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EA Reinvents Classic Board Game With Monopoly Streets

by Ben Reeves on May 06, 2010 at 01:32 PM

Bickering with friends about rent and jail time only ever seems fun when you’re playing Monopoly. Hasbro’s classic board game has already been translated to digital form several times, but it’s never been realized as an evolving 3D world. Well, after more than 75 years of being crammed in a box, EA is ready to help the game break out of the mold with Monopoly Streets.

Monopoly Streets will re-imagined the Monopoly experience at street level. Players will be able to develop rental properties and hotels within high rent and low districts, and watch as their city blossoms into a busy metropolis. Online multiplayer and unique downloadable content have also been promised for the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 version, though the game will also be coming to the Wii.

“We’re taking Hasbro’s No. 1 family game brand and masterfully striking the balance [between the] classic Monopoly play experience and 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. “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.”

We liked this game the first time we heard about it, back when it was called Sim City. How will this be different from EA's other city management series? And how will the game’s multiplayer modes work? We’re eager to find out. Any Monopoly fans out there?