by Christopher Freeburn | July 26, 2013 12:25 pm
An errant report about a much-beloved Hasbro (HAS) board game caused a minor Internet uproar on Thursday.
The toy maker moved quickly to correct information contained in a Wall Street Journal article, which suggested that a new version of the classic board game Monopoly would ditch the game’s long-standing “jail” feature, FastCompany notes.
Responding to media inquiries and fevered web chatter, Hasbro affirmed that the jail — in which players are confined until they make a lucky dice roll — continues to be a feature in the new Monopoly Empire version.
The newest version of Monopoly allows players to buy popular commercial brand names, including McDonald’s (MCD), Coca-Cola (KO) and Microsoft‘s (MSFT) Xbox, instead of places like Boardwalk and Park Avenue.
In addition to different properties, Monopoly Empire features different pieces for each player, including a box of McDonald’s french fries, a Coca-Cola bottle and an Xbox game controller.
Earlier this year, Hasbro sponsored a Facebook (FB) contest that let Monopoly enthusiasts to replace one of the classic game’s pieces. A piece shaped like a cat was the winner and will replace the long-standing iron piece.
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