Announcing Faunasphere, a browser–based massively multiplayer social game where players adopt lovable and quirky creatures called Fauna and collaborate to create and explore shared virtual worlds.

Faunasphere has been in development for nearly two years and we are all excited to see it enter the last leg of development. Faunasphere was started by a company named Thinglefin who Big Fish Games acquired in 2008. Thinglefin was founded by Toby Ragaini, the designer of Asheron’s Call and The Matrix Online, along with Jeremy Friesen, and Ryan O’Rourke.

"It is not Webkinz. It is not Neopets. It is not a virtual world," said Big Fish Games Chief Executive Jeremy Lewis in an interview. "It really takes the most unique and compelling elements of all of those."

Faunasphere is currently in closed beta testing and is by invite only. However, users can enter their email address on the Faunasphere home page to be placed on a waiting list.

We thought it would be fun to share some screenshots from the game with you. These can also be seen at the Faunasphere game site along with the original concept art.

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