You either die a trend, or live long enough to become a board game. And in this case, the hit web-based word game Wordle has chosen the latter. Thats right, that word game with the green squares that was all over social media is getting a physical table game. Introducing Wordle: The Party Game.
Announced with their own website, toy maker Hasbro has partnered with The New York Times (the current owner of Wordle) to produce Wordle: The Party Game. Supporting 2 to 4 players, it essentially recreates the original game, but with words provided by other players. Taking place in rounds, each round will have one player designated the host. They will then provide a secret word while the rest of the players have six tries to guess the word.
This is a rather inevitable phase for Wordle. The project began as something that a developer had made as a way to bond with his wife over. After gaining immense online popularity earlier this year, the game was eventually purchased from the creator by the New York Times. Since then, it had silently operated within the newspaper companys online games selection, being almost entirely unchanged from its original design.
This appears to be NYTs first action to monetize Wordle. And to be frank, we like this method. When the popular choice for monetizing a free game is to use invasive advertising or introduce aspects like microtransaction, the core game suffers. We like Wordle and would be terribly saddened to see it devolve into something like that.
With all of that said, preorders for Wordle: The Party Game are available now online. Its expected to release properly on Oct 2, 2022.