It’s not often you see a game go from free-to-play to not free-to-play — or at least you don’t see it from entire games, as opposed to special “subscribers-only” servers or whatnot. But that’s the route Funcom is going with LEGO Minifigures Online, the currently F2P LEGO-inspired MMORPG, which has been in open beta for a while and will fully launch on June 29.

According to the game’s FAQ, players who have spent any amount of money in the game’s cash shop will receive the full, paid version of the game on the 29th, which will include a fully voiced guide and improved tutorial. The FAQ says that the price has not yet been set, but a press release for the game lists $29.99 as the price for PC, Mac, and Linux, and $4.99 for the Android and iOS versions.

I played a little bit of LMO and it was pleasing enough, though probably not aimed at my particular demographic. That makes it even stranger, it would seem, that Funcom would “un-free” a game meant for younger players. What do you think of the move?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Hmm on June 28, 2015

    Aaaaaaand….its gone!

  2. FrostSpike on June 24, 2015

    Looking at my crystal balls this is gona crash and burn Gj Funcom

  3. unmarked on June 23, 2015

    Didn’t the last lego game crash and burn because of this payment option?

  4. whatwhenwhy on June 23, 2015

    What the hell kind of dog is that!

  5. ron on June 23, 2015

    this is funcom we are talking about , the same A-holes who think its ok to be b2p + p2p + have cash shop lol .
    what did you expect seriously ?

  6. nexthazard on June 23, 2015

    they should keep it f2p and make micro transactions or this game will die

    • Nexle on June 23, 2015

      Stupid whale, just pay like everybody else.

  7. -GG-TheSecondJoker on June 23, 2015

    Better make it b2p rather than p2w or pay to survive some incredibly hard bosses.

  8. Terranova667 on June 22, 2015

    Not sure why they would do that other than a cash grab maybe the game isn’t doing so well.

    • DrunkDuck on June 23, 2015

      when a game doesnt do good is when games become free not the other way around.
      By making it pay if the game isnt good they will not earn more money but less.