Google is joining forces with the world’s largest board game maker, Hasbro, to come up with an online avatar of the hugely popular property game Monopoly.
The California-based company has asked Hasbro to produce a web-based version of the game, which will employ Google Maps as a board to help players choose from several streets across the globe to buy.
Just like the traditional board form of the game, the online version of Monopoly will let layers purchase properties, as well as build football stadiums and other attractive sites along with houses and hotels.
Furthermore, the Chance cards will enable users to build prisons and waste-yards on their rivals’ streets. The Monopoly game is reportedly hitting the floor on 9 September.
Players will start the free version of the game with three million Monopoly dollars, and can snap up Downing Street for $231,000, as well as Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue, where White House stands, for $2 million.
After buying streets, players can build anything from skyscrapers to small houses in a bid to start raking in rent earning. Rents will be paid automatically every day, and it will range from $50,000 for cottages to $100 million for skyscrapers.
According to the game’s official website, “The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence. Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent”.
Google could possibly collect data from this game to create real life simulation and gather trends from the gamers, some of whom are likely to invest in the property market once things start looking up. It is likely that Hasbro will launch a premium version of the website fairly soon.