Major book publisher launches gamebook app series

Book publishing giant Hachette is launching a book mobile app that combines reading with gameplay.

The firm has teamed up with New Star Games and Martyn Brown’s Insight Studios to create a New Star Soccer Story, which is based on the 20m-selling New Star Soccer mobile game.

The title will be released to coincide with Euro 2016.

The game/book is a mix of a choose-your-own-adventure with gameplay elements. It will take the reader from playing football in the park to playing in the cup final – or not, depending on the choices that are made along the way. It is being written by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore.

Hachette hopes the initiative can attract young people into reading, and says it is on the look-out for other properties to give the gamebook treatment.

Hachette is continually looking at new ways to engage with readers,” explained Hachette’s Brand Development Director Damian Horner. The gamebook series combines gameplay technology and traditional storytelling in a new way that goes far beyond the printed page or ebook.

We’re delighted that our first gamebook utilises gameplay from the BAFTA winning New Star Soccer. The timing of its release during Euro 2016 will resonate with football fans, as well as keen readers and gamers.”

Martyn Brown, MD of Insight Studios added: We’re really excited about the truly interactive fusion of book and game. Combing quality narrative and elements of the immediate and addictive gameplay from New Star Soccer feels very natural.”

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