PAWTUCKET, RI – MAY 2, 2018 – Announced yesterday at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference, Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) is working with Oculus to bring Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for Boggle, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly to people with Oculus Go, for the first time. The VR games will be accessible in the Oculus Store wherever Oculus Rooms is available for Oculus Go, across 23 countries. The launch of the games is a part of a major update for Oculus Rooms, an Oculus app that allows people to spend time with friends in VR while enjoying social activities like playing games and watching TV. Oculus Go users will be able to play games head-to-head with friends in Oculus Rooms with life-like avatars in fully customizable environments. Boggle will be the first game to launch this June; Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly will be released later this year.
“Gaming is a major strategic differentiator for our company and as gaming platforms and audiences continue to expand globally we are excited to work with Oculus to bring our beloved brands to new audiences in VR,” said Mark Blecher, SVP Digital Gaming & Corporate Development at Hasbro. “Our consumers are technologically savvy and we strive to provide them with products that fit their lifestyle, which includes, engaging content, enhanced play experiences and digital interaction. Bringing Hasbro Gaming experiences to the virtual world was a logical next step in this evolution. We can’t wait to see how much fun people will have playing Boggle in VR!”
With Oculus Rooms, people can customize their individual rooms with their own photos and personal touches. Once the player’s room is ready, they can invite friends to play games, watch videos, or jump into apps together.
Just like the classic Boggle game that millions of people around the world love to play, with Oculus Go, users can play with friends and family in this new virtual take on the popular 3 minute word search game:
- Play with up to four people in a real-time game of Boggle
- Connect letters up, down, diagonally and sideways to make words before opponents
- Be the player with the most points to win the game before the timer runs out
- Strengthen word searching skills in solo mode in between matches
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
Sean Earley is the Executive Editor of AR/VR Magazine & co-founder of RobotSpaceship Podcast Network. He is the Director of New Biz Development and Publishing at KEMWEB, a musician, producer & consultant. He loves guitars, VR and coffee.