Yeah, that title is being read correctly. There it is. We all wanted a new Michael Jackson game. I don’t know about you, but I got tired of playing Moonwalker. Luckily Ubisoft is working on an game about the man’s experience.
Announced as of today, Speical Entertainment Events are in the process of making the “ultimate” online expereicne around the pop star. As with all the other sites, this is sort of a joking matter.
Just don’t take our word from it, read the press release, or visit the official site. But before you do, we do have a few things to say. For one, it’s avaible to ages 13 and up, no violence will be used, just dancing, and songs will represent the environment. Okay, we are done here.
THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL JACKSON TEAMS WITH SEE VIRTUAL WORLDSTM TO PUBLISH ONLINE VIRTUAL WORLD, PLANET MICHAELTM
Immense Game World Will Feature Real-World Economy Along With Opportunities to Learn About and Contribute to Charitable Causes
LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2010 – SEE Virtual WorldsTM, and the Michael Jackson Estate today announce Planet MichaelTM, a massively multiplayer online virtual world set to launch in late 2011. Planet Michael will offer fans around the globe an innovative interactive gaming and social experience that celebrates Michael Jackson’s life as an artist and humanitarian. This is just the first of a virtual reality universe of connected planets tied to licensed franchises produced by SEE Virtual WorldsTM.
The new planet, currently slated for launch next year, will be an immersive virtual space themed after iconic visuals drawn from Michael’s music, his life, and the global issues that concerned him. At its core, Planet Michael is a massive social gaming experience that will allow everyone, from the hardcore fan to the novice, to connect and engage in collaborative in-game activities with people worldwide. Entire continents will be created that will celebrate Michael’s unique genius in a way that underscores his place as the greatest artist of all time. Michael’s long-time fans will feel at home, as they find themselves in places that seem familiar and yet unknown at the same time, and new generations will discover and experience Michael’s life in a way never before imagined.
Planet Michael is one of the first themed planets that SEE Virtual Worlds will publish for the Entropia Universe, a vast dynamic 3D environment created and provided to end users by MindArk PE AB. The Entropia Universe features several existing planets and combines a revolutionary cash economy with cutting-edge graphics. Although Planet Michael is a free-to-download world without monthly subscription fees, the real world in-game economy features gameplay monetization that allows players to take on dozens of different occupations and, in certain instances, contribute to a charitable cause at the same time.
“When we first approached the Estate and talked about creating Planet Michael, one of our primary goals was to build an interactive environment where fans from all over the world come together to affirm Michael’s life-long dedication to fostering global friendships,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of SEE Virtual Worlds. “In building a space worthy of those global connections, we envisioned a magical, enjoyable place that will capture that zest for fun and life that was at Michael’s very core. 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.”
“No artist unified the world like Michael Jackson, so it is fitting that in Planet Michael his fans will be able to join together in such a unique way online to celebrate his music, his artistry and his devotion to helping those in need,” said John Branca, co-executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson. “Michael was always exploring creative new ways technology could enhance the experiences of his fans, and for that reason we are thrilled to be working with SEE Virtual Worlds to build a global interactive experience that befits an artist as innovative as Michael Jackson” added John McClain, co-executor of the Estate.
For game updates and to register to become a part of Planet Michael, please visit:www.planetmichael.com