SEE Virtual Worlds has announced a massive online Michael Jackson-themed video game for the PC. Did you just do a double take? Yeah, we didn't believe it the first few times either. Planet Michael (no, once again this is not a really late April Fools' joke) is set to launch next year and will be free to play, though it will include microtransaction features, some of which will go to charities. Not only is there a website, but there are also Twitter, Facebook and MySpace accounts, so it's pretty darn official!
The website describes the game as "a world inspired by the King of Pop's enduring artistry and heart. Make yourself a home on Planet Michael where old and new friends can appreciate the magic of his music and his commitment to spreading messages of love and peace." In other words, it's supposed to be a massive multiplayer online game and social network that essentially equates to a virtual Neverland.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 and died on June 25, 2009. The American recording artist, entertainer, and philanthropist is often referred to as the King of Pop, and is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. We sincerely hope this game does not tarnish his reputation.