SEE Virtual Worlds to launch Michael Jackson MMO

Working with singer's estate to prep microtransaction-funded Planet Michael for next year

SEE Virtual Worlds has announced plans for a massively multiplayer game created in conjunction with the estate of controversial pop star Michael Jackson.

Planet Michael is slated for a late 2011 release, and will constitute "an innovative interactive gaming and social experience that celebrates Michael Jackson's life as an artist and humanitarian."

Billed as a 'virtual space', it's pegged as a social game themed around Jackson-based visuals and music.

Like Project Entropia, with which SEE is also partnered, Planet Michael is to be a subscription-fee game propped up with an economy based around real-world cash.

This "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," said Martin Biallas, CEO of SEE Virtual Worlds, "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.

"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."

SEE claims Planet Michael is the first of several planned virtual worlds.

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By Alec Meer

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Dan Griliopoulos Dreams 7 years ago
It's not the owners of Project Entropia - it's See Virtual Worlds, who are an entirely separate entity:
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Alec Meer Director, Rock, Paper, Shotgun Ltd7 years ago
Amended, thanks.
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Mike Wuetherick Lead Designer, Super Mega Awesome Games7 years ago
there are so many things wrong with this idea, i don't even know where to start.
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Melanie Acho7 years ago
Sounds like an cool idea.
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Rebellion Developments7 years ago
Is this game really going to survive in the MMO market? I can't see it lasting too long.
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Shane Sweeney Academic 7 years ago
Will it allow younger people and older people to connect in a fun and liberally free environment? :P
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Gabor Forrai CEO/DOD, Catmoon Games Ltd7 years ago
Thats will be great to play moonwalks for microtransactions. Also would be cool to get skin whitening cream for 5000. Dump idea. RIP MJ, leave him A.L.O.N.E at last !!!!
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