2015-03-12 00:00:00 UTC
Players Can Create Their Own Interactive G.I. JOE Worlds
SAN FRANCISCO - March 12, 2015 - Linden Lab®, best known as the creator of the virtual world Second Life®, and Hasbro, Inc., today announced that the iconic G.I. JOE brand will be coming to Blocksworld, the popular build-and-play game for iPad.
Blocksworld lets players of all ages create fun 3D games, interactive scenarios, unique memes, models, and more, using a huge variety of blocks and a simple but powerful visual programming system. Blocksworld builders share their playable worlds in a global community and earn coins redeemable in an in-app Shop as their creations are ‘liked’ by other players. Players have already more than 2.3 million worlds in the community, from great games to impressive interactive models, and there’s always something new to play with.
Through the relationship with Hasbro, six fun new G.I. JOE games will be available for all Blocksworld players. The games present an exciting new storyline in the conflict between G.I. JOE and COBRA that ends in a cliffhanger, and Blocksworld players will be challenged to create and share their own interactive endings to the narrative.
Additionally, new G.I. JOE building sets available for purchase in the in-app Shop will include everything Blocksworld players need to create classic G.I. JOE and COBRA characters like ROADBLOCK, COBRA COMMANDER, and DESTRO; awesome vehicles like the RATTLER, SKY HAWK, and WOLVERINE; unique weapons, and more. Guided step-by-step building games make it easy for players to make playable G.I. JOE content that they can then use in any worlds they create.
“Kids love playing and creating in Blocksworld,” said Michelle Vuckovich, Linden Lab’s Director of Product for Blocksworld. “While having fun creating anything they can imagine, they’re also learning to think like programmers, game designers, and engineers - something parents and teachers can appreciate. Blocksworld’s physics and programming system are great for lasers, explosions, and all kinds of vehicles, and G.I. JOE is a perfect fit for those capabilities and our players’ interests. Blocksworld players will love the exciting new G.I. JOE games, and we can’t wait to see the creations they share to complete the storyline.”
Previously, the relationship with Hasbro, Inc., enabled Linden Lab to add TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY content to Blocksworld.
G.I. JOE and its associated characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2015 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.
About Linden Lab
Founded in 1999, Linden Lab is best known as the maker of Second Life, the largest-ever 3D virtual world filled entirely by the creations of its users. In 2013, the company expanded its product portfolio with Blocksworld, a lighthearted build-and-play system on the iPad for kids and grownups alike. Additionally, Linden Lab is currently developing the next-generation platform for virtual experiences, in the spirit of Second Life. For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities please visit LindenLab.com.
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