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Michael Jackson-Themed MMOG Announced

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A virtual planet dedicated to Michael Jackson is slated for a late 2011 release.

Tuesday the Estate of Michael Jackson revealed that a PC-based virtual realm dedicated to the King of Pop is scheduled to launch in late 2011.

Called Planet Michael, the massively multiplayer online virtual world is currently in production by SEE Virtual Worlds and will be part of MindArk's CryEngine 2-powered Entropia Universe. The virtual planet will be void of any monthly subscription fees, relying instead on a real-world, in-game economy as seen in Second Life.

According to the publisher, 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.

"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," SEE Virtual Worlds said. "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."

Planet Michael will join two other existing worlds within the virtual universe: Planet Calypso, a sci-fi themed planet, and Rocktropia, a rock music-themed planet. The King of Pop's dedicated planet promises to be a "magical, enjoyable place that will capture that zest for fun and life that was at Michael’s very core."

"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," said John McClain, co-executor of The Estate of Michael Jackson.

Currently it's unknown if fans will have access to a virtual renditions of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch or Francis Ford Coppola's 3D flick Captain EO originally seen at Disney's Epcot Center (written by George Lucas), however early screenshots depict virtual recreations of scenarios presented in his Billy Jean and Thriller videos, as seen below.

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    Sabiancym , September 21, 2010 8:17 PM
    Will it only be open to players 13 and under?
  • 26 Hide
    aaron92 , September 21, 2010 8:16 PM
    No. Just no.
  • 22 Hide
    sicpric , September 21, 2010 8:22 PM
    This makes me want to throw up.
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  • 26 Hide
    aaron92 , September 21, 2010 8:16 PM
    No. Just no.
  • 30 Hide
    Sabiancym , September 21, 2010 8:17 PM
    Will it only be open to players 13 and under?
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    BluntObjection , September 21, 2010 8:20 PM
    I bet this won't top "Moonwalker".

    C'mon now, who just nostalgia'd?
  • 21 Hide
    MichaelC4 , September 21, 2010 8:20 PM
    Is it going to be safe for little boys?

  • 22 Hide
    sicpric , September 21, 2010 8:22 PM
    This makes me want to throw up.
  • 21 Hide
    Darkerson , September 21, 2010 8:24 PM
    Wait, What?!?
    This has to be the most retarded concept for an MMO yet...
  • 10 Hide
    mrmoo500 , September 21, 2010 8:25 PM
    Anything to make a buck...
  • 14 Hide
    Anonymous , September 21, 2010 8:26 PM
    wow thats just a disgrace to pc gaming and thats just ***** up on so many levels lol
  • 3 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 21, 2010 8:26 PM
    Ewwwwww, just ewwwwww
    Too, many, jokes....
    http://www.jokefile.co.uk/rich/michaeljackson.html
  • 11 Hide
    dgingeri , September 21, 2010 8:29 PM
    Someone thought this was a good idea?!?!
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    dan117 , September 21, 2010 8:29 PM
    The screenshots look more like WoW-graphics than Crysis graphics.
  • 9 Hide
    screechy , September 21, 2010 8:31 PM
    A magical place where child molesters of all ages come to "play" with little kids.
  • 10 Hide
    sirmorluk , September 21, 2010 8:32 PM
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
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    darkchazz , September 21, 2010 8:34 PM
    What is this ?!?! O.o



    Removed expletives.
  • 16 Hide
    micr0be , September 21, 2010 8:35 PM
    no one would even pirate this
  • 13 Hide
    Hellbound , September 21, 2010 8:36 PM
    Cant wait to get my +1 tricking children glove...
  • 9 Hide
    coondawg , September 21, 2010 8:40 PM
    "Rated Ko, for Kids Only"
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    Aintry , September 21, 2010 8:43 PM
    "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."

    I'll bet Beethoven couldn't moonwalk! Seriously, I want some of whatever it is that this guy's taking.
  • 10 Hide
    Stryter , September 21, 2010 8:45 PM
    Hmm, I wonder if you will have to collect legos and other plastic toys in order to upgrade your body with better parts
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2010 8:52 PM
    Will there be a way to "beat it"? Because, if not, that goes against the MJ ideal grain.
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