The 'Black Crown' is a narrative game that makes players pay to continue reading. The online story-game is free to play but uses micropayments to reveal additional story lines and other elements. According to Random House, players can "unlock story strands, expedite the narrative and acquire items and status within the world."
The interactive novel runs on the StoryNexus platform and works like a choose-your-own adventure novel. Readers can make decisions that affect the story. The 'Black Crown' hopes to draw users in with its apocalyptic setting in a dystopian world.
Created by Random House UK, the game is a step towards innovating in pricing models for the publisher. With literature moving towards the digital realm, 'Black Crown' may just be the beginning of pay-to-read products. Whether or not this pricing model is superior to the traditional one remains to be seen.
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