Michael Jackson is coming back from the dead, but this time without all the extra hair and sweet red jacket–SEE Virtual Worlds announced a new free-to-play MMO based on the pop star’s life and music, Planet Michael, set for release late next year.
Planet Michael is under development with the blessing of the Michael Jackson Estate, meaning the world should be as close to interpretive reality as is possible, down to the very last sequin.
Players will be able to hold various jobs and donate to charitable causes, and as the press release details, Planet Michael
will be an immersive virtual space themed after iconic visuals drawn from Michael’s music, his life and the global issues that concerned him. 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. Michael’s longtime fans will feel at home as they find themselves in places that seem familiar and yet unknown at the same time, and new generations will discover and experience Michael’s life in a way never before imagined. At its core, Planet Michael is a massive social gaming experience that will allow everyone, from the hardcore fan to the novice, to connect and engage in collaborative in-game activities with people worldwide.
Planet Michael is one of the first environments in SEE Virtual Worlds’ Entropia Universe, a system of themed-planets developed by MindArk PE AB.
When creating the game, SEE CEO Martin Biallas envisioned “a magical, enjoyable place that will capture that zest for fun and life that was at Michael’s very core. 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.”
Planet Michael sounds like a real Thriller, if you’re into philanthropy MMOs based on kickass music. The game should be for all ages and demographics, including young boys, so will you be playing on Michael’s planet next year? Let’s hear it in the comments!