Monopoly. Risk. Trivial Pursuit. When it comes to undeniable classics, these board games outrank even some of our most cherished videogames. Of course, these three masterpieces have all gone virtual before – but now you’ll be able to experience them (and more) in a new way with the Hasbro Game Channel.
Available to download this fall on new-gen consoles (PS4, Xbox One), the Hasbro Game Channel is a family-friendly digital destination where players can send each other messages and see what everyone is playing. Along with the initial batch of Hasbro titles, the Channel also offers opportunities to gain experience and earn HGC currency by taking on in-game missions; players can then spend their currency on a variety of rewards. The Channel also will keep players up to date on all the latest Hasbro innovations and releases. In other words, a convenient way to get the most out of your Hasbro games while staying in touch with friends and family.
“We have worked closely with Ubisoft on the development of the Hasbro Game Channel, which will bring family and friends together for a fun and social gaming experience with their favorite brands,” said Mark Blecher, senior vice president of digital gaming and corporate development for Hasbro. “The new console games will allow players to connect and play with others, not just in their living rooms, but around the world.”
Each of the initial three games will offer the classic board-game experience along with new gameplay modes, missions, achievements and rewards. “We’re bringing Hasbro’s classic games to the digital age, capturing all the excitement and fun of these timeless games and building new ways to play them with the Hasbro Game Channel,” said Chris Early, vice president of digital publishing at Ubisoft.
Remember, these are only the initial offerings; plans are in the works for more games based on Risk and Monopoly, and completely new games will also hit the channel by the end of 2015. For now, though, here’s an in-depth look at the initial three games…
First, a few fun facts: Monopoly is the world’s No.1 board game. It’s available in 111 countries, in 43 languages – and it’s sold an astounding 275 million sets.
And yet despite its ubiquity, there’s one thing we can all disagree on: those pesky house rules. That’s where Monopoly Plus comes in; you’ll not only become fully immersed in an animated 3D city that evolves as you play (with inhabitants who literally cheer you on), but you can adapt the rules to your chosen playing style. The game also supports up to 6 players – but don’t worry if you don’t have half-a-dozen gamepads. On Xbox One and PS4, you can use a second screen (mobile or tablet) to control the game. And as a bonus, you can use your mobile/tablet camera to snap and display photos capturing specific moments.
Players can also purchase the My Monopoly DLC, which allows them to personalize their game board using more than 50 3D assets. Build your own city in the center of the board, and customize the streets by changing their names and images.
One of the original and still one of the very best games about global domination, Risk launched in 1959 and has since sold 36 million sets in 25 different markets around the globe. The strategy game is a test of wits, where players face off against each other and push for victory by testing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. The classic game is fully intact, but enhanced with immersive virtual content that reflects modern armies and delivers videos and images in dynamic response to players. It also includes IRIS (Integrated Reconnaissance and Intelligence System), which will guide new players through the intricacies of the game while giving tactical advice that can improve the strategies of even the most experienced armchair generals.
Up to four people can play a game, and online leagues are available for those who want to battle their way to the very top. Players can also change the win conditions and vary up the rules to customize their game.
Everyone loves trivia, but everyone really loves Trivial Pursuit. The popular phenomenon comes to HGC with an exciting TV show atmosphere. Trivial Pursuit Live! delivers a range of different question formats and round types, adding to the variety and keeping the social experience lively. It also includes ways to ensure everyone stays involved, like letting the player with the lowest score at the end of a round choose the category of the last question. And for those who want a shorter experience, players can customize the game length as well.
While Hasbro Game Channel isn’t releasing on Xbox 360 or PS3, all three games will be available to download individually on those consoles.
What happened to this concept? An actual integrated app not some website that opens in the web browser. False advertising bait and switch.
Hope to see this on pc too, I always thought it would be cool to play classic board games I love on pc with super cool gfx, and this game channel seem to do just that
Happy to see this coming to Xbox One and PS4. The classics are a great entry point for gamers of all ages, and it's wise to establish something like this early on in their lifecycles.
Not having a Wii U version is just wrong. These are exactly the types of games that Nintendo owners are always accused of buying. With an install base of almost 7million "casual" gamers seems very strange.