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'Secret World' studio developing new LEGO massively multiplayer game

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Based on the Minifigures toy line

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Funcom is developing new LEGO based massively multiplayer title.

The Norwegian studio behind the upcoming massively multiplayer game The Secret World is set to develop a new massively game based on the best selling LEGO Minifigures toy line.

As reported by MCVUK, the game is said to "focus on maximum accessibility" and will be "a prominent part of the LEGO Minifigures online experience" found at minifigures.lego.com.

Currently the online Minifigures website has millions of unique visitors monthly. In addition 340 million minifigures will be produced for numerous toylines this year, LEGO says.

This marks Funcom's move into the growing youth-oriented online games market.

"The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential," says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas.

"Being able to work with a world-renowned brand such as the LEGO brand to develop an MMO for this audience is incredibly exciting to us as game developers and for Funcom as a company.

"This is source material we all know and love and we simply cannot wait to get started working with the LEGO Group on realising this exciting project."

LEGO previously commissioned developer NetDevil to create a massively multiplayer title based on its toy brand. LEGO Universe was developed in 2010 and came to an end last year when it failed to find success in the market.