When big movie titles come out, there is often a video game released to build synergy between the two products. A new television show Defiance is getting a ton of buzz with a science fiction plot that translates to an online game world. Random House is hoping to capitalize on this growing trend of media convergence with a new story based video game to run in parallel with a new ebook.
Supported and funded by Random House, Black Crown is powered by Failbetter Games’ StoryNexus platform, with special functionality created for the Black Crown project and additional features by Popleaf. The website is due to go live in May.
The game itself is a bit of a mystery, as is the author and the upcoming ebook title. All we know is that it is a post-apocalyptic setting and the game is free to play, with micro transactions to unlock new content and stories.
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