MTV and GigaMedia have teamed up to develop an MMO based on everyone’s favourite Porifera, SpongeBob SquarePants. Don’t expect to see this game for a while though, here in the west at least. It’s booked for a 2011 release, but so far only in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. “Partnering with GigaMedia on the development of a SpongeBob SquarePants MMOG allows us to bring the residents of Bikini Bottom into a whole new world — one that is tremendously popular in Asia and presents unlimited creative and business opportunities for the franchise,” said Jihee Nam, vice president of Digital for MTV Networks Asia. “SpongeBob SquarePants is Nickelodeon’s best known property within Asia and we’re extremely proud to oversee the development of the MMOG with local business partners. We look forward to working hand in hand with GigaMedia on bringing SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Gary and Sandy Cheeks to life in an entirely new and incredibly popular online world.” There is set to be a free to play model of the game, which will offer players an online store where they can buy items to customise their game.