A Jane Austen role-playing game is in the works.
3 Turn Productions have released a beta version of online game, 'Ever, Jane', which is set in the virtual world of Regency England and the works of the late British novelist.
The game's official website reveals that players will not be forced to kill other characters, but instead the title is all about gaining a good social status by being invited to balls and dinner parties.
The site states: "Ever, Jane is an on-line role-playing game set in the virtual world of Regency England and the works of Jane Austen. Unlike many multi-player games, it's not about kill or be killed but invite or be invited. Gossip is our weapon of choice. Instead of raids, we will have grand balls. Instead of dungeons, we will have dinner parties.
"The village of Tyrehampton is centred round a tree-lined village green, with houses where you may own and redecorate to your taste any available terraced home as of our Open Beta Update 3 (Released 9 December 2016). Please feel free to role-play with your friends in and around the village. Drive a carriage to explore around the town or travel to the Estate for dancing. There are several "stories" to get you started. We are busy adding many more stories, dinner parties and other features for your enjoyment."
The game was created by Judy L Tyrer, who is behind online world Second Life.
At the start of the player's journey they are tasked with creating their alter-ego, including outfit and skin tone, and then invent a backstory.
What's more, there is a message board for online multiplayer gamers to discuss their characters and the history behind the title, as well as report any errors.
Austen died in 1817 and is known for classics such as 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Emma' and 'Sense and Sensibility'.
The full version of the game will be released later this year.
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