Epic Games and the LEGO Group have teamed up for an ambitious plan to build a safe metaverse for kids, LEGO said in a press release.
As part of the long-term partnership, the companies will focus on developing an "immersive, creatively inspiring and engaging digital experience for kids of all ages to enjoy together."
Although the compies didn't into detail about the new initiative, they said the main goal of the partnership is to give kids access to tools that will empower them to become "confident creators." Here's what Tim Sweeney, CEO & Founder of Epic Games, had to say:
The LEGO Group has captivated the imagination of children and adults through creative play for nearly a century, and we are excited to come together to build a space in the metaverse that’s fun, entertaining, and made for kids and families.
LEGO highlighted that the metaverse is already reshaping how people meet, play, work, learn and interact in a virtual, 3D world. With the partnership, the companies want to ensure that the next iteration of the internet is designed from the "outset with the wellbeing of kids in mind," LEGO added.
The move comes just a few days after Epic Games rolled out its fifth generation of Unreal Engine, a game engine. The company behind Fortnite is hoping that the new version of the game engine will give game developers and creators a tool to "realize next-generation real-time 3D content and experiences with greater freedom, fidelity, and flexibility than ever before."