Harrison Ford has teamed up with a new L.A. game studio and Conservation International to launch the Facebook game Ecotopia, a free-to-play city building game with a focus on environmental issues, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Scheduled to launch April 4, the game drops players into a nearly uninhabitable environment, from which they must generate resources by completing in-game missions.
Like most Facebook efforts, you will be able to utilize your friends to advance in the game and help them as they play, defeating a series of challenges (in this case, environmental villains.) What makes the game unique, according to developer Talkie, is that Ecotopia will reward players for broadcasting their real-world green acts via the game.
Ford, when he's not busy exploring ruins or piloting the Millennium Falcon, is a conservation activist and serves as vice-chairman of the non-profit environmental group. While his gaming credentials are unknown, it was the one-time Han Solo who initiated the partnership between the companies after a conversation with Talkie chairman Larry Bond at a U.N. meeting on climate change in Nagoya, Japan.
"This game represents a refreshing new way to engage millions of people in addressing critical environmental issues and finding solutions that work for the well-being of humanity," said Ford in a statement.
Scheduled to launch this spring, Ecotopia won't remain a Facebook exclusive for long. Developers say they plan to quickly move to other platforms.
The game's going to have some competition when it hits Facebook, though. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, has announced that the iPhone's most popular title is headed to the social network as well, with plans to launch there within a month.
And it looks like the birds will come ready for a fight (which, when you think about it, isn't all that surprising). "There will be completely new aspects to it that just
haven't been experienced on any other platform," Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio told
Wired. "The pigs will have a more prominent role."
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