Q: Why are you making the game buy-to-play?
A: During the initial run of the PC version of the game, we have collected player data and feedback, and have used this to make informed decisions about the continued development of the game. The buy-to-play business model will allow us to present a more fun and engaging gaming experience that we believe will resonate better with the target audience, thus we believe that the buy-to-play business model will be more commercially viable for LEGO Minifigures Online than the free-to-play business model.
Q: Are there any changes being made to the game for this transition?
A: Many aspects of the game are receiving a significant overhaul that will coincide with the release of the buy-to-play game this summer. Several enhancements and additions are being made across the board. For example, we are implementing a strong narrative, with a voiced storyteller guiding players through the game and the different worlds using cinematics and scripted events. We are also implementing unique gameplay events in the different locations that will make the worlds come even more alive, and much more.
Q: What happens to existing customers?
A: Anyone who has previously spent money on memberships or other in-game benefits will be upgraded to the full “purchased” version of the game.
Q: What about players who haven’t spent any money?
A: They will need to purchase the game to continue playing.
Q:Will players have to start over or will their progress be saved?
A: As long as they use the same LEGO ID their progress will be saved.
Q: Do I need to purchase the game separately on each platform?
A: The PC/Mac/Linux version can be purchased on the game's official website or through Steam, while the Android and iOS versions are available as separate purchases through Google Play and the App Store respectively. Other distribution channels may also become available.
Q: What about households that might have multiple players? Will they need to buy separate copies?
A: No, we are adding support for multiple “Characters” per install.
Q: Will there be any free areas or limited trial areas?
A: No, players will need to buy the client in order to play the game.
Q: What about Diamonds?
A: Diamonds will also be removed. Existing diamonds will be converted to stars.
Q: When do you plan to launch this conversion?
A: This summer.
Q: How much will LEGO Minifigures Online cost?
A: Pricing will be announced at a later date.
Q: When exactly will the this change will take effect?
A: The exact date for the change will be announced later.
Q: What kind of in-game benefits will players receive?
A: Anyone who has spent any money, will be upgraded to the full version of the game. Players will discover many changes to the game when they first start playing the buy-to-play version, and we look forward to revealing more details soon.
Q: Since diamonds will become stars, will the value of diamonds compared to stars be taken into account for this exchange?
A: Details on the diamonds-to-stars conversion will be announced later.
Q: Will entering minifigure codes from packs still be a feature?
A: Yes, absolutely.
Q: When will unlimited memberships no longer be available?
A: Unlimited memberships will be phased out close to the launch of the buy-to-play version.