Random House launches free-to-play game

Joins forces with FailBetter Games for Black Crown

Book publisher Random House has joined forces with developer Failbetter to release a free-to-play narrative title.

The Black Crown Project is a free-top-play game that uses Failbetter's StoryNexus, a browser-based tool for creating interactive fiction.

"Supported and funded by Random House, Black Crown is powered by Failbetter Games' StoryNexus platform, with special functionality created for the Black Crown project. Additional features by Popleaf. The author will be revealed on launch in May."

Random House's Dan Franklin told The Bookseller the publisher hoped to attract thousands of players, and "there was a possibility that it will become a book and an e-book" in the future.

It's not the first time two companies have worked together, Failbetter created narrative game as part of the marketing campaign for Erin Morgenstern's 2011 novel The Night Circus.

More stories

Failbetter Games' quest to eradicate crunch

Adam Myers and Hannah Flynn talk about making Sunless Skies with a dedication to ethical development practices

By Connor Makar

Failbetter: Sunless Skies did "far better than we needed it do"

London-based indie reportedly in good financial health following critical and commercial success of latest title

By Ivy Taylor

Latest comments

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.