The New Monopoly Replaces Cash With Credit Cards and an ATM
Monopoly cheaters, your days are numbered. Hasbro has announced a new version of Monopoly that gets rid of cash money altogether, replacing it with a miniature ATM. Players will no longer have to count out physical bills, which means younger players won’t have to worry about doing math beyond their skill level, and cheaters won’t be able to sneak money out of the bank.
According to Engadget, Monopoly Ultimate Banking will come with an ATM-inspired device that can scan players’ debit cards and the game’s property cards in order to complete transactions. For example, a player who wants to purchase a property simply scans both cards, and lets the ATM automatically deduct the right amount from their “savings.” (Gizmodo notes that some earlier versions of Monopoly used a manual input ATM that actually slowed down gameplay).
The addition of the ATM-inspired device isn't the only update. The game will also include new “Life” cards which will cause economic changes, like rent fluctuations, that affect players.
Monopoly Ultimate Banking doesn’t have an official release date yet, though Engadget and Gizmodo say Hasbro plans to launch it sometime in the summer or fall of this year.