Not sure how to feel about this.
SEE Virtual Worlds today announced Planet Michael, a free-to-play massively multiplayer online virtual world. Planet Michael is described by SEE as “a massive social gaming experience” with “collaborative in-game activities,” set in “an immersive virtual space themed after iconic visuals drawn from Michael’s music, his life and the global issues that concerned him.”
It’s being developed by MindArk as part of its CryEngine 2-powered MMO universe Entropia Universe, which also features sci-fi and rock music-themed planets. Like other Entropia planets, Planet Michael will have a free client but offer microtransaction features – some of which will also benefit charity, as Jackson would apparently want. “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,” said Martin Biallas, SEE Virtual Worlds’ CEO, in the announcement. “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.”
The co-executor of the deceased pop star’s estate, John McClain, added that “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.”
Planet Michael is scheduled to launch some time next year.