Scholastic to Publish Book Series with Companion Online Game
NEW YORK—Dec. 20, 2011—Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is launching of “Infinity Ring,” a time travel book series for readers ages eight to 12. This new endeavor combines books, an interactive “Hystorian’s Guide” map feature and an immersive online game experience in which readers travel back in time to fix history.
“Infinity Ring” will launch in September 2012 with “Book 1: A Mutiny in Time,” written by bestselling author James Dashner, who also outlined the program’s overall story arc. Dashner will be followed by a team of bestselling and acclaimed authors including Carrie Ryan, Lisa McMann, Matt de la Pena, Matthew J. Kirby, and Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Each book in the series will be packaged with a unique “Hystorian’s Guide,” a collectible map that includes a special code to unlock exclusive content on the Infinity Ring online game. The multi-dimensional game experience on www.infinityring.com (site currently under construction) will allow kids to play as the main characters from the books as they travel back in history to fix the “Great Breaks,” key events that have gone wrong, altering history as we know it.
The online game—available on the Web, smart phones and iOS/Android tablets—features a fully realized virtual world, where players can interact with other characters, and explore key events in history alongside Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures featured in the books.
“People like to think that reading and gaming are two very separate experiences for kids, but with ‘Infinity Ring,’ we’re crashing them together into something that’s deeply satisfying for both their reader and gamer sensibilities. The web experience is going to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, creating a fully immersive reading and history experience,” said David Levithan, publisher and editorial director, Scholastic Press.
“Scholastic has been a part of my reading life for over thirty years, and it’s both surreal and exciting to now be working on this project together,” said James Dashner. “I’m so honored and looking forward to launching Infinity Ring. I know readers and gamers of all ages are in for a unique and unforgettable experience.”
Scholastic Corp. (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multimedia and other products that help children learn both at school and at home.