While there’s no shortage of fun “Monopoly” versions to choose from, this time, the classic version of the board game is getting a socially conscious makeover.
Hasbro announced it is updating all 16 of the game's “community chest” cards to better reflect topics of “community.”
Per the company, the cards that previously included references to beauty contests, holiday funds, or life insurance have been “long overdue for a refresh."
“The world has changed a lot since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, and clearly today community is more important than ever,” said Eric Nyman, Hasbro’s chief consumer officer. “We felt like 2021 was the perfect time to give fans the opportunity to show the world what community means to them through voting on new Community Chest Cards.”
Fans are being called upon to weigh in and vote on the potential replacements. You can cast your vote at MonopolyCommunityChest.com.
The new cards will reward players for in-game actions like rescuing animals and supporting school bake sales, while other cards will penalize players for actions such as forgetting to recycle or not shopping locally.
Games with the new and improved cards will be available this fall.
The new cards will be included in games this fall.
There’s no word on whether the classic version of the game will still be sold or if it will be revamped as a “vintage” game.
Not all fans were happy with the change including Gyles Brandreth, a former European Monopoly champion, who said ““Don’t tamper with a classic. I still want to win a Beauty Contest and collect £ 10!”
Hasbro's decision to update Monopoly comes just weeks after the brand announced it would rebrand the “Mr. Potato Head” collection to a gender-neutral “Potato Head.”
The move was made to be more reflective of the full line, but the company assured the iconic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will continue to live on in some form.