The EA Play Label has announced that it is bringing Hasbro's worldwide hit strategy game, Risk, to Xbox LIVE Arcade early in 2010.
"For the past half-century, millions of Risk fans have been consumed with ruling the world, underscoring the board game’s enduring appeal," said Chip Lange, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA's Hasbro Division. "We're now going bring that masterpiece experience to life and add other amazing layers of XBLA-style gameplay that will take conquests to a new level, including the ability to battle players from around the globe for the first time, truly giving new meaning to the phrase 'world domination'."
Developed by Stainless Games (Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers), Risk: Factions promises innovative ways of experiencing the timeless turn-based board game in both objective-based and world conquest modes.
Players will take control of one of five factions, each with different strengths, as they wage war on new maps in a quest for missile silos in order to strategically dominate the game. Additionally, enemies will be able to trigger 'Overkill' moments, based on the roll of the dice, and unlock avatar awards while attempting global supremacy.
"Just as the original Risk board game broke new ground 50 years ago by being the first game to offer non-linear movement, EA is re-inventing this long-time favourite for today's digital consumer," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Gaming at Hasbro. "We expect Risk: Factions to be well received on XBLA among the strategy and simulation community."