EA will soon be releasing Monopoly Streets on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. This will be a different take on the classic board game as it will put players at the street level, presumably to give players the realistic feel of driving through the slums whenever they pass through Baltic and Mediterranean. More from the official EA press release:
MONOPOLY-Inspired Video Game to Help Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Hasbro’s MONOPOLY Brand
Guildford, UK. – May 7, 2010 –The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced it is developing MONOPOLY Streets for the Wii™, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
For the first time ever, players will experience MONOPOLY, one of the world’s favorite family game brands, as a fully dynamic, living, 3D world that continuously evolves with the video game action. Additionally, MONOPOLY Streets will feature online multiplayer and unique downloadable content for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 players around the world. Scheduled to launch in fall of 2010, the experience will offer an assortment of features that add to the thrill of becoming a MONOPOLY real estate mogul. Hasbro’s classic MONOPOLY will also be available on the Nintendo DS™ in conjunction with the release of MONOPOLY Streets.
In recognition of the MONOPOLY brand entertaining families around the globe for 75 years, MONOPOLY Streets will offer players the ability to become completely immersed within a MONOPOLY-themed world, re-imagined to experience the game at street level. Developing properties within high rent districts will produce lavish houses and hotels that appear within the world and further substantiate its visual appeal, while developing in the less expensive areas provide more modest, but no less interesting, establishments. The game will also feature player-owned headquarters that rise and fall along with the Player’s fortunes – large and luxurious when winning, stunted and minuscule when losing. For purists, MONOPOLY Streets will offer classic game board modes, as well.
MONOPOLY Streets will come loaded with an array of imaginative twists such as the ability to establish “house rules” where players can save their own set of customized rules tailored to their group of friends. In addition, players will be able to create and play as their own Wii Mii™ or Xbox 360 avatar, and have the city populated by their friend’s Wii Mii or Xbox 360 avatars. Online play will also ratchet up the fun on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, allowing players to find and challenge other aspiring moguls while tracking ranking and progress on local, national and world leaderboards. Additionally, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will feature an assortment of downloadable content that may include a variety of items such as themed boards and tokens.
I’m a board game lover from waaay back, so I can definitely see myself buying this game. Of course, I can’t even get my family to sit through a whole game of Monopoly, so I’m not sure how much luck I’ll have with complete strangers when this game comes out, but I’ll let you know when I get it.