Michael Jackson will soon be immortalized in pixels and polygons (yet again) in Planet Michael, a free-to-play MMO set to launch in 2011 by publisher SEE Virtual Worlds. According to publisher, the game will focus on "Michael's music, his life, and the global issues that concerned him."
Planet Michael will have players "engage in collaborative in-game activities with people worldwide," SEE Virtual Worlds said.
Planet Michael will be one of the first themed planets to be introduced to Swedish developer MindArk's Entropia Universe, which was also published by SEE Virtual Worlds. Entropia Universe is a sci-fi, 3D virtual environment featuring several planets that are all free to play in, but houses a thriving microtransaction economy that Planet Michael will be part of that will donate to a charitable cause that has yet to be revealed, according to the publisher.
We're cautiously curious as to what these worldwide activities will entail, not to mention the "dozens of occupations" that we'll be able to purchase. We almost don't want to know.
"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," SEE Virtual Worlds claims.
"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."
We most certainly don't want to know what technologies Michael was researching in his hay day. We'll just stick with one awesome Sega Genesis game and, now, a virtual planet in his honor.
[Via Wired UK]
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