LEGO Minifigures Online is switching from F2P to B2P this summer

Nothing but sad things to say.

Funcom has announced that its LEGO Minifigures Online is launching “with full cross-platform play this summer.” Wait a minute, didn’t this game already launch with a free-to-play model in October of 2014? Well, yes. Yes it did. But now it’s launching “in an all-new form” as a buy-to-play title on PC, Mac, Linux, and “select” iOS and Android tablets.

“No doubt free-to-play can be a great offering, but it is not necessarily the best option for any game,” explains Funcom CEO Rui Casais via press release. “The model in itself can be challenging with a young audience, and we also saw that it had a detrimental effect on gameplay and the kids’ enjoyment of the game. As a result, we are taking the necessary steps needed to make sure we unlock the full potential of LEGO Minifigures Online and make it an enjoyable experience for LEGO fans of all ages.”

Funcom has published an FAQ that addresses various business model questions. If you’re wondering, pre-existing F2P players can continue to play as long as they purchase the game. Their progress will be saved as long as they log in with the same LEGO ID.

Source: Funcom announcement, FAQ
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