EA banks Monopoly

Publisher flexes Hasbro license with family-focused business-tycoon game on 360, Wii, PS2, mobile, and online portal Pogo this fall.

As part of Atari's economic turmoil last year, the publisher in July sold Hasbro back its rights to make console, handheld, and online games based on its extensive line of toys and board games. Quickly capitalizing on that move, EA moved in on Hasbro, announcing in August that it had picked up the rights to Hasbro products that Atari had just sold.

In February, the first fruits of that union surfaced, with EA saying it would be making console and handheld casual games out of Littlest Pet Shop and Nerf N-Strike. At that time, the publisher also said that games based on Hasbro's arguably most recognized brands, Scrabble and Monopoly, were also in the works. True to its word, EA said today that it would adapt Hasbro's venerable capitalist-tycoon game for the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, mobile devices, and its online casual portal Pogo.com, with a release slated for this fall.

Hasbro's Monopoly is hardly a stranger to the interactive medium, having appeared on various gaming platforms dating back to the NES and beyond. The latest take on the game will be modeled after Hasbro's newest board game, Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition, and promises a "party twist" and faster gameplay as well as local multiplayer action for up to four. Players will also be tasked with various challenges and minigames to unlock new boards.

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dj_c4
dj_c4

...or you could just...I dunno...buy the damn board game. I'm glad to see the Wii technology being used to its fullest extent in this high octane rendition of Monopoly. This is totally something EA would do...cheap money grab. What a pile of crap.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Hmm, which should I buy...Gears of War 2...Monopoly...I dont know....lol

JuggerGrimrod
JuggerGrimrod

There is a reason why "Uno" was one of the most successful XBLA titles, it was fun, fairly inexpensive for most people, rather addicting, and quite simple. Yes, Monopoly is a more "detailed" game, but at $39.99, it may be too much for most people to shell out. I can see this being a 1600 MS points release at most via Arcade, but the jury is still out, who knows, it may be worth the $40 price tag as it gets closer to release.

Jedi_Master1121
Jedi_Master1121

I wanted this game for the 360 since Live was around i will buy this game even if it suvks how can you NOT like the game!

lop890
lop890

oh new monopoly for wii nooooooooooo! there games no so good

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

if they were only 800 MS points i would consider Monopoly, surely EA wouldnt have the audacity to release them in stores (£30+).

ocdog45
ocdog45

games not good enough for hte ps3. im syre uts a DLC for the 360

zombey1333
zombey1333

Oh joy. Another really cruddy, basic, boring, "realistic" game from EA, makers of great...er...semi-fun mediocre games. Not looking foward to the amount of fail that'll come spewing forth from this tragedy.

Link_Destined_1
Link_Destined_1

EA would have to fail pretty hard to mess something as simple as this up.

okassar
okassar

Yes!I'm surprised they didn't do that yet.Monopoly is awesome!

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

right on lewis2112! I don't think Monopoly is as popular as it was when I was a child, so EA is gonna have to pitch higher if they want to score.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

well, all i can say is that these 'Proposed' games had better be XBLA games, as theres no way on gods green earth im gonna go and pay £30+ for them!!

Haeravon
Haeravon

Ah.. I see that 'irony' has already lit up the board. Well, I can't miss my say, even if it's not original. Instead of 'Go to Jail', you'll be imprisoned in an EA retailer. Instead of 'bail' you'll have to buy an EA game to get out. Everybody will hope for doubles. Other than that, EA wont change much, except the 'Chance' cards. EA doesn't believe in taking chances. They'll be replaced with 'Sequel' cards. They're all the same card, really, they just have a different number after the title.

lewis2112
lewis2112

Oh the irony lol, ea making monopoly, oh wait ea already do buying out every company in existence and ruining games left right and centre. I hope ea go bust

mrkame16
mrkame16

TheRooskie says "Thats what EA is going to have if it keeps buying out Companies and Licenses: a Monopoly." You are so right!

akiwak
akiwak

I can see it now Monopoly 'EA board editon' instead of Boardwalk as the most coveted it will be TakeTwo.......

ghost867
ghost867

If it's not a $10 game on XBLA, then I couldn't care less about it. EA is just trying to rip you off as much as humanly possible, what else is new.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I expected Monopoly to be an XBLA and PSN title. I didn't expect it to be a full release. I would pay $10 for traditional monopoly with only one board. But I'm not sure that I would pay $40-60 for a full-fledge version. This could really suck because I've been looking forward to Monopoly for a while.

WormyTheWorm
WormyTheWorm

so how much MS points will EA charge for the Iron, Top Hat, Scottie Dog and other various objects that represent the player?

TheRooskie
TheRooskie

Thats what EA is going to have if it keeps buying out Companies and Licenses: a Monopoly.

twashington9737
twashington9737

When I used to work from home, I hooked up my Dreamcast and would play this on my NES emulation disc then on my SNES disc. Very addicting and would love to own this one, so I don't have to switch system hookups BUT where is the PS3 version? Guess I will have to settle for PS2 version, then. Eh.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

EA is going to dominate the WORLD! monopoly sounds like a cool "chill out" game. When you don't really want to get into some hardcore gameplay... Its gotta be an XBL Arcade game. Kinda like UNO... My wife will be happy too!

Kraige
Kraige

Holy **** that Xbox insider post wasnt an April fools joke there is going to be a 360 board game accesory lol.

Foxinferno
Foxinferno

Its kinda funny. On this post all you have to say is "I hate EA" and everyone agrees with you, but for the game I don't see what EA could really do with monopoly, unless they did make the EA special edition. Then everyone would buy it just to get a good laugh...lol.

ag3ntz3rox0x
ag3ntz3rox0x

if its 800 ms points ill buy it. if theyre going to charge 60 for it retail. count me out

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Monopoly on XBL = another arcade title purchase for my wife. Hope it's $10 but almost guaranteed it's will be $15.

jknight5422
jknight5422

EA..the new Starbucks/McDonald's/Wal-mart...Jesus..don't you think they could do better than following in everyone else's footsteps? Future game development is going to suck thanks to these EA-holes.

darkslider99
darkslider99

When I first seen that title I thought they meant EA has a monopoly on the gaming industry...won't be long in anycase

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Hmm - make it work with the Vision Camera and the Big Button controllers - the casuals will eat it up.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lol nextgen monopoly. they need to make a board controller

jsrock_on54
jsrock_on54

i like that idea. instead of boardwalk & park place you have the NFL & Take Two

ctifer1
ctifer1

I was just looking at the XBox Live Arcade yesterday wondering when we were going to get Monopoly. Hopefully this is on Arcade, not a full retail release.

mathew952
mathew952

Every time a company remakes a board game, A kitten dies.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Is this going to be a downloadable game or is EA is going to take what should be a $10 game and turn it into a retail release. . Even if they go that route, surely they couldn't be stupid enough to charge full price for this. . AriotUK - "Maybe instead of buying houses and hotels, each location could be a different software publisher bought out by EA - I'd definitely see Take 2 as the Mayfair of the board (at least presently)." . lol, Yea, the EA special edition. Mayfair must be what they call Boardwalk in the UK because they don't have a property called Mayfair in the US edition.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Sounds like the next UNO for me. :D

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

EA and monopoly are words I fear when put together. :P

ColdRush88
ColdRush88

As said below it's pretty funny and very ironic that EA is selling Monopoly. Maybe one of the board playing pieces will be an EA exec?

mattyftm
mattyftm

This would be a perfect XBLA game, but it sounds like its a retail game, which is stupid.

munkymatt
munkymatt

ok seems hasbro have nothing to do with rollercoaster tycoon anymore, my bad. Confused.... guessing they published the first one or something?

taurian0205
taurian0205

lol, pirating ea games is our top priority, why? tell u why, they release the same crap everysingle years, instead of perfecting it once every 4 years perhaps, they bloody sell us the same game every year with very few worth noticing features, but however, who doesnt love fifa 08 here? i love fifa 08, but they dont wanna give us full player team match and instead they downgraded it into 10 players max

munkymatt
munkymatt

Hope they revive Rollercoaster Tycoon! My guilty pleasure :)

diablobasher
diablobasher

Goddamit. Surely there comes a point where some sort of monopoly commision has to investigate EA?!?! They are buying up EVERYTHING and soon, my prediction will come true. They are going to attempt to make their own console in effort to solidify a one console market.

djburnzy1
djburnzy1

i aint gonna buy unless it has decent entertainment value. although i could hardly expect that from a board game on xbox .

AriotUK
AriotUK

Oh, the wonderful twisted irony that EA is selling a game called Monopoly. Maybe instead of buying houses and hotels, each location could be a different software publisher bought out by EA - I'd definitely see Take 2 as the Mayfair of the board (at least presently).