Massively: Was MindArk struggling financially or having difficulties funding Planet Calypso?
Corey Redmond: MindArk has spent over a decade developing and investing in the technological advancement of the Entropia Universe Platform, providing a unique opportunity to transform new and existing IPs into interactive entertainment. With SEE Virtual Worlds' acquisition of Planet Calypso and First Planet Company, MindArk can focus their efforts, as they have long intended, on fine-tuning their business model as a platform provider in 3-D interactive online entertainment. This was a strategic move on MindArk's part.
How will this acquisition benefit the players of Planet Calypso?
Planet Calypso will continue to be run by its established and experienced team. Joining the SEE family has presented us with a great opportunity to invest more human and financial resources in development and we are looking forward to a very successful year for Planet Calypso.
Is the age of Planet Calypso a concern in regards to making SEE's money back on the deal?
The Entropia Universe and virtual worlds in general are extremely lucrative. Calypso alone has had over $428 million processed in player-to-player transactions in 2010.
What plans are in store for the future of Planet Calypso?
We have big plans for Planet Calypso -- however we are not prepared to talk about it at this time. SEE Virtual Worlds and SEE Digital Studios are working together very closely to deliver new, cutting edge content for 2011 and beyond.
Is SEE Virtual Worlds positioning itself to be a strong competitor on the MMO stage?
Absolutely. SEE is dedicated to creating quality games within the MMO space that are tied to licensed entertainment properties. We are essentially bringing the world of themed entertainment to the virtual space. Planet Michael
and the Universal Monsters
game are just a few examples of our commitment to the virtual worlds industry.
Does Planet Calypso's strong RMT business model mean that we'll be seeing the same with Universal Monsters and Planet Michael?
Yes, all planets within the Entropia Universe
will share the same real cash economy.
Any further news on the development of Universal Monsters?
SEE Virtual Worlds is currently in the development phase for Universal Monsters
What about Planet Michael?
SEE Digital Studios is in the early stage of development for Planet Michael
Everyone loves origin stories. How did SEE come up with the idea for Universal Monsters and Planet Michael?
The idea for Planet Michael
arose from the premise of uniting fans and gamers in a world where they can pay tribute to Michael Jackson and his ideals, especially his desire to "Heal the World."
encourages gamers to not only enjoy their time in the world, but also to donate to causes that were closest to Michael's heart. Both SEE and the Estate view Planet Michael
as a social environment where gamers can continue to support Michael and contribute to the causes he worked so hard to support. There is no doubt that Michael was interested in building such a world, especially with these very personal additions. SEE and the Estate are completing this journey we believe he began.
The theme for Universal Monsters
is to revive the horror genre for the 21st century by introducing timeless film franchise characters onto an interactive platform.
Are there plans to cross-promote Calypso, Universal Monsters and Planet Michael?
Absolutely. Avatars within the Entropia Universe
are portable, meaning they can travel from planet to planet. We fully intend to encourage all the Entropia Universe
players to experience all of SEE planets in order to get the most out of their interactive online entertainment.
Who is leading the development team for SEE Digital Studios?
is responsible for managing and overseeing all development projects for SEE Digital Studios. With over 15 years of industry experience, Behrmann joined MindArk in 2002 as the Lead Game Designer responsible for Planet Calypso's
game system and rules. In 2008, he was appointed CEO of MindArk's former subsidiary, First Planet Company AB, with a clear focus of making Planet Calypso
one of the top online interactive games.
Will there be a continent in Planet Michael based on his Moonwalker film?
It's a little early for us to let you know what music, video or content licenses will be incorporated in the game, but rest assured that we know that no Michael Jackson environment would be complete without the sounds, actions and images that so represented the man and his music.
With Jackson's death in 2009, are there any worries that the fan base for him and his music may be waning?
Michael Jackson is such an iconic pop figure with an incredible and dedicated fan base and we are very excited to be working closely with the Estate on this project.
Thank you for speaking with us!