Ever since Electronic Arts snatched up the Monopoly license for video game adaptation in 2007, it has been churning out title for many systems and mobile devices, but today EA takes the classic Hasbro game for a spin in a different and ambitious direction in 3D.
The publisher today announced Monopoly Streets, a game that is said to feature “a fully dynamic, living, 3D world that continuously evolves,” when it arrives later this year for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
EA has not clarified as to how it will achieve this, only saying players will “experience the game at street level.”
“We’re taking Hasbro’s No. 1 family game brand and masterfully striking the balance of offering the classic MONOPOLY play experience and adding a spectacular new visual treatment as we bring the classic board to life with players walking the streets of MONOPOLY,” said Chip Lange, General Manager and Senior Vice President of EA’s Hasbro Division. “MONOPOLY Streets will bring people together and connect families all over the world by offering online gameplay through their gaming consoles. We think this unique, combined offering will bring families together around the TV this holiday season for a classic family gaming tradition they’ll remember for years to come.”
Recognizing and acknowledging the fact that everyone plays differently, EA has decided to allow for “house rules.” So yes, you’ll be able to tinker the game to your liking, though how deep that fine-tuning stretches, was not noted in the announcement.
Additionally, Xbox 360 gamers can play as their Avatars and Wii players as their Miis. Other features will include online multiplayer and downloadable content in the form of game-boards, extra characters and tokens.
EA’s press release was vague, but one thing’s for sure. If you’ve ever wondered what Park Place or Water Works actually looked like, this will be your chance!