12, 2009 4:19 pm

Something just hit me... World of Warcraft style? Fighting? Hmm

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bricknave on Tue May 12, 2009 6:08 pm

BioK wrote:Something just hit me... World of Warcraft style? Fighting? Hmm

Maybe when they say "WoW Style", they mean good graphics and third person view?

Bricknave
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 117
MLN Name : Bricknave
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-04-26


View user profile http://bricknave.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Tue May 12, 2009 6:08 pm

Perhaps. I'd still like to see/play it tho

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bugefun on Tue May 12, 2009 6:44 pm

BioK wrote:Something just hit me... World of Warcraft style? Fighting? Hmm
They said there will be no PVP fighting but I'm pretty sure there will be fighting computer players because there was a battle scene in the trailer.

Bugefun
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 146
MLN Name : Bugefun
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-03-09

Lego Universe Team

View user profile http://www.bugefun.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Tue May 12, 2009 6:55 pm

Like Runescape? I don't care now... It's just so kewl!

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bugefun on Tue May 12, 2009 7:12 pm

BioK wrote:Like Runescape? I don't care now... It's just so kewl!
The graphics definitely look better. Anyway, in Runescape you can fight other players in special spots, while this will have none.
This will be a program that you install and runescape is a browser game.

Bugefun
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 146
MLN Name : Bugefun
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-03-09

Lego Universe Team

View user profile http://www.bugefun.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Tue May 12, 2009 8:50 pm

So you buy the program?

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bugefun on Wed May 13, 2009 4:52 am

BioK wrote:So you buy the program?
I think so. It says the program will be available for download or you can order it on a DVD.

Bugefun
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 146
MLN Name : Bugefun
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-03-09

Lego Universe Team

View user profile http://www.bugefun.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Gir on Wed May 13, 2009 12:12 pm

I wonder if it will be a wave style game... Like you start and you fight, once you beat everyone you go onto a new wave.

Gir
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 1029
MLN Name : Spacemanspiffy
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2008-11-08


View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Wed May 13, 2009 2:32 pm

Kinda unfair, Gir, i think it'll be like an RPG

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Bricknave on Wed May 13, 2009 2:58 pm

Bugefun wrote:
BioK wrote:Something just hit me... World of Warcraft style? Fighting? Hmm
They said there will be no PVP fighting but I'm pretty sure there will be fighting computer players because there was a battle scene in the trailer.

In the FAQS it said that it isn't going to be designed as a PvP-centric game, but there will be some friendly competitions between players. I'm guessing that there will be some PvP battle mini-games, but it would only make up an 8th of LU. Neutral

Bricknave
Standard Member
Standard Member

Total posts : 117
MLN Name : Bricknave
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-04-26


View user profile http://bricknave.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by BioK on Wed May 13, 2009 3:00 pm

Then it is an RPG like game

BioK
Retired Staff
Retired Staff

Total posts : 4709
MLN Name : khanhphan

SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-01

Staff Member - Bronze                                                             This user is an Area Moderator on the forum Spam Surfers / Dupe Destroyers

View user profile http://gpxplus.net/user/Vandal

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Micah477 on Tue May 19, 2009 8:56 pm

Sounds soooooo cool, I can't wait! I think there will also be tons of "quests" along with battles, and when they say it's "easy enough for a five-year old" I hope they don't mean it's too simple..........

Micah477
Featured User of the Month
Featured User of the Month

Total posts : 2829
MLN Name : micah477
SPAM Bar :
0 / 500 / 50

Registration date : 2009-01-27

Stop Motion Star Wars

View user profile http://mln.lego.com/en-us/Publicview/micah477.aspx

Back to top Go down

Re: Gazillion's quest: A killer Lego online game, World of Warcraft-style

Post by Banjobug on Mon May 25, 2009 9:01 am

I want to play it REALLY bad now! XD

Banjobug
Co-Founder of MLN Team
Co-Founder of MLN Team

Total posts : 1418
MLN Name : Banjobug
SPAM Bar :
2 / 502 / 50

Registration date : 2008-09-17


View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum