BBC Worldwide to create Jane Austen game for Facebook

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide is preparing to bring the world of Jane Austen to Facebook in a new interactive game inspired by her work.

Developed in partnership with Legacy Interactive, Jane Austen‘s Rogues and Romance will re-create the world of her novels allowing players to take part in an imaginative adventure that follows the path of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy after they are married.

For almost 200 years, Jane Austen‘s work has stood the test of time with legions of fans worldwide enjoying her witty character portrayals and depictions of 19th century English society. Her novels have inspired countless adaptations, prequels and sequels including The Jane Austen Book Club; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Clueless. Jane Austen‘s Rogues and Romance will mark the first time her works have inspired an online social game.

Robert Nashak, EVP, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games, explains, "Social interaction is at the core of Austen‘s work and we felt that was a concept we could explore that had a natural synergy with Facebook. Rogues and Romance is a fun romp of a game that celebrates the world of Jane Austen."

Legacy Interactive CEO Ariella Lehrer said, "I am a ‘Janeite‘ of long standing and thrilled to be able to translate my secret obsession into a fun social game. We are determined to deliver an experience that passionate Austen fans will love, as well as gameplayers who know of Austen but have never read her novels."

Jane Austen‘s Rogues and Romance is set to launch on Facebook. The game takes ‘Pride and Prejudice‘ as its starting point following the newly married Elizabeth and Mr Darcy on a hidden object adventure with a twist. Players will be able to take their place in society leaving calling cards, attending and hosting receptions and pursuing courtships. Each player will have their own manor house and be able to indulge their penchant for fashion with a choice of Regency-era costumes.

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